Sitting idly by? Not these students!
– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday
Explaining the design of their Model S-10 chair, which combined sustainability and architecture through "a responsibility to make our world a better place," are (from left) Rodrigo Barrios-Piedra, of Avondale; Haley M. Kalvin-Gold, of Boalsburg; Rajni "RJ" Thompson, of Merion Station; and Diana M. Gaglione, of Williamsport.
Reflecting the fun side of collaborating on a focused task, Cyvae Hunte (center), of Langhorne, demonstrates the cellphone-storage capability of the chair's center console. He is joined by teammates Alec J. Rivera (left), of Temple; and Lex R. Yocum, of Watsontown. The good humor carried through to the project's name, as the group paid homage to Pink Floyd in dubbing it "Another Bench in the Hall."
Judges Alejandro F. Huaman, of Dingmans Ferry, one of last year's competitors, and Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of admissions events and communications, gauge the chair's comfort and durability. Huaman earned an associate degree in architectural technology in 2016 and is scheduled to graduate in May with a bachelor's in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
A gracefully slim entry (with dowels and decorative side pieces), which used 49 of the allowable 50 pieces of corrugated cardboard, is presented by its creators. From left are Andy M. McMullen, of Hollidaysburg; Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport; and Steven A. Adams, of Watsontown.
The group's "Relaxation" design is assessed by Wozniak, who appears to affirm the sought-after vibe. Also judging the entries were Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies; Roberta Schwenk, makerspace assistant; and Campbell." />
The "Interweave" chair, with cardboard strips entwined into a uniquely intricate pattern, is displayed by Jacob M. Pusateri, of Port Matilda. Enhancing the presentation are classmates (from left) Brandon M. Malchano, of McKees Rocks; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville; and Dominic J. McClellan, of Spring Creek.
Students recount the trial-and-error process that resulted in "The Throne," so named for its resemblance to – yep, you guessed it. From left are Carter J. Simcox, of Lock Haven; Zackary R. Burkhart, of Milton; Mark A. Dosa, of Warminster; and Bryce A. Martin, of Thompsontown.
Beshoy A. Farid (left), of Lancaster, and Ben M. Kratzer, of Middleburg, share the particulars of their design, which includes eye-pleasing armrests and a combined seat and back for stability. (Not present was Cole S. King, of York Springs.)
Wozniak and Campbell join their students (and the students' chairs) outside the architectural wing of the LEC.
With a background in architecture and marketing, Lester is well positioned to offer the students advice on crafting effective presentations that provide a clear sense of both their talent and individuality.