Winners Announced in Annual Bridge-Building Competition

Published 03.29.2007

Architecture & Sustainable Design
Student News

Gregory E. O'Connor Andrew J. Polski A team of architectural technology students won the 17th annual "Bridging the Gap" competition, with a construction-paper bridge that carried 119.39 times its weight. Team members, whose creation came out on top after Tuesday's weight-bearing tests, are Jared T. Sims, Souderton; Jessica L. Cruise, Scranton; Jason T. Detwiler, Liberty; Gregory E. O'Connor, Islip Terrace, N.Y.; and Brendan J. Kemmerer, Quakertown. The unofficial winner was Andrew J. Polski, a residential construction management-architectural technology major from Chantilly, Va., with a bridge carrying 421.22 times its weight. His 188-gram bridge was over the weight limit of 159 grams, according to Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architecture. The official winners' bridge weighed 142 grams.
Photos by Ashlin R. Hollinger, casual part-time student photographer