Akron Chapter #124 of NAWIC, National Association of Women in Construction, designed and implemented the summer Girl Scout camp program “Build Like A Girl” for the GSNEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.
NAWIC committee members included Julie Brandle, President and Founder of Metis Construction, Anke Myers, Owner Pro-Fab Steel, Mardi Gauer, Project Manager The Ruhlin Company, and Rosemary Koly, Retired.
The weeklong camp, designed for girls grades 6-8, was held at Camp Ledgewood in Peninsula. The program included a visit to Hasenstab Architects in Akron, where girls learned about what it takes to be an architect from Michelle Tomei and Amber Faust both Hasenstab Architects and NAWIC members. Girls also visited four home sites under construction with Boulder Builders in Cuyahoga Falls and under construction and newly completed commercial construction projects in Kent built by Metis Construction, led by Julie Brandle. The favorite part of the tour was a stop at Popped!, where owner Gwen Rosenberg opened her then under construction addition to the girls and talked with them about being a female owned business and how they “can be anything they want to be” when they grow up! During the camp, girls also participated in a Lego building competition, built a bench, earned their Woodworking Badge and had all the usual camp fun like swimming, hiking, campfires, and canoeing. It was a fun, full week!
In addition to Popped!, the program would have been impossible without the following sponsors: Krumroy-Cozad Construction, Akron Concrete Construction, Duer Construction Company, Gauer Rental Services, Hasenstab Architects, Hummel Group, JD Williamson, Meaden & Moore CPA, Metis Construction Services, Precision Excavating and Grading, Renata Ochsenhirt, The Beaver Excavating Company, The Ruhlin Company, W-3 Wealth Management, Winer & Bevilacqua CPA.