Our Marketing intern Cole, joined Sr. Superintendent, Jeff Walters at Park University’s Plaster Center – scheduled to complete this summer. Cole walked the project with Jeff for over an hour, absorbing his construction knowledge and learning in-depth details about the project.

Cole is a Junior at DeSoto High School and is working with Straub during his spring semester.

An amazing learning opportunity.

As Jeff and I approached Park University’s Plaster Center, I realized my first thought that the building was empty was drastically wrong. Different professionals from woodworkers, to electricians, to elevator installers, were in almost every room working like a well-oiled machine (probably due to Jeff’s great leadership).

As Jeff and I walked the building, he talked about the challenges and successes the project has gone through. He went through every detail, even explaining how they take precautions to keep the water pipes from freezing at night.

“Seeing how all the parts and pieces come together to construct buildings is really the only way to understand it.”

The highlight of the experience was going on top of the roof and overlooking not only Park University’s campus, but also the river beside the campus. The view was beautiful, but there was also an educational element to it – Jeff showed me how even the smallest details have a big impact on the final project.

On top of the roof, there were two water drains about one foot wide that help relieves strain on the roof in case of heavy rain or snow. This simple lesson helped me to realize the attention to detail everyone on the job site must take in order to complete a project.

Overall, visiting Park University’s Plaster Center was an amazing learning opportunity, and it was great to observe how different people and professions work together. The amount that I learned was priceless. Seeing how all the parts and pieces come together to construct buildings is really the only way to understand it.