Students’ award-winning patio design becomes EP Henry HeroScaping project

After winning “Best in Show” at a local Home and Garden show, students from the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology’s (CPI) Horticulture and Landscaping program in Pleasant Gap, Pa., permanently installed their patio design at a veteran’s home through EP Henry’s HeroScaping program.

The preoducer’s HeroScaping program helps communities pay tribute to veterans by donating hardscaping materials, and has funded over 35 projects across the Mid-Atlantic region. EP Henry and CPI’s partnership with Woodbury, N.J.-based EP Henry stems from hardscape sales representative Rob Daniels professional relationship with CPI’s Horticulture and Landscaping instructor Joe Luther, who is also an area contractor. EP Henry sponsors CPI students’ participation in various regional contests that showcase their talent. This patio project is just one of several projects that they have collaborated on.

Many of the products used for the patio were new for 2016 and allowed the students to present a more cutting-edge design. The students selected EP Henry’s Bristol Stone I & II slate top pavers in Sonoran; Cast Stone Wall in Breckenridge with DevonStone capping; and, Fire Pit Kit in Dakota Blend with DevonStone capping.

The CPI students and a panel of judges selected Vince Reynolds of State College, Pa., as the recipient of the patio from more than 80 entries. Reynolds received a Purple Heart after losing the lower half of his left leg to an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

Excavation for the project began in late April and took about two weeks to complete due to weather setbacks. An official dedication took place Memorial Day weekend.

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Army Veteran Vince Reynolds received a new patio at his State College, Pa., home designed and built by Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) students through EP Henry’s HeroScaping program.