In 2016 GBCA partnered with the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD) and created the CHAD Hard Hat Club. This after school club allows students interested in careers in the construction industry direct access to contractors and jobsites in a two-part series: intimate presentations on a specific project and the opportunity to visit that same job site, for a post-presentation, private tour.

Past tours took place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stemmler Hall (Torcon, Inc.), Philadelphia Fashion District (Skanska USA Building and Shoemaker Construction Co.).

If you are interested in hosting a job site tour for the CHAD Hard Hat Club, contact Kristin DeFrancisco at kdefrancisco@