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Our Little Haven to Dedicate Play Equipment Built by Lafayette High School Students

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Little hands will soon be able to play chef on the playground at Our Little Haven, thanks to Geometry in Construction students at Lafayette High School.

This Saturday, May 8th at 10am, an all-weather toy kitchen will be assembled onsite at 4316 Lindell Boulevard, the headquarters of Our Little Haven. The nonprofit organization – founded in 1993 – provides a safe, secure and healing environment for those impacted by abuse, neglect and mental or behavioral health needs. At 11am Saturday, Our Little Haven’s staff and board members will cut the ribbon and dedicate the outdoor play kitchen.

“Not only did the Rockwood students design and build exactly what our staff was hoping for, they included their own creativity in building this resource that will be a staple on our campus,” said Chris Munoz, the organization’s development director. “Rockwood School District’s industrial arts instructor approached our organization a few years ago and asked if we had any needs that the district’s Geometry in Construction class might fulfill. We identified the kitchen. We had a well-worn one that wasn’t made to tolerate extended outdoor use. This kitchen is a wonderful addition to our playground and our kids will enjoy it and learn from it for years to come.”

More than 60 Lafayette High School students participate in the Geometry in Construction program, according to Munoz. “The program combines math and construction and is facilitated by a math teacher and technology teacher,” he said. “It allows students to apply real-world geometry, carpentry and design into sustainable, useful community projects. This program has provided tiny homes, sheds, benches, shelving units, dog houses and much more for local nonprofits in the St. Louis community.”

Steve Faust, chief storyteller at icon Mechanical, has served as a board member at Our Little Haven for seven years. His earlier work history includes 10 years as a carpenter. Faust says the Geometry in Construction curriculum represents another creative strategy for sparking high school students’ interest in the field of construction and giving them the chance to help a worthy nonprofit organization at the same time.

“Anytime we’re able to expose students to opportunities in the world of construction, it’s a win,” said Faust, whose employer regularly brings students, teachers and counselors through icon Mechanical’s shop to see mechanical contracting and engineering at work close-up.

Munoz said the St. Louis construction partners have been good to Our Little Haven.

“With budgets tight and margins thin, we truly appreciate the support of the construction industry,” he said.

For more information about this Saturday morning’s onsite play equipment assembly and the dedication immediately following, contact Munoz at (314) 669-9386.

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ICON Mechanical Hosts Family Fun Day

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailOn Saturday, June 16th, icon Mechanical hosted its first-ever “Family Fun Day” at its facility in Granite City, IL.  Not only was there barbecue, sidewalk chalk and a racecar, but this day also included tours of fabrication shops, warehouses and the community garden that icon sponsors for its Granite City Neighbors.

Most importantly, this day provided an eye into the future.

The pitter-patter of little feet were heard, and a sea of kid-sized safety glasses and hard hats could be seen traveling icon’s facilities during this family-friendly event. “The purpose was to let all our employees—office and field—bring their families to see where we work and what we do,” said Steve Faust, icon’s Director of Business Development and Diversity Coordinator.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce our youngest generation to the trades. We had the little ones running bridge cranes, operating welding positioners…seeing how we make pipe sections and ductwork.” This may have been the first year for the family-friendly event, but it will not be the last.

“She talked all the way home about how she moved big pipes today just like her Daddy does,” said Matt B. speaking of his daughter Abbi (Age 5). “Now every day when I get home from work she asks me how many pieces of pipe I moved today and if I had as much fun as she did. It’s pretty cool to know she’s excited about the work her Daddy does every day.”

icon Mechanical is a full-service mechanical engineering and construction contractor founded in 1995, whose client base includes BJC, Monsanto, US Steel and Pfizer. Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail