Facilities and Resources

Kemper Hall

Kemper Hall

All of the classrooms and laboratories for the department of technology and construction management are located in Kemper Hall on the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Grand Street. Kemper Hall was built in the 1970s and is named after former department head Doyle Kemper.

The technology-assisted classrooms provide Internet-connected instructor’s computers and multimedia presentation systems.

Construction laboratories

students in a construction lab

The main 6,000 square foot construction laboratory contains numerous examples of commercial construction techniques, a full scale residential mock-up and areas for concrete and soils testing. Recently, a five-ton jib crane was added to the lab, which is used for the construction of commercial structures.

Specifically, the construction materials testing laboratory provides the equipment required to complete the ACI Field Testing Certification. Also, the lab includes a concrete compression tester, a full suite of soils testing equipment and eight digital theodolites and levels.

The construction estimating laboratory contains roll-up digitizers and computers with the latest estimating and material takeoff software.

Technology laboratories

Person running machinery

The National Science Foundation funded Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory contains nearly $1,000,000 in equipment and software. This lab features a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) System that replicates the systems in many modern industrial plants.

The materials and processes lab contains new milling and turning machines, a foundry and a complete quality control lab. The electro-mechanical laboratory contains pneumatic trainers, which integrate with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), a full-scale electrical motor trainer, conveyors and electronic testing equipment.

Additionally, a fabrication area provides access to the tools and equipment needed to build technologically advanced machines, such as the Missouri State BattleBot.

Center for Project Innovation and Management Education (C-PRIME)

Students at construction site

The Center for Project Innovation and Management Education (C-PRIME) provides project-based consulting, research and professional development for businesses in the Springfield community. Students benefit from the center’s professional network and community engagement initiatives.

Computer laboratories

Computer lab

As a technology and construction management student, you have access to two computer labs. First, Kemper 205 houses 48 computers, a high-speed plotter, large format scanner and a high-capacity laser printer. Second, Kemper 107 is available extended hours as an open computer lab.

Both labs include various task-specific software programs:

  • Wonderware, industrial automation
  • Primavera, construction estimating and scheduling software
  • Automation Studio, industrial simulation software
  • Autodesk software — AutoCad, Inventor and Architectural Desktop