The Students at Middleton High School were given a hands on demonstration within the I-4 Corridor construction site from their ACE Mentors at PCL Engineering in Tampa.
Upon arrival to the worksite in the IKEA parking lot, the students met with the field crew from PCL, and got a backside view of the bridge they are working on.
This bridge will connect to the I-4 Leroy Selmon Expressway, once completed. And this project will also ease the traffic congestion to the Port of Tampa and Ybor City.
The Engineers briefed the students on the daily operation of this project. All personel must go through a mandatory safety orientation and be aware of all hazards when operating the equipment at the worksite.
Each project that the PCL Engineers work on consists of well over 600 people. This field craft includes many Contractors, Stateside Owners, Testing Agencies,Verification Technicians and Engineers. as well as many employees associated with PCL, Atkins, Skanska and the FDOT.
Due to lack of funding the I-4 Corridor Connector Project was delayed in 2007. The State was finally given the funding to restart the project in March 2010. The projected completion date is set for 2013. Once completed the new North/South Toll Road will connect I-4 with the Leroy Selmon Expressway, west of 31st Street.
During this unique field trip the students at Middleton High School were given hands on demonstrations from their ACE Mentors with PCL. Each student was demonstrated on how to us the (GPS Survey Land Auto Leveler). This device measures the height and elevation of pavement curbs. Before the area is demolitioned, the crew needs to know where the curb was previously located. Therefore, this is where this piece of equipment becomes very vital to the project.
Each student that participated was shown how to calculate curb measurements. And they were given hands on demonstrations on how to use the (Total Station), which is used to fine tune and get the correct angles using a cone shaped prismrod at a 360 degree angle. This rod reflects light back to the device to get the SD Slope distance of the area they are preparing to demolition.
“This demonstation and many others such as a trip to Strawberry Crest High School”.
During this trip the students met with the architects that designed this school. They also visited the Skanska office where the students were lectured on the construction means, methods and procurement, equipment safety and project logistics safety.
The purpose for each of these trips is because the students at Middleton are on a MISSON to create their “IDEAL HIGH SCHOOL”.
The ACE Mentor workshop started on September 13, 2011 and it will end with a presentation from the students in February 2012.
The Engineering teacher at Middleton High School is Mr. Scott Mead. His students have been meeting every Tuesday from 3:00 till 5:00 PM participating in workshops with the ACE Mentors from numerous local Engineering companies.
This program is now in the latter stages with the students completing their plans to construct their “Ideal High School”….
These future engineers who participated were broken up into 4 groups consisting of 8 students in each group. They will present their ideas on January 31st. The presentation will follow with an ACE Banquet Dinner and an Awards ceremony. The winning group with receive a scholarship and other gift awards.
For more information on the Magnet Program at Middleton High School, you can contact Kathy Freriks, Lead Teacher for Magnet Programs at 813-233-3360. For information on the ACE Mentor Program contact Lisa Davis from PBS&J at Atkins Company 813-281-7301 or Cengiz Mumcuoglu from Skanska at 813-281-3242.