DV CAD students to modernize Grey Towers drawings


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On March 4, Delaware Valley juniors Alec Brown and Patrick Testino, who are involved in the advanced Computer-Aided Drawing applications program, took their first visit to Grey Towers Mansion to scope out original drawings of the mansion and the buildings that surround it.

In CAD, students learn to use programs such as Revit Architecture and 3DS Max Design that architects and engineers use in order to develop products such as homes or businesses.

The goal at Grey Towers was to start measuring the dimensions of the building’s exterior plus the cabinets, walls and fixtures inside of it so that they can create electronic files of architectural drawings for the buildings. These electronic files will make it easier for the architects to edit the drawings and renovate the buildings in the future instead of just looking at an old diagram on paper.

The students met up with the project coordinator, Ken Sandri, to look at the original drawings of the buildings in order to get an idea of what they are being asked to do.

Unfortunately, with the snow, the students were un-able to start measuring; therefore, they just took an exclusive tour of all the buildings.

The first measurement and drawing that the students will accomplish is for a small milk house which was used when the family milked cows on the mansion’s farm.

Once all of the electronic files are finished, the DV student’s drawings will be archived with the original architectural drawings that were created by famous American architecture Richard Morris Hunt.

“This is a great opportunity for me and Alec to get some hands on experience,” said Testino.

Brown and Testino will continue to visit Grey Towers about one or two days a month, taking a few years to complete.

The boys will possibly also be hired as interns for Grey Towers over the summer for the same type of work along with other jobs.

Once the buildings are measured and the electronic files are complete, they will be used for building restoration over the next few years.

“The experience that [the students] will get from this project is unbelievably unique and beyond anything they could ever learn in the classroom,” said CAD coordinator Mr. Tom Moran.

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