From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (NNS) -- Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) Andrews hosted 20 high school students on a tour of the Ambulatory Care Center and Dental Clinic construction site as a part of the Society of American Engineers (SAME) Outreach Engineering Camp July 8.
The high school students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering were given the opportunity to participate in the one-week SAME Outreach Engineering Camp.
"The purpose of the tour was to provide the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction personnel with firsthand experience of a massive construction project, encourage their development in the construction field and grow their desire to continue in this field of work," said Lt. Cmdr. Blake Burket, ROICC Andrews.
The camp is led by a professional staff of engineers from the private industry and the military services.
"Mentorship and development of those who will follow you is an essential part of every officer's duties," said Burket. "While most of the time this concerns the immediate future, there is always a need to develop those in the upcoming generations."
Lt. j.g. Andy Stitt, construction manager, explained safety rules to the students before the tour began. Manhattan Hunt, A Joint Venture, gave the participants hardhats and assisted with the tour.
During the tour, Stitt provided information to the students about the steel construction and foundations, drilling caissons and friction pile supports.
"I hope that these young adults take away the enthusiasm that we have for construction, gain a deeper understanding of how much work goes into the construction of the buildings they use on a daily basis, and that this tour ignites the flame of wonder that develops throughout their growth to adulthood into a desire to become a part of the construction industry providing America with future leaders in the engineering, architecture and construction fields," said Burket.
The Ambulatory Care Center and Dental Clinic construction, a $220 million project, will improve support to military members, their families and wounded warriors returning from combat zones for the National Capital Region (NCR). Construction is being overseen by ROICC Andrews, a component of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. The project was awarded October 2013 and is scheduled for completion December 2016.