Engineering students sign exposed beams of phase two construction of Reed

By Justine Espersen
Continuing a tradition, engineering students and some students who went on the Swaziland mission trip last year with the late Dr. Ken Johnson signed exposed beams of the phase two construction of Reed today.

This was the first time for students to see the building, which is still under construction. Phase two is expected to open for the next school year, according to Director of the Physical Plant Matt Whitis.

“It’s a great moment. I’m excited for the students to take a look,” Professor and Interim Chair Joe Schroeder said. “They’re thinking about the future and thinking about this transitional moment in their education journey.”

Senior Loren Crawford signs one of the exposed beams. Photo by Bekah Colbert.
Senior Loren Crawford signs one of the exposed beams. Photo by Bekah Colbert.

Most students signed their names with today’s date, others with love notes and some dedicating it “in loving memory of Dr. Ken Johnson.”

“It’s pretty cool to have a lasting impression. A part of me will always be on campus physically,” senior Durzy Durazo said.

Students signed exposed beams, which will be later covered up with drywall, in the main entry of the building, the hallway, and two beams in the physics lab.

“I chose to sign in the hallway because I don’t want to be in a classroom for the rest of my life,” senior Brennen Berry said.

In addition, students have signed exposed beams in both the Perry Center and Centennial Chapel.

“It’s a continuation from what we did from the last couple of projects,”  Whitis said. “Students can come back 20 years from now and say, ‘Hey, I signed here…you can’t see it, but I signed it.'”

Freshman Alberto Escobar-Ruiz and Freshman Tung Anh Cao look on as a fellow classmate signs the exposed support beam.
Freshman Alberto Escobar-Ruiz and Freshman Tung Anh Cao look on as a fellow classmate signs the exposed support beam.

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