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Penn State Architecture Students Gain Insight Into Masonry Construction


Forty Penn State architecture majors traveled to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Wednesday, working side-by-side with faculty and students from Penn College’s School of Construction and Design Technologies. The visitors – accompanied by James Cooper, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture; instructors Reggie Aviles and Bethan Llewellyn Yen; and teaching assistant Adam Longenbach – cycled through a series of workstations in the masonry lab, gaining practical insight into the hands-on skills required to bring to life their architectural designs. Richard R. Motter and Glenn R. Luse, instructors of building construction at Penn College, joined by students and other well-versed trade representatives, supervised the laying of brick, concrete block and natural stone. A number of industry benefactors also supplied materials and mentorship during the visitors’ four-hour stay on main campus: (Anthony Mirachi and Thomas Smith, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union No. 5 of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; Fred Fischer, mason foreman, Caretti Masonry, Camp Hill; Fred and Heidi Wool, Liberty Bell Stone, Cogan Station; Cliff Grimes, residential/commercial sales, and Mike Lebo, division manager, both from Beavertown Block Co., Pleasant Gap; Shane Kerstetter, Quikrete, Paxinos; and Dale Pepper, BAC Local 5, Williamsport).

— Photos by Tom Wilson, news bureau writer/editor

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