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PSU honors Emily Brown, 2014 Outstanding Alumni 

Emily Brown

Pittsburg State University will honor three alumni with its 2014 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Awards during Homecoming activities Oct. 10-11. Read more...

PSU Team Wins Concrete Competition
A team of PSU students earned first-place in a recent construction-related competition.  Read more...

PSU Offers State's First Safety Degree Program
A new safety degree program at PSU is the first of its kind in Kansas.  Read more....


Building Blocks of Education

Youngsters participated Saturday, January 26th, 2013, in the sixth annual Block Kids Contest in the Kansas Technology Center, Pittsburg State University. Read more... 

Industry Pros Taught to be Concrete Technicians at PSU

Construction industry professionals and Pittsburg State University students attended the Kansas Technology Center to become certified, and in some cases re-certified, as Grade 1 Field Testing Technicians. Read more... 

Construction Alumni Reach $500,000 Fundraising Mark

The Pittsburg State Construction Alumni Association (PSCAA) reaches a major milestone.  Read more... 



KTC Hosts Tilt-Up Construction Workshop  


Construction Management students learn the details of "tilt-up" construction at a workshop at PSU November 10th, 2012.  Read more...



CMCET Student Featured in Nation's Building News

PSU Construction Management student, Ben Hendershot, participated in an eight-week summer internship at NAHB in Washington, D.C.  He was also featured in Nation's Building News


Building the Future

Students in the Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies department participated in a "tilt-up" concrete panel demonstration.  Read the entire article featured in Tilt-Up Today

CMCET Students Present at ASC Competition

Congratulations  to Alan Youngers, Silas Blosser, Kyle Buntin, Justin Schroeder, Jacob Knight and Corey Burton for their representation of PSU CMCET Dept. at the ASC Competition October 27-30, 2010. The Competition was held in Nebraska City, NE. Thank you Dennis Audo, CMCET Faculty, for sponsoring the team.  Twenty-seven teams from colleges throughout the Midwest fielded teams in this event which encompassed a prequalification packet, estimate, schedule, cash flow diagram and planning for a twenty-three million dollar medical office /surgical center facility.   This project was then presented in a formal presentation in front of a six member panel from a major regional construction company  who served as judges representing the owner of the project.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Crossland Construction and Monarch Cement

On April 30, seventeen students and three faculty, Randy Timi, Matthew O'Brien & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting Crossland Construction of Columbus, KS and Monarch Cement of Humboldt, KS.  We visited sites in Girard and Erie, KS with Crossland that included the addition to the Girard Medical Center and the new Erie High School which is obtaining LEED certification.  We then visited Monarch Cement's manufacturing plant and rock quarries in Humboldt, KS.  Special thanks to Aaron Murphy and Danny Langerot with Crossland Construction and Mark Newland with Monarch Cement with helping with the coordination of the guided tours on the projects.


CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to R.E. Smith and Unique Metal Fabrications
On April 15, twenty-seven students and two faculty, Dennis Audo & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting R.E. Smith, Joplin, MO and Unique Metal Fabrications, Pittsburg, KS.  We visited the new dorm being built on PSU's campus by R.E. Smith and the fabricating facilities of Unique Metal Fabrication in Pittsburg, KS.  We were able to view the new three & four bedroom dorms along with the new commons area being built on the North side of campus and then view the processes used by Unique to produce everything from beams to trusses.   Special thanks to Clint Walton and Chris Rakestraw with helping with the coordination of the guided tours on the projects.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Beachner Construction and Cessna 

On April 2, thirteen students and two faculty, Randy Winzer & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting Beachner Construction of St. Paul, KS and Cessna of Independence, KS as part of the National Science Foundation STEM  grant.  The five (5) CET students from the program were in attendance.   We visited Cessna's manufacturing plant in Independence, and the Tri-City Airport outside of Parsons, KS with Beachner Construction.  We were able to view the single engine lines and the Mustang line will talking about Lean manufacturing and other best management processes.  At the Beachner site we were able to view the replacement of the landing strip along with viewing the plans and submittals for the project.   Special thanks to Larry Taylor with Cessna, and Mike Keal and Mike Brown with Beachner's with helping with the coordination of the guided tours on the projects.

Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I

 April 22, 2010 to April 23, 2010


Two day class - 1st day (optional) is a classroom review of the written and performance requirements of all 7 tests followed by a live demonstration and hands on practice of the performance tests for attendees. The second day will include a one hour video review of testing methods followed by the written and performance certification exams.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Simpson & Associates along with Key Construction

On March 26, twenty-two students and two faculty, Mathew O'Brien & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting Simpson & Associates along with Key Construction both of the Wichita, KS.  We visited Simpson & Associates VCW Hospital site in Wichita, KS area followed by a visit to the Key Construction Sites of the Air Bus Office Remodel and an addition to LDF distribution site also in the Wichita, KS area. 

Highlights for the VCW Hospital. The hospital is a new 3-story 150,000 SF facility utilizing structural steel and concrete decks as the main structure of the building that will serve as a level 2 hospital having 72 patient beds.  Highlights for the Air-Bus Office include the remodeling of a 2 story structure in the downtown area from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame into office spaces for Air Bus and highlights for the LDF Warehouse remodel is the addition of warehouse space with the use of tilt-up concrete panels weighing approx 40,000lbs each.

