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Students Helping Habitat Families Realize Home-Ownership Dream


Penn College construction students prep the site of a Habitat for Humanity build ...
Penn College construction students prep the site of a Habitat for Humanity build …
... installing a layer of foam insulation prior to finishing the concrete work.
… installing a layer of foam insulation prior to finishing the concrete work.

Harry W. Hintz Jr.’s Concrete Construction class (BCT 238) has been involved with a Habitat for Humanity project this semester in Williamsport’s West End, spending two entire class periods at the 1608 Scott St. site. “The first day was spent doing prep work, where we used a laser transit to get the stone subgrade to the correct height, then we installed 2-inch foam board as the floor insulation,” said Hintz, an instructor of construction technology. “The following week, we placed and finished 20 yards of concrete that is serving as the first floor” of the two-unit structure. Additional students, representing the Penn College Construction Association, are involved in the project. “The Scott street build is a duplex that will house two families – to be selected this month! – and both Professor Hintz’s students and students of the PCCA have been instrumental in the build thus far,” said Katherine M. McCaslin, program director for Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity (who also provided photos). “We look forward to working with the students again in the fall.”

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