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Photos: Facilities Girls Day 2017

June 7, 2017

Two Montgomery County students examine  Hokie Stone
Two Montgomery County students examine Hokie Stone at the Virginia Tech Quarry.

Rising eighth grade students from Montgomery County and Roanoke City recently spent the day at Virginia Tech to learn about career opportunities in the traditionally male-dominated facilities industry.

The event, Girls Day 2017, is the first of its kind in the area and is being held to encourage girls’ interest in STEM-related fields.

The students split up into groups and toured eight different locations and heard from dozens of women who work in the Facilities Department for a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. The tours included stops at the Quarry, Sterrett Facility Complex, Chiller Plant, Central Steam Plant,  the recently completed Derring Steps, as well as several active construction sites: Upper Quad, Rector Field House, and Southgate/460 Interchange.

Here's a look at their day.

A group of students look around the Central Steam Plant
A group of Montgomery County students look around the Central Steam Plant, where safety goggles are mandatory.
One Montgomery County student takes a snapshot of the surroundings at the Virginia Tech Quarry
One Montgomery County student takes a snapshot of the surroundings at the Virginia Tech Quarry.
One group of girls started their day of tours at the Virginia Tech Quarry
One group of girls started their day of tours at the Virginia Tech Quarry, where workers collect 12 pounds of Hokie Stone a day.
One Roanoke student gazes at the Southwest Chiller Plant
One Roanoke student gazes at the Southwest Chiller Plant.
Karen Troutman tells a group about the Chiller Plant and her responsibilities in the financial area.
Karen Troutman, assistant director of facilities finance, tells a group about the Chiller Plant and her responsibilities in the financial area.
Kim Briele tells a group about her 29 years spent at Virginia Tech.
Kim Briele, associate director of facilities operations engineering, tells a group about her 29 years spent at Virginia Tech.
Rising eighth graders met in the Squires Student Center before they embarked on tours
Rising eighth graders from Montgomery County and Roanoke City met in the Squires Student Center before they embarked on tours for Facilities Girls Day.
Students tour
Students tour Pearson Hall guided by Aaron Curfiss.
Liza Morris
Liza Morris, associate director of architectural planning, speaks to the eighth-grade students.
Students tour the chiller plant.
Students tour the chiller plant.

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