Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Tandem Construction and Fawley-Bryant Architects

Contact: Lori Gentile

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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        “Whatever Good Things We Build, End Up Building US”

~Jim Rohn, American Entrepreneur, Author

Peter Hayes, President and Founder of  TANDEM CONSTRUCTION and his business partner Brian Leaver, are visionaries who believe in continually challenging their team to provide creative solutions for their clients. Kimley-Horn is one of the premier planning and design consultants with exemplary achievements in landscape architecture and design. These innovators echo Buckminster Fuller’s belief, “The best way to predict the future is to design (and build) it.” Architecture is much more than drawings on pieces of paper and Construction is much more than hammers and nails. Tandem Construction and Kimley-Horn will help students to understand that both fields require diverse talents, from art and engineering to planning and organization. These industries can serve higher purposes for students who want to build a better future. This experience is for students who:

  • Appreciate math, science, computer programs and heavy machinery
  • Enjoy solving complex problems
  • Are curious about how things are made/built
  • Are creative and artistic (design) or are organized and methodical (construction)
  • Are passionate about safety and protecting the environment
  • Enjoy Sports, Public Safety, Culinary Arts and Education


           “The Walls Between Art and Engineering Exist Only in Our Minds.” ~Theo Jansen (Dutch Kinetic Artist)


Come join us at our Corporate Headquarters in Lakewood Ranch to learn about the Design Process and then experience through action as per the following rotations:


   Rotation one (30 minute presentation): Soft Skills: What is Architecture and Construction?

  • Career Discussion
  • Walk through of Tandem
  • Video


   Rotation two (30 minute presentation):  Kimley-Horn: Planning and Design

  • Review of Career Opportunities: Planning, Drafting, Design, and Management
  • What is 21st Century Design?     — Technology-Driven Process


  Rotation three: (30 minute activity)

  •  Estimating a product


The best engineer a few decades ago was someone who could create the most beautiful beam or structure;  today it’s to do a structure you cannot see or understand how it’s done.  It disappears and you can talk only about color, symbols, and light. It’s an aesthetic of miracle.”            ~Jean Nouvel



Experiential Field Trips:

  • provide active learning that reinforces classroom experiences
  • exposes students to real-world workplace environments
  • allows explorations of career options.


With studies showing the U.S. lags at all grade levels behind some less developed nations in STEM education, incorporating lessons in building and construction into science, technology, engineering, and math, and other curricula exposes students to STEM, fostering natural interest. Understanding the connections between what is taught and career aspirations and/or personal passions are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce.

See this great exploration in action through this Sway (Sway is in Office 365 in the cloud.):

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


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