Igloo Architects
The igloo that was built on Liberty Street in Newburgh, NY. (Photo by Fallon Witte)

by Fallon Witte

Taking advantage of the piles of snow that fell in February, three students constructed a 15-foot-high and 20-foot-wide igloo along Liberty Street right across from the Mount Saint Mary College entrance.

The igloo’s architects Zachary Kenny from Hickville, N.Y. and Angelo Biondo from Hauppauge, N.Y. are both commuters who live on Liberty Street. One of their friends, Nick Dedrick from Trumbull, Conn., assisted in building the igloo.

It took about three days to build the ice structure.

“Three feet of snow fell, and we wanted to utilize it,” said senior Dedrick.

“It began when Angelo and I started to make a small fort with a few tunnels that we could crawl through by the road,” said senior Kenny.  “Minutes after we finished, a plow passed by and destroyed it.”

It took all of the snow on the men’s front lawn of their house, as well as two shovels and two plastic storage bins, to build the igloo. “We would take snow and pack it into a plastic storage bin to create the bricks of the igloo,” said Kenny.  “We would work on it for hours at a time, after classes and before baseball practice.”

The students set up a spotlight on the porch so they could work after dark.

“Zach and Angelo filled the bins and flipped one on top or next to the other. My position was the pack worker,” said Dedrick. “It was a lot of hard work, but in the end, it was all worth it.”

In the finished igloo, the builders could stand up straight, and they estimated that about eight grown-men could fit inside at once.

“Neighbors were impressed when they walked or drove down the street,” said Dedrick. “One man asked to take our picture by the igloo.”

Biondo added, “A student from the Mount told us that she changed her route to work just to check on the progress of our igloo. Another neighbor offered us a copper ventilation pipe if we were interested in making a fireplace inside.”

Before beginning the igloo project, the men searched the Internet for any tips on how to create a fully structured igloo. According to www.Didyouwonder.com, igloos are built with large blocks of hard snow. The inside of an igloo, depending on its size can reach up to 60 degrees; snow and ice have properties that keep the igloo warm.

With only a few days of rain and warm weather, the men were aware that the igloo would melt to the ground, but they were able to enjoy their creation while it lasted.