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Student Profile: Nicole Branola, Clemson University and LS3P Associates Ltd.

Nicole Bronola leveraged her work as part of the PCI Foundation Precast Studio at Clemson University to start working for LS3P in Greenville, South Carolina as an intern in their Neal Prince Studio. Nicole's senior final project received the top Honor Award from Clemson University School of Architecture. Nicole was among the Clemson Students who displayed their work during the 2016 PCI Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

How did you get your current position?

I participated in a 4th year undergraduate architecture studio course dedicated to precast concrete, where local architecture firms, and engineers interacted with the students throughout the project course. Through this, I was able to add the precast project into my portfolio, and was introduced to the  LS3P architecture firm in Greenville, where I later interviewed for the position.

What surprised you about precast concrete when you first started learning about it?

I was fascinated by the many methods and uses of precast, as well as its efficiency.

How did the class prepare you for your current role?

The class gave me knowledge of new materials and products applicable to my current position. This was done not only though traditional methods of teaching, but also through hands on interaction with the product and process of creating it.

Was there anyone who helped you learn more about the industry and precast products?

My studio professor Carlos Barrios as well as Peter Finsen who closely worked with our studio and organized lectures with local precast manufacturers.

What advice would you give another student one of the PCI Foundation sponsored programs designing with precast?

Take advantage of the opportunities given within the classroom and explore the possibilities of precast within your design.

Where do you see yourself working in the future?

In a commercial or residential architecture firm, hopefully implementing precast into various types of design.

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