It’s an experience few us may have & working on and contributing ideas to a nationally televised drama, but for one Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) Architectural Engineering Design graduate, it was all part of a day’s work.
Chris Bzdel, who graduated from the Architectural Engineering Design program at CPTC in 2005, had the chance of a lifetime when the structural engineering firm he works for was contacted to submit plans to the hit ABC TV Show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
Bzdel, along with his supervisor, Russell Bodge, a Professional Engineer from Pacific Northwest Engineering, Inc. in Lakewood, worked approximately 20 hours on the show. Bzdel and Bodge both lent their residential engineering expertise to a local home in Port Orchard that was designed by NW Home Designing in Lakewood. Bzdel assisted Bodge with ensuring the new home was structurally sound and built to proper safety standards.
Bzdel said participating on the show was a great learning experience.
“It was great to be able to use the skills I learned in class while working for the show,” he said. “Putting my skills to the test like that helped me realize what a good program we have at the college.”
Bzdel was able to visit the location everyday and even got to meet show host Ty Pennington. Bzdel said he was most impressed by how quickly and efficiently the contractors and design team put the house together.
Clover Park’s Architectural Engineering Design Instructor Dean Lamb, AIA, says Bzdel’s attitude made all the difference.
“As a student Chris was always looking for the next challenge,” said Lamb. “I think he’s found his niche working in the highly technical structural field.”
Bzdel is now working full-time at Pacific Northwest Engineering, Inc. and is working toward getting his professional engineering license.
To learn more about the CPTC Architectural Engineering Design program, please call (253) 589-5684 or visit us online.
Bzdel participated on the “Kirkwood Family” episode on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, which airs Jan. 15, 2006 at 7 p.m. Check your local listings.