Kinsley Construction intern Yewande Abraham at the Penn State HFS Warehouse construction site.

HFS Warehouse & Bakery Expansion Welcomes Student Intern to the Team

Penn State's Housing & Food Services (HFS) warehouse and bakery building is expanding with the help of Kinsley Construction and their graduate student intern, the first to be engaging in this HFS project.

Penn State graduate student and Kinsley Construction intern Yewande Abraham is assisting in the ongoing construction. Abraham is earning her architectural engineering graduate degree and started interning with the York, Pa.-based firm in May.

Scheduled for completion in March 2016, the project includes increasing freezer, cooler, and dry storage capacity, expanding the bakery, and improving building systems. Approximately 44,500 square feet of the existing 94,000-square-foot building will be renovated and approximately 25,000 square feet will be added with the expansion.

Abraham found out about the job opportunity through John Bechtel, her former professor in Penn State's Building Construction Engineering I course.

"It's unique working on a Penn State project as a Penn State student, but through Kinsley, an outside company," Abraham says. "I'm working with a great team and it's exactly the kind of experience I was looking for."

In her time on the project, Abraham has already been able to use software she's worked with in class for the expansion project and has observed how critical decisions are made with some of the changes that take place as part of the construction process.

"Yewande's here to learn, so we're here to teach her what it's like working in a construction management role on the construction site," says Kevin Finke, Kinsley project manager.

Abraham hopes to take what she is learning now as an intern back to her ongoing classroom experience. Her contributions are supporting project goals to improve workflow with the reorganization of the bakery and replacement of aging and inefficient building systems.