Six Western students perform construction-based volunteer work

CULLOWHEE – Six students in Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering and Technology recently came together to do some volunteer work at a house in Whittier.

The six students, all members of Western’s Construction Management Student Club, helped construct a well pump-house, installed a non-slip surface on a wheelchair ramp and touched up some painting on the house.

The students were joined by Ben Friddle, an official with the Jackson County Department of Aging. Friddle also is a coordinator with Community Action to Reach the Elderly, which is a program of Project CARE.

The activity was organized through the Construction Management Student Club, which provides community service projects and related construction exposure for Western students enrolled in the construction management program.

Participating students were Brandon Blevins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Richard Baldwin of Etowah; Kevin Kirk of Durham; Derrick Morgan of Fort Mill, S.C.; Jake Muirhead of Waynesville; and Julia Tew of Zebulon.

“When the day came to an end, we all felt really good about what we had done, and I know the couple we helped appreciated the work, as well,” said Muirhead.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from the beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information, contact Craig D. Capano, Western associate professor and Construction Management Club adviser at (828) 227-2438.