Penta students construct building for Eastwood athletics PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:11
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PEMBERVILLE - Roughly 100 students from Penta Career Center recently helped Eastwood upgrade its athletic facilities.
Penta students involved in the Construction Carpentry, Electricity, Remodeling, Masonry, HVACR/Piping Systems Technology and Construction trades program constructed a 2,200 square-foot storage building on the Eastwood campus, which will house concessions, a press box, restrooms and equipment. The building will be used by various Eastwood athletic teams.
The students also built two smaller structures for the baseball and softball fields, which can be used for the same purposes.
The larger storage building features a two-part truss system, fire retardant materials, three windows on the second floor to view games, decorative wainscoting and a full brick front on one side of the building
Rob Weaver, a carpentry instructor at Penta, said this project gave students practical experience in their respective fields.
"The different between a real project and a lab project is the hundreds of small things that have to be solved," Weaver said.
Each school year, Penta students work on one large project to gain career experience.
"We usually build a house, but the house fell through very last minute," Weaver said.
But, as luck would have it, "It turned out Eastwood was thinking about constructing this building," he said.
Eastwood Superintendent Brent Welker said constructing the large building had been on the district's plan. However, had Penta not been in search of a larger project, Eastwood may have prolonged the construction.
"We had a need for storage to upgrade our facilities. When everything is said and done, we will have better amenities for our fans, players and coaches," Welker said.
"You have to remember, prior to this we were using a Coke trailer," Welker said.
Penta students and staff provided the labor for free. Eastwood received private donations, as well as funds from clubs and athletic teams to pay for the materials.
"It was a win-win for everybody," Welker said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:22

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