P1 builds modular mechanical display for Pittsburg State

PSU group and display

Brady Kyle, P1 Group (second from right), Pittsburg State University faculty and students with the modular display built by P1 associates.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State University faculty members recently asked P1 Group to build a modular plumbing and HVAC display, to be used as a learning tool for students in the School of Construction.

Professors Shannon Nicklaus and Bill Strenth envisioned a display about the size of a hospital corridor rack. They wanted it to be multi-dimensional so students could  see various plumbing and HVAC components in a configuration that was true to life.

They had a chance to discuss their idea a few months ago with P1 associates who were visiting the university, representing the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCA-KC).

Alternative view

The modular display, from the left side.

One of those associates, Brady Kyle, a Project Engineer and recent Pitt State graduate, designed the display. He used a 10 x 5-foot rack to showcase plumbing and mechanical components, complete with system identification labels.

P1 delivered the display last month and the School of Construction hosted a dedication ceremony on Jan. 22. Soon it will be hung in the College of Technology’s two-story atrium, so it can be viewed from below and also from the second-floor balconies.


The copper and stainless steel sign.

Nicklaus said the display will be a valuable visual aide for estimating, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and safety classes.

In addition to Kyle, several P1 associates contributed to the project:

  • Zach Noll and Don Bugner built the rack and added the piping components.
  • Dave Wright installed the sheet metal.
  • John Kraus created a stainless steel and copper sign, featuring a laser cut of the Pitt State mascot, Gus the Gorilla.
  • Mathew Erisman is detailing the display and plans to provide the university with a 3-dimensional BIM design of the final project.