My name is Tiffany Pupa and I am a senior interior design student, and the student lead for Sparty’s Cabin. Part of my responsibility for the project is to act as a shift leader during the build. This entails introducing student builders to the project, safety training, and overall monitoring of the build site. I will ensure everyone has something to do, and are doing it safely and properly. I am expecting to have a few challenges with the technical questions from the students, as I do not have too much construction experience. Luckily, I will be guided by a Construction Management professor. I am hoping to gain leadership skills that could be transferrable to a project manager position through this project.
Since the project has started, I have been realizing how the students are connecting through building. We have to communicate what we need clearly for safety, and to ensure we are doing things properly. For example, we need to communicate what size a board needs to be cut to ensure it will fit. Also, students are working in extremely closely, there is little room for personal space during this build! Watching one student hold insulation down while the other saws, it is easy to see that they are not only building a house, but they are also team building. So far, this has been my favorite part of the project. It is really fun to meet and work with so many new faces from other majors, and learning to effectively communicate while making lasting friendships.