HIPR Maymester Field School restores porch on Smith House, one of Brunswick’s older structures.

The historic Smith House in Brunswick has its porch back, thanks to "Maymester" students from the University of Georgia. There's still much work to be done, though.

BRUNSWICK | When University of Georgia Professor Mark Reinberger talks about class materials for his “Maymester,” it’s usually building materials.

Reinberger brings down a group of about a dozen students on the hot end of spring each year for a two-week, hands-on class called the Preservation Field School at the Georgia Coast.

For the second consecutive year, the students from the College of Environment & Design have worked on the 150-year-old Smith House in Brunswick’s historic south end.

Asked what he has planned for next year, Reinberger said he’ll be back at the Smith House.