As the Kansas State Fair celebrated its century-long history last year, PSU students made their mark on the fair’s next 100 years.

Construction management students served as managers of a project to build a new “Lair White House” at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

Pittsburg State’s involvement began in December 2012, when the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation asked the university’s School of Construction officials for assistance in building a new museum and support facility. During the Spring 2013 semester, five Pitt State seniors took it on as part of their senior project.

“Those students served as pre-construction managers on the project,” said Joe Levens, assistant professor in the School of Construction. “They were involved in everything from the design of the building to budgeting to scheduling. It was a unique opportunity for them to be involved in a real-world project really from the start.”

Students worked closely with the building’s owners’ committee and construction faculty to create a 3-D virtual model of the new Lair White House. The 3-D model of the new facility was presented and sold at auction during the annual Boots and Bling fundraiser hosted by the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation. The highest bidder paid $1,700 for the model then donated it to the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation.

Construction on the new Lair White House is set to be complete during the summer of 2014.