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MKSD hosts Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls to Show Them the World of Architecture

On Wednesday, June 21st, MKSD architects was host to the 20 campers and their camp leaders participating in the Lehigh Valley’s first Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls. This unique program is designed for high school age girls to attend a free week-long camp to explore the construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction manfacturing through hands on experiences and field trips.

The campers were welcomed by MKSD founding partner, Silvia Hoffman, who gave the girls an overview of architecture and described her journey from their high school age to becoming the president of one the region’s notable architectural firms.

Silvia greets the campers upon their arrival at MKSD office.

The girls learned about architectural drawings and the importance of building codes and other safety concerns from Jessica Klocek, one of our architects who specializes in healthcare interiors and LEED design.

Jessica reviews architectural drawings with the campers.

And after learning about the different paths to obtaining an architecture degree during lunch, Alicia Cressman, one of our project designers went through the process of material selection.

Alicia gives the campers some ideas about material selection.

The campers enjoyed looking through MKSD’s materials library.

MKSD architects was one of the many stops and activities that were planned for the campers to provide girls an opportunity to explore a career in the construction industry. Throughout the week the girls experiences construction trades, architecture, engineering through hands on learning and building. The program aims to develop greater self-esteem by teaching skils to solve challenging projects and giviing them the tools and ideas to successfully complete them.

We enjoyed hosting the girls for a few hours and we hope that their experience at MKSD’s office provided inspiration to the girls and showed them some of the opportunities that may be in their future.

Perhaps a spark was ignited in one or more of them to pursue architecture as a career!

For additional inofrmation about the camp, visit their website here, and read Brian Pedersen’s article on Lehigh Valley Business’s website here.

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