A ribbon-cutting and celebration was held earlier this fall for the new Kiewit Construction Management Classroom. Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest construction companies in North America, provided support to renovate the construction management program’s primary classroom. They also supported the Kiewit Asphalt Technology Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The classroom project entailed aesthetic upgrades, such as painting, floor coverings, and window shades. Technological improvements, such as new projection screens and a smart podium, also allow for a more interactive classroom and remote connections.

During the two-year project, construction management students also gained experience in overseeing and constructing the upgrades. While the students were paid laborers, they also assisted with planning, working with suppliers and subcontractors, reviewing shop drawings and submittals, and researching technology systems.

The classroom, located in Carpenter 220, is the main teaching classroom for the construction management program. Graduates of the program are in high demand and are highly successful in finding positions in Washington’s construction industry after graduation.

Pictured above – ribbon cutting for Kiewit Construction Management Classroom, from left to right: Don Bender, interim dean of Voiland College; Scott Cassels, executive vice president of Kiewit Corporation; Jason Peschel, program head, construction management; Max Kirk, associate professor, construction management; and Phil Gruen, director, SDC.