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).
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.
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.