Construction zone

Mar 18, 2008

Kettering students showed off their architecture skills over the weekend by building a 30-foot Kapla block tower.

The Kettering Up Til Dawn group organized a giant Kapla tower building project to highlight their fund-raising efforts for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Up Til Dawn student leadership capped off weeks of coordinating team fund-raising projects by organizing construction of a 30-plus-foot Kapla block tower in the Great Court.

They had to use an electric lift supplied by Kettering Facilities, to build the three-story structure. Kapla blocks are small uniformly-sized wooden planks sold as a building toy. Up Til Dawn used them as the focus of their 2008 fundraiser where campus teams raised money throughout the term, and for every $100 raised, the team received 100 Kapla blocks. The teams spent a week building their own towers the Great Court of the Campus Center.

Robert Marias, director of Greek Life and Community Service, and student Marc Brandt, from Danville, Ill., had to be trained to use the lift to facilitate building the 31-foot tall tower. Rotating groups helped with construction throughout the 19-hour project. "It was a lot of fun, a little nerve wracking and exhausting, but not necessarily in that order, " said Marias of the project.

The tower will stand for a week and then organizers will announce the final tally of the Up Til Dawn fund-raising results and knock the tower down. To date, the group has raised more than $5,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Written by Dawn Hibbard