It may not have been the real thing, but the Eiffel Tower replica that Gerry Markel’s Architecture students at The Tech Center built was large scale, authentic, and downright “French.”
After playing a rousing game of French Jeopardy, students on the campus of Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES unveiled the wooden structure with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then lit up the tower with sparkling lights.
After extensive research, the four students—Bryant Dain from Haldane, Keven Ordonez from Ossining, Sal Costa from Mahopac, and Kelsey Malone from Yorktown — found the plans online for the actual Eiffel Tower and set to work on their replica.
“They began with an architectural drawing,” said Mr. Markel, “then they transferred their design to the Auto Cad (Computer Aided Design) program and came up with the plans.” Students began construction of the detailed project using balsa wood.
Each student had a different responsibility for the project. “Bryant did the lighting, Keven was responsible for the arches, Kelsey was our draftsman, and Sal did the fine wood cutting,” said Mr. Markel.
“The small detailed cuts at the bottom were the hardest,” said Sal. “The work was really tedious,” said Kelsey, but all the students agreed it was exciting to be part of creating a duplicate of such a famous building. While eating croissants, listening to French music playing in the background, and admiring their new structure right before the winter break, what else could the students do but celebrate the joie de vivre.