CSU, Chico News

Concrete Industry Management Students Spend Summer on Alcatraz Island

Date: 06-21-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Trevor Prater
CIM Student/ On-Site Public Relations Coordinator

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program of the College of Engineering at California State University, Chico has partnered with Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to create the first ever CSU, Chico CIM Summer Field School on Alcatraz Island this summer. Five select students from the CIM program began work on the project June 7 and are living in restored officers barracks in the Marin Headlands. They are working fulltime as National Park volunteers on Alcatraz Island throughout the 10-week internship, preserving and repairing deteriorated concrete structures, some of which date to the 1850s.

The National Historic Landmark Alcatraz Island, the Presidio and many historic batteries and sites are within the GGNRA, the largest urban national park in the world. The GGNRA encompasses more than 75,000 acres and 28 miles of coastline, an area nearly two and a half times the size of San Francisco.

Andrew Billingsley, Stig Strombeck, Jonathan Hall, Bryan James and Trevor Prater were selected to represent the CIM program and the College of Engineering throughout this summer’s pilot program. They will be working with college faculty, invited industry experts and National Parks Service personnel to perform historic concrete evaluation, repairs and structural analysis as well as analyzing and preparing project scopes of work for both future CIM Field School students and the National Parks Service personnel to perform.

This tremendous opportunity has been funded by a cultural resources stewardship grant through the GGNRA and generous contributions by CIM patron supporters, including BASF Construction as a major sponsor, providing students with both room and board and a living stipend. CSU, Chico and GGNRA plan to extend this pilot program into an annual CIM Summer Field School, allowing a continuing program through which university students can work side-by-side with experts that represent both the cultural and structural facets of the concrete repair and preservation industries.

This opportunity extends the sustainability focus of the CSU, Chico CIM program through first-hand experience with construction practices, applications, methods and materials that lead to environmentally friendly, culturally responsible and durable new structures and rehabilitation of existing structures.

While on Alcatraz Island, the five students will be completing a mandatory internship requirement that is designed to immerse students in a real and practical workplace, better preparing them for technical and managerial work upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Graduating students in the Concrete Industry Management program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management with a minor in Business Administration. This multidisciplinary program prepares men and women for a wide variety of professional careers in the concrete industry and addresses the growing need for technical managers in the field.

For more information, please contact Tanya Wattenburg Komas, director/program coordinator, CIM, at 530-898-4487 or tkomas@csuchico.edu.