Orono, Me. – Dave Manz, a project engineer with PC Construction, ran track while pursuing his construction management technology degree from the University of Maine’s School of Engineering Technology in 2007. As a middle-distance runner, he spent a lot of time in the university’s athletic facilities, including the Memorial Gym and adjoining Field House, constructed in 1932 and 1924, respectively.  These buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and have been the home of UMaine track teams since the first meet in 1926.

Jon Englehart, a third-generation UMaine alum who graduated in 2013, earned a spot as an intern on the PC Construction team after learning about the opening with the Portland-based contractor at a career-planning function on campus.

Now, both men have returned to their alma mater wearing PC Construction hardhats. They’re helping to renovate the Memorial Gym and New Balance Field House.

“When I was running track in college, the facilities already were clearly dated,” said Manz of PC Construction. “I’m thrilled to be part of another UMaine team, participating in bringing a new, state-of-the-art facility to the Black Bears so they can compete at the highest level possible on their home track.”

“The superb education and training I received at the University of Maine, including on-campus involvement with potential employers like PC Construction prior to graduation, has prepared me well for my career,” noted Manz. “And, it’s great to have Jon – another Black Bear – on our crew.”

“My college friends are envious that I get to work on campus as a PC Construction intern,” added Englehart. “I take great pride in being able to help improve the university that my family has been attending for generations.”

The $15 million renovation project, designed by SMRT Inc. in Portland, is the first substantial upgrade and modernization for the adjoining buildings since they were built more than 80 years ago. PC Construction’s work includes: code upgrades (life-safety, ADA accessibility, structural, ventilation and electrical); replacement of the field house track, athletic surface floors and roof; and improvements to locker rooms, offices, restrooms and public areas. Work is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014.

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PC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private companies and public entities of all sizes. The company manages projects up and down the East Coast and in the southeastern United States from its corporate headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont and regional offices in Portland, Maine and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for 55 years, PC Construction (formerly Pizzagalli Construction) is guided to success by its more than 900 dedicated employee-owners.