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Careers In Construction
by: 
James Melchiorre

Almost fifty students from Leadership and Public Service High School gathered Friday October 19 to learn about a building going up in their neighborhood and, perhaps more important, how they might pursue careers in the construction industry.

Trinity Commons is Trinity Church Wall Street’s multi-purpose, 27-floor building that’s now under construction on Trinity Place, two properties south of the high school.  When completed in late 2019, Trinity Commons will include community space, a restaurant, a gymnasium, the church offices, and business rental property.

Aude Jomini explained how she followed a path from an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Architecture to become senior designer for Trinity Commons

Eleven representatives from companies that are constructing Trinity Commons joined a panel to explain to the students how their various skills and trades come together in the project. They also answered questions about how best to prepare for careers in construction.

Adeola Akere, who supervises all mechanical, electrical, and fire protection trades in the Trinity Commons project, encouraged students to remember how each individual assignment is vital to the success of complex building construction.

Leadership students will see the construction up close during a tour being organized by staff members of Trinity later in October.

Jennifer Cheuk and Amanda Cole of the Stephen B. Jacobs Group answer students’ questions about their role in the Trinity Commons construction.

Leadership and Public Service High School has worked in partnership with Trinity on a variety of neighborhood projects for more than ten years.