Special thanks to Eric Duerksen, Randy Blasi, Chad Buresh, Chris Baalmann, and Josh Vogel with Simpson & Associates,  Don Pinkley, Brendon Cox, Bret Nickel, Micah Kile, Rob Gehrer  and Scott Casebolt with Key Construction, and Jeff Yartz with JE Dunn Construction, for helping with the coordination and providing of the guided tours on the projects.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Grisham Grading

On March 8, twenty-three students and two faculty, Jim Otter & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting Grisham Grading, Platte City, MO.  We visited an EPA Superfund site in the Crestline, KS area.

Highlights for the East Badger site include the remediation of 44 acres site that had chat contaminated with lead and zinc.  This included the removal of over 367,000 cy of chat down to uncontaminated soil.  The project also had to meet requirements for the use of local employees, disabled veterans companies, bio-fuel use, and purchase of local materials.

Special thanks to Kevin Wright with Grisham Grading, and Bryant Burnett with the EPA for helping with the coordination and providing of the guided tours on the projects.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Flintco

On February 26, twenty-two students and three faculty, Justin Honey, Matthew O'Brien & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting Flintco Constructive Solutions, Tulsa, OK.  The group visited sites in Catoosa and West Siloam Spring, OK that included a 2500 seat theater at Catoosa, and a 7-story, 140 room hotel at the West Siloam Springs Cherokee Casino.  Special thanks to Mark Watowich with helping with the coordination of the guided tours on the projects.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to JE Dunn Construction Company & Ash Grove Cement

On February 19, students and two faculty, Randy Timi & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting JE Dunn Construction Company & Ash Grove Cement.  Sites visited with JE Dunn in the Kansas City Metro area included the St. Luke's Hospital and the Kauffman

Center for the Performing Arts.  Along with Ash Grove Cement, the group visited the Ash Grove Technical Center in Overland Park, KS.

Highlights for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts are an 1,800-seat Proscenium Theater that will house ballets and operas, and a 1,600-seat Concert Hall that will house the symphony productions.  Member of JE Dunn's personnel gave a presentation showing the use of the Building Information Model (BIM) compared to the production completed to date.  This project also has approximately 30,000cy of concrete, 5,400 tons of structural steel, and 500,000lbs of glass for the atrium.  At St. Luke's we visited the new Ellen J. Hockaday Center for Women's Care; and at Ash Grove Cement we visited the testing facilities and view how the tests they perform on concrete, the materials used to manufacture concrete, and concrete masonry units.

Special thanks to Derek Cox, and Curtis Golba with JE Dunn Construction, and Dave Martin and Greg Barger with Ash Grove Cement for helping with the coordination and providing of the guided tours on the projects.

CMCET Students Attend Field Trip to Arkansas & Oklahoma WWTP's

On February 12, sixteen students and two faculty, Matthew O'Brien & Seth O'Brien, attended a field trip visiting BRB Contractors and Crossland Heavy Contractors.  Sites visited for BRB Contractors' NACA WWTP (Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority Waste Water Treatment Plant) in Rogers, AR and Crossland Heavy Contractors projects were the expansion of the Grove WWTP in Grove, OK and the NACA WWTP transmission lines projects in the Rogers, AR area.

Highlights for the NACA WWTP is a 3.6MGD treatment plant featuring an influent pump station, two process train basins @ 1.8MGD each, UV disinfection, two 80' dia. clarifiers, water reuse pump station and storage for fire protection, and an administration building.

Highlights for the Grove WWTP expansion include the addition of a 3rd SBR (Sequencing Batch Reactor), sludge belt press, and a drying pad for an additional 500,000GPD.  The NACA WWTP transmission lines involved over 42,000 lf of Hobas fiberglass pipe ranging in sizes from 30" and 36" with 90 fiberglass manholes, borings, and dewater over 12,000 gpm from trenches.

Special thanks to Richard Ramshaw & Brian Buttry with BRB Contractors, and Charlie Rarick & Justin Lillie with Crossland Heavy Contractors for helping with the coordination and providing of the guided tours on the projects.



PSU CMCET Students Complete AIC-AC Exam

Pittsburg State University was one of the national host sites for the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Constructor Certification Commission Associate Constructor - Construction Fundamentals: CQE, Level 1 examination on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

Forty-one PSU Construction Engineering Technology and Construction Management seniors participated in the eight-hour Associate Constructor professional certification examination. The examination is available for graduating seniors from accredited construction programs, and construction professionals from the construction industry. Individuals who successfully pass the first eight-hour examination are certified as Associate Constructors by the American Institute of Constructors. A second level examination is also available to receive certification as a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). The CPC certification is becoming a national standard for construction professionals in the United States. James Otter and Bill Strenth, PSU Construction faculty, served as test administrators and proctors.

CMCET Students Place Second at Pervious Concrete Competition

PSU Construction students Kyle Buntin and Jacob Knight placed second in a previous concrete competition held at the University of Missouri at Kansas City on Saturday, October 31. Entries were evaluated on a combination of their permeability and splitting tensile strength. The PSU two students' entry won the permeability portion of the competition. First overall was an entry from Missouri Science and Technology (formerly Missouri-Rolla). Third overall was an entry from the University of Kansas. The competition had a total of eight entries from construction and engineering programs at five schools including the University of Kansas (two entries), Kansas State University (two entries), Missouri Science and Technology (two entries), Pittsburg State University, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The event was co-sponsored by the Kansas and Missouri chapters of the American Concrete Institute.