US Formliner Leads Student Workshops
If I had to point to one thing that makes the biggest difference in the success of a PCI Foundation education program, it would be the relationship between the professors and the local industry partners. Those partnerships start early to ensure that the student experience reflects the local industry needs and completely meets the curriculum required by the university. In most cases the partners focus on either a regional group or individual producer member company. They review the syllabus, step in to give lectures, and invite students into the field and fabrication facility. But the relationship doesn’t always stop there. A few professional members and suppliers to the precast industry are taking part in the programs and helping make the experience even more meaningful to the students.
For the last three years, Ray Clark of US Formliner has worked with professor Calos Barrios at Clemson University to give students a first-hand experience making their own formliners in the studio.
I give our AIA presentation on formliners and then we move to the hands-on portion,” says Clark. “The students mix the liquid rubber, pour some into our standard master molds, and some of them use their own elements or designs. A chance to get their hands dirty is a favorite with many of the students. “They love it,” says Clark. “Last year a student told me it was his favorite part of the studio. They love getting their hands dirty and making their own design.