Gifted Students from Franklin Regional & Shaler Area Visit Construction Site

On May 12, 2017, 12 students from Franklin Regional Middle School and 12 students from Shaler Area Middle School had the chance to visit the construction site of the new elementary school on Scott Avenue that is being built for the Shaler Area School District.

The site visit was a capstone event for the Franklin Regional students who had participated in the annual Architectural Design Challenge (ADC) sponsored by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Massaro CM Services, LLC is the the construction manager for the new elementary school project. Dan Kiefer, the project manager for Massaro, is also a Franklin Regional parent involved with the gifted program (called SAL) at Franklin Regional. Over the past several years, Kiefer has mentored students involved with the ADC.

This year, the SAL teachers were able to arrange transportation for the 12 students to make a site visit to see an active construction site. Mr. Kiefer also invited the Shaler Area Middle School gifted students (called GATE) so they could have the same experience.

The group of 24 students were mixed and matched and while 12 were in the field experiencing the firsthand view of construction, the other 12 were seeing a demonstration of construction software Procore and learning how to read blueprints by site manager, RC Schultz.

Shaler Area’s GATE students plan to come back in the fall to see how the project has developed since their May visit.

Franklin Regional and Shaler Students

Students on-site

Identifying classrooms on-site.

Learning to read a Blueprint

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