New England Tech Graduate Is Paving The Way For Women In Building Technologies

Gilbane building construction management logoNew England Institute of Technology graduate Karrie Kratz is paving the way for the future of women in the construction and building industries – literally.

Kratz, who is now employed at Gilbane Building Co. as a Senior Project Manager began her career with the company as an account clerk while paying her way through business school. However, as her career at Gilbane progressed, she found herself gravitating toward the construction management and engineering fields and ultimately decided to pursue an education at New England Tech.

As part of her responsibilities with Gilbane, Kratz now oversees large-scale construction projects. Her current project is overseeing the construction of the $107.5 million Maloney High School renovation.

To learn more about Kratz’s career path and the current project she’s working on check out the article in My Record Journal here.

New England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE mentoring program Rhode Island - architecture construction engineeringNew England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE’s Rhode Island program helps high school students discover how to translate their interests and abilities into exciting, rewarding careers in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Professionals drawn from leading area firms mentor teams of students, explaining the inner workings of their jobs, leading tours of major construction sites and challenging the teams with hands-on design projects.

The program also gives students a chance to win college scholarships and cultivate industry contacts that could help them obtain college admissions, internships and full-time positions.

For more information on the ACE RI program or to register a student please visit http://www.acementor.org/686

Plumbing and Heating Commercial | New England Tech

The Associate in Science Degree in Plumbing and Heating is a program offered jointly through the Plumbing Department and the Heating Department.

Plumbing/Heating is a comprehensive program designed to train the student as an entry-to-industry level technician. The student is taught the basic theory and practices of plumbing and heating and receives hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. The program offers a curriculum combining two distinct but interconnected areas: heating, with residential structures and plumbing: residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

Fire Station Design Requested from New England Tech Architectural Students

New Fire Station On The Drawing Board

From: RI Creative Magazine

East Greenwich RI fire station designed by New England Tech

Students in the Architectural Building Engineering Technology (ABT) program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) were assigned a unique project by Assistant Professor Tom Lonardo in response to a request from Fire Chief Peter Hendrikson of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Lonardo, along with ABT Department Chair, Phil Marks, met with ChiefHendrikson and Deputy Chief, RussellMcGillivray, and learned that the town was contemplating the construction of a new state-of-the-art fire station. ChiefHendrikson asked if the ABT students were interested in participating in the design of the new facility.With many years of experience in designing fire stations under his belt, Mr.Lonardo was eager to have his students in course ABT 235, Building Design & Technology IV, get involved with the project. Although upgrades have been made over time, the existing fire station had been in operation since 1914.  The students were charged with designing a new fire station and emergency operations center for the East Greenwich Fire District.Albert Braynen, Mathew Carpenter, DylanCarpino,Sabatino Giordano, Richard Lavery, Felix Lei,Ivandro Pires, KyPlamondon, and Victor Santiago were given the specifications of the project. They had to complete a site analysis using maps, photos, sketches, and personal interpretation. Documentation of important site features had to be included, such as emergency access, public and private space, landscape features and topography, circulation (both vehicular and pedestrian),edge conditions (such as buildings, vegetation, and water), sun, wind, light, existing surrounding uses, and future expansion.Upon completion of the project, the ABT students presented to a jury of East Greenwich Fire Department officials. Each of the unique designs had to include a site plan, floor plans, general construction method, elevations, building materials and codes, and much more. The jury included Fire Chief Hendrikson, Deputy Chief McGillivray, Commissioner Stephen Bartlett, Captain Thomas Mears, and Administrative Assistant Pamela Johnson. This team was so impressed by the professionalism of the students and their architectural concepts that they hope to incorporate some of the elements into the final fire station design.

As Lonardo stated, “We were thrilled to have this opportunity for our students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have acquired at New England Tech for such a worthwhile project. The students gained valuable experience as they worked from architectural concept to the unveiling of their unique design. We all felt a great sense of pride giving back to the community.”

by Linda A. Dionne
Media Relations Specialist, New England Tech

Is Rhode Island’s Economy on the Rebound? Story from GoLocalProv.com

Is Rhode Island’s Economy on the Rebound?

Rhode Island recession recovery

Uptick in building and construction cited as an economic strength indicator for Rhode Island.

 

Read the full story at GoLocalProv.com on what other good news is in store (retail was another) for Rhode Island’s economy…

Builders Hanging Help-Wanted Signs as Industry Rebounds

Construction employment in the U.S. is poised to rebound as a swelling pipeline of projects prompts companies to expand.

Builders in October had the most job openings and broke ground on more homes than at any time in four years, government data show. Billing by architecture firms, which typically leads construction by at least nine months, is climbing at the fastest pace since December 2010.

Builders Hanging Help-Wanted Signs as Industry Rebounds
Builders Hanging Help-Wanted Signs as Industry Rebounds

“You have a lot of projects right now in design and development, and as soon as the financing hits and the approvals are out, then the shovels go in the ground,” said Suzanne Breistol, co-owner of ConstructionConnection.com, a Marble Falls, Texas-based employment consulting service.

While construction payrolls accounted for 4.1 percent of all U.S. employment in November, a six-decade low, industry hiring will ripple through the world’s largest economy, prompting manufacturers, retailers, landscapers, real-estate brokers and transportation companies to also take on staff, according to economist Mark Zandi.  About 250,000 construction and related jobs will be created in 2013, 13 percent of the 1.93 million Zandi projects the U.S. will add.

“Construction is a small share of the job market, but it can be a very large share of job growth, particularly when the construction industry is in an upswing,” said Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “A big share of the improvement in jobs growth that I anticipate will come from construction and anything related.”

Click here for entire story from Bloomberg.com

NEIT trades-program students may qualify for the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship

rhode_island-college_scholorships-neitNew England Tech students enrolled in a skilled trade program may qualify for the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship

(Yes, that Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs fame)

Mike Rowe Foundation

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Electrical Technology is the right program for Nicole at New England Tech

New England Tech Electrical Technology student, Nicole, is breaking ground in what had been a predominantly male field – hear her story in this short video.

Meet Sarah, a plumbing and heating graduate from New England Tech.

Sarah stayed home with her kids for years, but when it was time for a career to support her family she found New England Tech’s Plumbing and Heating Technology programs to be a good fit – hear her story in this short video.

New England Tech Heating Program featured on WPRI Rhode Show