Eagle Scout candidate and PHNRC volunteer Sam Sobczak with PHNRC Chair Agnes Wojnarski.
Sam Sobczak - PHNRC Superman
Sam Sobczak is a veteran of several PHNRC work days and over the course of time, he has fallen in love with being outdoors and working for the common good. When it came time for Sam to find an Eagle Scout project, he did not have to look very far. Having read the Resources Journal article about the Morava Nature Preserve grant from ComEd, he knew what he wanted to do and why.
"We have always known Sam to be very enthusiastic, thoughtful and apply himself to every task at hand. He has always managed to exceed expectations when he has volunteered with us," said PHNRC Chair Agnes Wojnarski, "but this time he has exceeded every expectation," she concluded. "When Sam approached us about his Eagle Scout project, we met with him and walked the site, discussing the scope of the project and what was proposed under the grant. He lit up when we got to the interactive bridge that is to span the creek and join the upper and lower sections of the site." "That's what I want to do, I want to do the bridge," Sam exclaimed. "We discussed what needed to go into that; design, engineering, materials, labor, It was a really tall order," said Dana Sievertson, PHNRC Commissioner.
What Sam managed to do is short of miraculous. Sam reached out to the architectural firm of Chipman Design Architecture in Des Plaines and was able to get them to agree to volunteer their services in the design of the interactive bridge. They also volunteered to reach out to their engineering contacts if needed. Chipman has a "green team" that works on sustainability projects.
Pending troop approval, Sam and PHNRC will be meeting with Chipman Design Architecture group in early November to discuss the bridge design and how to proceed on the project.