The Design and Engineering Lab at the KTC is a classroom unlike any other. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February, participants used a saw to cut a ribbon, made of ribbon mahogany, to dedicate the lab.

“We thought that would be appropriate for this project,” said Charlie Phillips, assistant professor of wood technology.

The lab, part of the Pitt State Wood Technology program, was designed during the Spring 2012 semester by graduate students Chris Bell and Scott Vasey, who both later went on to work at Advanced Fixtures Incorporated near Dallas.

Bell and Vasey presented the project to AFI leadership, and the company awarded a grant of $30,000 to Pittsburg State to fund the project.

“When we both ended up at AFI,” Vasey said, “we started talking about the lab we designed at Pitt State. Our boss asked us how much it would take to make it happen, and AFI made it happen. It looks incredible. It’s even better than we imagined it could be.”

Doug Hague, assistant professor of wood technology, said the lab was built mostly by wood technology students.

“It’s an amazing room,” Hague said. “It’s a unique learning environment, and it’s one that fosters creativity and exploration.”

Wood Tech lab