On Saturday, Lehigh’s prestressed concrete class traveled over to Pottsville, PA and went to Northeast Prestressed Concrete Plant. The Big Beam Competition (as I mentioned in previous blogs) is under way, and two of our class’ designs were sent to this plant and fabricated. On Saturday, our job was to tie the stirrups to the prestressed strands and to set up the formwork for the concrete pouring. We also were able to get an informal tour of the plant and see some extremely large beams. Since there were a ton of us at the plant, it was a little hard to jump right in and help with the beams, but upon my professor’s encouragement, we all were able to contribute to the setup of the beam.
After our work was done at the plant, we went to the Yuengling Brewery (also in Pottsville!). We were given a tour of the brewery, which is in fact the oldest brewery in the country. After the tour, we were given a sample of our choice (we’re all 21 or over in this class, but they served birch beer for the underage visitors). It was a really nice, yet long, day and it was a good experience to have with my CivE friends. On our way home, a few of us stopped at Cabela’s for lunch, which is one of the coolest stores I have ever been to! Even if you don’t hunt or fish, it is awesome just to walk around the store. After that long day, it was nice to go home (to Philly), relax with my family, and get in the zone for the interview that I previously mentioned in my last blog.