CULLOWHEE – Five Western Carolina University construction management students recently came together to build a wheelchair ramp for an individual diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The five students, all members of Western's Construction Management Club, accepted an invitation to tackle the project issued by the Golden Age Senior Center.

Ben Friddle, the head carpenter who sponsored the event, works with Community Action to Reach the Elderly, which is a program of Project Care. Friddle, who works primarily in Jackson County building wheelchair ramps for the elderly, asked the Western students to assist in this project.

Participating students were Travis Bradey of Sylva, Magen Bryant of Marion, Reggie Holland of Franklin, Kevin Kirk of Durham and Jake Muirhead of Waynesville.

“It was a great joy to work with this organization and to help those in need,” said Muirhead, a junior at Western.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from the beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information, contact Craig D. Capano, Western associate professor and Construction Management Club adviser at (828) 227 2438.

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