Rebecca and Rich
Rebecca is studying Construction Management at NYU-Poly; Rich is one of the many carpenters who volunteered his time from Carpenters Local 107 in Worcester, Mass.
Rebecca — We’re flexing. We were both wearing bandanas, just like Rosie the Riveter. We were just goofing around after lunch.
Rich — That was a very hot, long day. We were in the blazing sun, putting up sunscreens. Rebecca and I represent the “muscle mill.”
Thomas is finishing his graduate work in Civil Engineering at Ghent University.
We were in the container for a long time. Demetrio and I were there for an hour and a half. We drank eight bottles of water. Every time we had a chance, we went to the door to get a breeze.
Tomi is a PhD student at WPI studying Construction Management.
From the harness, it seems that I was taking a break from being up in the roof all day and was having some fun with a picture I had taken on my cell phone, trying to alter it. Or maybe I was hallucinating about a couple of eggs Benedict and a nice steak…
Yunqui is a double-major in Chemistry and Professional Writing at WPI.
I was tired. This was after lunch. I knew I worked hard and I’m proud of myself. I was thinking this is probably my first and last time building a house as a chemistry major, and it’s a great experience for anyone, even if they don’t anything about construction.
Courtnae majors in Architectural Engineering at WPI.
That was a heavy-lifting day with a lot of waiting, and some of us didn’t have the muscle power needed. They finally gave us a task—tightening bolts. I was thinking, “Yes, let’s go do it!”
Javed studied Civil Engineering at NYU-Poly.
I was holding the truss. It was extremely hot in the container. The truss looks great, so I guess it’s worth it.
Tim is a graduate student in Civil Engineering at Ghent University.
These two pieces were coming together and there is a bolt inside. It was stuck in there. It was a matter of millimeters on a piece that was more than 5 meters. I needed to be very precise and tell people where to move and tilt these pieces.
Photo Credit: Noureddine El-Warari (all)