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Mortenson Construction supports technology of the future at Colorado State

March 4, 2013

New interactive and virtual lab created for Construction Management majors, expected to be finished in Summer 2013.

Mutual beneficial relationshipClay Benson, director of preconstruction for Mortenson Construction, speaks at this year's 1870 Dinner about Mortenson's recent giving to CSU.

“I think it would be hard to estimate the impact that Colorado State University graduates have had on our company,” said Tom Gunkel, CEO of Mortenson Construction, at a company gathering of CSU alumni at Colorado State’s Denver Center. “This relationship we have with CSU is not only important to our business, but it has also played a vital role in the company’s growth nationally.”

Mortenson Construction continues to be an important industry partner for the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State. Last October, CEO Tom Gunkel and Denver Vice President Bob Hansen announced Mortenson’s commitment to the construction of a Building Information Modeling lab in Guggenheim Hall to be called the Mortenson Center for Virtual Design and Construction. “We are going to put the world’s best technology into play at CSU so that students get to experience and interact with cutting edge tools that are going to define where our industry is going,” said Gunke

What this new technology will do

Virtual Design and Construction is the process of generating and managing data over a building’s life cycle. The new laboratory at CSU will provide an interactive and virtual learning environment where students can learn techniques and capabilities of specific modeling programs, as well as gain first-hand knowledge and experience of the power of such tools and methods in construction and beyond.

Integration into course work

VDC processes will be integrated directly into existing courses, including surveying, estimating, safety, scheduling, construction methods, and will also be used to facilitate a myriad of expanding research and learning opportunities, such as CSU’s VDC student competition team training.

Giving back at announcement event

The announcement was attended by CSU President Tony Frank, CSU System Chancellor Michael Martin, Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences Jeff McCubbin, Department of Construction Management Department Head Mostafa Khattab, and employees of Mortenson, including many CSU alumni.

At the event, Gunkel not only announced a new $200,000 company gift commitment to the program, but also encouraged employees to be part of the effort with personal gifts. For the three weeks following the announcement, Mortenson matched every $1 that an employee donated with an additional $2. “It is essential for all of us to find a way to give back to the institutions we graduated from and that were a big part of our own personal careers and success,” Gunkel said.

Remodel space coming soon

The remodel of the lab space is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013. The Department of Construction Management is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.


Contact: Gretchen Gerding
E-mail: Gretchen.Gerding@colostate.edu
Phone: 970.491.5182