Oregon Tech AGC Student Chapter awarded 3rd place in Outstanding Chapter for construction of three greenhouses for the local tribes in Beatty, Chiloquin, and Klamath Falls, OR
The Oregon Institute of Technology Associated General Contractors (AGC) Student Chapter was selected as the third place winner of a $400 cash prize and the 2014 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter award to be presented on March 18, 2015 at the AGC Annual Convention in San Juan, PR.
This award was given to an AGC of America Student Chapter that undertook a project which benefited the local community. The Oregon Tech AGC Student Chapter constructed three greenhouses for the local tribes in Beatty, Chiloquin, and Klamath Falls, OR.
The Oregon Tech AGC chapter currently has 31 members and 13 student chapter members embarked on the service project, which began in January 2014. Oregon Tech AGC Student Chapter President Earl Matthews wrote, "The purpose of this project was to assist in a USDA-funded research project to determine whether a greenhouse maintained within a community would produce more crops than a greenhouse maintained by an individual. The grant was obtained by Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services with the primary goal of alleviating the food shortage status of most areas around Klamath County; three for the community and three for individuals. The Oregon Tech AGC-ASCE student chapter was in charge of constructing three 10-ft by 20-ft timber framed greenhouses at sites in Beatty, OR, Chiloquin, OR, and Klamath Falls, OR. The greenhouses were designed and prefabricated in the winter term by freshman students enrolled in ENGR101 Introduction to Engineering. In April, the AGC-ASCE student chapter transported materials in the civil engineering trailer (partially funded by the AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter), and began constructing the first greenhouse in Beatty, Oregon."
Oregon Tech AGC faculty advisor Dr. C.J. Riley oversaw the project. “I am incredibly proud of the student chapter for
their hard work on this project,” says Dr. Riley. “The recognition from AGC is proof that their efforts to construct greenhouses for the Klamath Tribes last year were important. They really went above and beyond to serve their community.”
This project provided students with the opportunity to help out the local community through their knowledge of designing and fabrication. The Oregon Tech AGC student chapter was able to partner with Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services to assist in the design, fabrication, and implementation of the greenhouses at a low cost. This offered students the chance to get hands-on experience working on a design and build project while helping the community. UPDATE:
Oregon Tech's ASCE club won the Paul Emerick Training Award for constructing greenhouses for local tribes at the annual business meeting in Vancouver this year.
About the Oregon Tech ASCE-AGC Student Chapter
The ASCE-AGC student chapter participates actively with faculty, students, industry, and the community. Membership in ASCE prepares students for an active role in the civil engineering profession. It offers students an opportunity to engage with professional engineers and contractors to further develop a vision for their future and network with potential employers. The chapter sponsors events and speakers on campus and allows students to travel off campus to events in Oregon, California, and this year to Montana for the ASCE Regional Conference where the steel bridge and concrete canoe teams will compete.