Monday movie highlights local students who built Calatrava bridge replica

The Trinity Trust will host a red carpet event for the premiere of the film “Calatrava Student Constructors” this coming Monday, Jan. 23 at the Texas Theatre.

The movie documents a dozen students from local public and private schools, including Townview and Bishop Dunne, building a 20-by-8-foot replica of Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in one day. The students were selected to be engineers for a day.

“Everything about this project is awe-inspiring, but I think what appeals to me the most is the math and science (engineering) that goes into it,” says Angelica Sanjuan, a Townview student who participated in the project. “I guess the best way to describe it is ‘wow.’ ”

The replica was constructed at The Trinity Trust office, where actual models and maps of the project are housed. Emmy award-winning producer Judy Kelly created the “educational outreach film”.

Part of the event is a panel discussion comprised of people who had a hand in building the actual Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, including: Duane Milligan of the Texas Department of Transportation; Rebecca Rasor of the Trinity River Project/City of Dallas; and Bill Doreen of Williams Brothers Construction. They will answer questions about the bridge, and the architecture and construction methods that went into its completion.

RSVPs are required for the event with a $10 donation suggested. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by the first movie screening at 6:30 p.m. and the panel at 7 p.m., then the second and final screening of the movie.


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