By: Linda Schactler
Posted: Sept. 30, 2011
More than a quarter-million dollars in private funding has helped to construct one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology on the campus of Central Washington University. The Hogue Technology Addition recreates real-world engineering working conditions, features plug-ins for solar panels and wind turbines, and enables students to see into the structure to understand the “green” construction methods in the energy-efficient building.
“We’re truly overwhelmed by the generosity of our private-sector partners,” said George Clark, CWU vice president of business and financial affairs. “Their support has made this the premier facility for construction management, safety, and engineering technology in the Northwest.”
Financial support for Hogue Technology came from the following industry partners:
Associated General Contractors of Washington, $50,000 for a 50-seat classroom;
Fisher & Sons, $10,000 for the first-floor study area;
Fluke Corporation, $100,000 for the interdisciplinary lab;
Lydig Construction, $10,000 for the first-floor conference room;
Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, $50,000 for a construction lab; and
Allen and Inger Osberg, $50,000 for a construction lab.
CWU’s Industrial & Engineering Technology (I&ET) department is home to the region’s premier construction management program, which offers Washington’s only specialization in heavy civil construction, which is required for highways, bridges, and other major infrastructure. Bender, interim associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, said the secret to the success of the program is hands-on experience that makes graduates ready to go to work on day one.
“We provide students with more than abstract construction theory,” Bender said. “We build academic projects around actual construction projects.”
Bender, whose experience in construction includes work as an owner’s representative on local projects, a builder with the Navy Seabees, and an instructor at the US Naval Academy, went on to say, “We make sure our students leave the classroom and put what they’ve learned to work at actual construction sites.”
Bender noted that the building itself will be a “learning laboratory,” with internal sections of the structure exposed so students can see how the infrastructure fits into the building. Faculty will create case studies that apply to construction and design right in front of students’ eyes.
The facility, which is designed to earn the highest certification for energy and environmental design, houses high demand CWU programs in the following areas:
• Industrial Technology: This program prepares students to be technical problem solvers and to manage people in manufacturing, product distribution, and agriculture.
• Mechanical Engineering Technology: This program teaches the skills and principles necessary to enable students to design and build high-technology machinery components.
• Electrical Engineering Technology: The EET program prepares graduates to interface with engineers at the product level and produce practical, workable results quickly. Graduates install and operate technical systems, service machines and systems, and manage production facilities.
• Technology Education: This program prepares students to be technology education teachers in the K-12 system. It is the only one of its kind in Washington.
• Safety and Health Management: This program prepares students to manage safety plans in construction and industrial settings. This program, for the rapidly growing field, is the only one of its kind in the state.
• Bachelor of Applied Science: CWU is the first and only public university in Washington to offer a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program, which allow students to apply credits earned for a two-year technical degree toward a bachelor’s degree.
• Master of Science in Engineering Technology: Graduates become technical experts in design, production, and project management.
The addition comes at a time when the I&ET program is serving about 150 more students than the original Hogue Technology building, constructed in 1970, was designed to serve. The old facility is now being renovated to provide additional classroom space and to upgrade the 40-year-old lighting, heating and air-conditioning, and other systems.
The entire Hogue Technology Addition and Renovation project is scheduled to be completed on time and under budget in April. The state provided $27 million in funding for the first phase of the project. The university was able to complete both the first and second phases of the building within the one-time appropriation.