Engineering students' class project results in new walkway, earth garden

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Amarjit Singh, (808) 956-3933
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Posted: May 8, 2015

Professor Amarjit Singh and College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch admire the new walkway.
Professor Amarjit Singh and College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch admire the new walkway.
Students and employees plant an earth garden near the POST and HIG buildings.
Students and employees plant an earth garden near the POST and HIG buildings.

The UH Mānoa College of Engineering recently held a dedication, blessing and opening ceremony for a six-foot-wide and 40-foot-long walkway in the area between the POST and HIG buildings.  The project was designed, surveyed, built and installed this semester by 60 Civil and Environmental Engineering UHM students.  They were assisted by UHM Facilities and Grounds personnel.

The collaborative effort was a semester-long class project for the CEE 375 Construction Materials students, taught by College of Engineering Professor Amarjit Singh.  The project also resulted in the design and planting of a nearby rain garden.

Said Singh, “We are very happy about the collaboration with the Building and Grounds Department, resulting in our students not only receiving a great learning experience, but also adding to the quality of life for our entire campus.”

Added Steve Meder, UHM Interim Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Planning and Facilities, “Expanding education beyond the classroom and having students see the potential of their professional training’s effect, in real ways and in the larger world, bring us all back to exactly why we are here.  We look forward to other student/worker collaborations in the future.”

Taking part in the untying of the maile lei were Professor Singh, Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch, Director of Buildings and Grounds Management Roxanne Adams, and Jameson Ramelb, Landscape Manager.

CEE 375 is a Civil and Environmental Engineering class on construction materials.  It imparts knowledge on properties of aggregates for concrete, types of cement and properties of concrete, and mixing, handling, placing and curing of concrete, among other topics.  The lectures are complemented by laboratory sessions, in which students learn subjects such as sieve analysis of aggregates, absorption and specific gravity of aggregates, measuring fresh properties of concrete, concrete testing, and concrete mixing and placing. 

Photos of the Walkway and Rain Garden Dedication may be viewed on the College of Engineering’s website at http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/news-publications/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=82.

For more information, visit: http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/