LONDON, (KBTX)- Texas A&M construction science students were in London during spring break putting their skills to the test at Constructionarium.
In the program’s final academic week, 33 students served as project managers, safety officers, accounting and scheduling heads to build a scaled-down replica of The Gherkin, a distinctive London skyscraper, and the Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge.
Students from College Station joined students this past week who were already in London studying.
The projects are completed on a 15-acre site in northeast England.
A&M Dean of Architecture Dr. Jorge Vanegas and Dr. Patrick Suermann, Department Head of Construction Science, was also in attendance to examine the work, along with Professor Gary Boldt.
Established over ten years ago, Constructionarium provides a hands-on construction experience for students and professionals; where participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.
The principle is to link academic institutes with industry and to ensure that the students are able to apply the knowledge they have gained in a practical, safe and relevant environment.
Texas A&M’s construction science students are the only U.S. students who build structures at the site.
In addition to studying in the U.K., students from the College of Architecture also learn in semester-long, study abroad venues in Italy, Spain, Germany and in shorter programs in China, Japan and Costa Rica.