This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to volunteer to help work on a Habitat for Humanity house through ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers, a student-run organization for CivEs at Lehigh. The house was just two miles from campus, on the south side of Bethlehem, right on the corner of the mountain overlooking the Lehigh River and Bethlehem Steel stacks.
So that morning, a group of about ten of us, from both ASCE and Engineers without Borders, drove out to the site, put on our hardhats, and grabbed a hammer. Our task for the day was raising and setting the remaining three walls on the second floor. With just a pile of 2×4’s, 2×6’s, and 4×8 plywood we constructed the front, back, and right side walls in all of three hours. Our many hands definitely made light work! And at the end of the day, we traded in our time to help out for a great cause. This type of construction work is something that I’ve been around all my life and the reason I choose civil engineering. This project has been one of my highlights for this semester.