Submitted by Deb on Tue, 08/31/2021 - 17:00

HBK is pleased to report the Engineers in Action Bridge Program, a project uniting the talents of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Rutgers engineering students with people in West Virginia, completed building a bridge at the end of July. HBK donated to the effort.

The 32-foot-long Vance Vehicular Bridge in Lizemores, West Virginia, was needed following 2016 floods in the area. Students worked with engineers and were responsible for the design, construction, safety and logistics review for the project.

“It feels surreal to us being able to build a bridge with a community after encountering challenges related to the pandemic throughout 2020 and early 2021; thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin,” said Helen Sun, president, University of Illinois at Champaign Chapter Engineers in Action Bridge Program.

During the two-week construction period, the 10 participating engineering students learned about each other and the West Virginia community they helped.

“Despite our diversity of background and experience, this bridge was an unforgettable experience for all of us,” Sun said. “I know everyone can say that we learned more about bridges, construction, and West Virginia culture in these two weeks than we ever learned from our classes. We walked away from this project more knowledgeable, but more importantly with new friends and stories to tell.”

Other organizations working on the project were the Mennonite Disaster Service, West Virginia  Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV-VOAD), and JZ Engineering.

EIA students
Collage
Completed bridge