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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Maintenance Shops Building

Instead of clipping the traditional ribbon, Dr. John Jasinski (center), Northwest president, cut electrical service wire. Participating in the ceremony were (from left) Mark Galbraith, construction project manager; Rick Allen, electrician supervisor; Dr. Paul McGraw, director of environmental services; Jasinski; John Viau, carpenter supervisor; Jim Daniels, steam/plumber supervisor; and Ray Courter, former vice president for finance and support services.

Dec. 7, 2009

'Wire'-cutting ceremony marks opening of Maintenance Shops Building

Northwest hosted a "wire"-cutting ceremony and open house this morning for its new Environmental Services Maintenance Shops Building. The $2.2 million, 20,000-square-foot facility located on the northwest portion of campus is the new home for the carpentry, electrical, sign and steam fitter plumber shops.

Mark Galbraith, construction project manager, said the Environmental Services Maintenance Shops Building has been in the "in the works" for nearly 10 years, and the 25 employees who are located in the facility moved in within the last two months.

"The construction of the building took about a year and a half," Galbraith said, "but we've been in the either the planning or construction phase for the last seven to 10 years. It's something we're all very happy to see completed."

The exterior of the building as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning was completed by Lee Grover Construction of St. Joseph. The remainder of the inside facility, including electrical, plumbing and carpentry, was completed by Northwest personnel, with Karl Wilmes as project supervisor.

Prior to moving into the new facility, Northwest's sign shop was located in a modular unit and the carpentry, electrical and steam fitter plumber shops were located in the shops building next to the Support Services Building.

In addition to tours of the facility, attendees viewed renderings of future buildings planned for the area, including an environmental services administration building and facilities for the University's custodial services, purchasing and the transportation departments.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468