Students from Centaurus High School’s engineering program got to see real-world examples of the concepts they are learning in class when they visited Markel Homes’ North End community in Louisville this week. Markel Homes superintendents Rob King and Ed Stayer, along with structural engineers from Lafayette-based DLK Engineering, took students on a tour of two homes in progress. These students may be building, engineering or designing buildings of their own in the years to come!

Markel Homes Teams with DLK Engineering to Support Centaurus High School Program

Rob King, Ed Stayer, Centaurus teacher Brian Thomas and DLK Engineering welcome students and introduce them to OSHA regulations.

Ed Stayer and Rob King explain the different types of foundation construction.

DLK Engineering’s Jonathan Wallace discusses trusses, I-beams, and load bearing calculations.

Jonathan Wallace challenges students to test the strength of a floor joist by jumping together (it held up!)

Chris Johnson from DLK Engineering illustrates the importance of structural engineering calculations for snow loads.