The LUNATECS Team 316 have worked out of Salem Community College, where Duel on the Delaware is held, since our inception in 1999. They are our main sponsor since they help us out tremendously.
In the beginning, we had to share a room so everything had to be put away at night. In the early 2000s they gave us our own shop which was about 50’ x 20’ and has 220v power on one wall. Around 2012 or so they let us have the adjacent room that was formerly for file storage which bumps our current space to around 50’ x 50’. It’s separated by a wall with a door but it’s nice because that’s where we program, eat, and have computers. They don’t supply anything other than power, only empty the trashcans and fill the printer toner when needed. They also allow us to practice in the gym. In the past we would have to roll up our 1/4 carpet and move everything away , but this past year they have given us the upstairs mezzanine which we will be building a full half field this off season. Some other spaces they let us use are computer rooms for kick off and the entire gym building for the Duel on the Delaware off season event.
As far as access, the main mentors all have key cards so we can open our shop door but not the building doors. This means that in the off season we can only get in on school days and until 9pm. During build and competition season they allow us to meet whenever we want as long as we give a heads up. This past year there was someone in the shop almost every night except for Fridays and Sundays, including 9am-9pm on all Saturdays and 9am-9pm on Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon of bag weekend. I think this is where they are the most gracious since they have to pay the security guards to work overtime.
We only have about 4 regular mentors, who are either alumnus or parents. A big reason that I don’t think we have mentors from the college is because the school doesn’t have trade programs other than glassblowing.