McClure Volunteers with the University of Kansas to Give Back

by | Jan 18, 2024 | News, Structural

At McClure, we often find ourselves at the intersection of engineering and community, where passion and purpose collide. This led us to collaborate with the University of Kansas (KU) Architecture students on a project that goes beyond steel and concrete – the construction of a pavilion at Hillcrest Elementary’s Ryan Gray playground.

Hillcrest Elementary's Ryan Gray playground pavilion

Setting the Stage:

The Ryan Gray playground, built in 1993 in memory of a former Hillcrest student, had become a cherished space for the community. Seeking to enhance this special place, the school envisioned a pavilion and tables. However, initial estimates revealed a daunting cost. This is where McClure stepped in, ready to turn this dream into a reality.

Collaboration in Action:

As the structural engineering team, our role was clear – guide the KU Architecture students through the process of designing and constructing a pavilion that not only met safety standards but also captured the essence of the community’s vision.

Designing the Dream:

Working closely with the KU students, we embarked on a journey of creative exploration. The result was an 8-legged galvanized steel structure supporting an accordion-shaped roof made of colorful flat panels. Each column was anchored by a single bolt, meticulously concealed within and accessible through a carefully designed hole with a cover plate.

Overcoming Hurdles:

Despite budget constraints, our shared commitment to the community fueled our determination. With our guidance, KU architecture students rallied community support, securing crucial donations and services for the pavilion. Each phase, from structural design to sealing drawings, presented unique challenges. Collaborative complexities led to necessary field modifications, showcasing the adaptability of both KU students and McClure engineers.

A Community-Focused Approach:

What made this project truly special was the involvement of the elementary students themselves. Collaborating with the KU students, we engaged with the young minds to gather their insights on the design. This not only added a layer of authenticity to the project but also fostered a sense of pride and excitement within the community.

Hillcrest Elementary's Ryan Gray playground pavilion

The Unveiling:

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the culmination of months of hard work, dedication, and a shared vision. Joining the celebration were participants, community members, and the mother of Ryan Gray. It was a moment of collective joy as the pavilion, born from collaboration and community support, stood proudly in its vibrant glory.

Conclusion:

The Hillcrest elementary school pavilion is more than just a structure; it’s a testament to the power of collaboration, community spirit, and the impact of dreams turned into reality. Our structural services extend beyond the structural elements; they embody McClure’s dedication to make lives better.

Celeste Spickert, PE

Celeste Spickert, PE

Celeste brings 21 years of professional structural engineering expertise. She has experience utilizing concrete, steel, masonry, light gauge steel, precast concrete and wood design. Her wealth of experience includes leading the design of small, one-story buildings to eight-story structures with multiple framing systems. Celeste works hand and hand with the architect, civil and mechanical engineers to provide the best product for the client. She is experienced in all types of construction materials to solve the client’s needs. Her expertise in engineering and architecture will help to bring together the design concept and coordination with all other engineering trades. You can contact Celeste at cspickert@mcclurevision.com.

Celeste Spickert, PE

Celeste Spickert, PE

Celeste brings 21 years of professional structural engineering expertise. She has experience utilizing concrete, steel, masonry, light gauge steel, precast concrete and wood design. Her wealth of experience includes leading the design of small, one-story buildings to eight-story structures with multiple framing systems. Celeste works hand and hand with the architect, civil and mechanical engineers to provide the best product for the client. She is experienced in all types of construction materials to solve the client’s needs. Her expertise in engineering and architecture will help to bring together the design concept and coordination with all other engineering trades. You can contact Celeste at cspickert@mcclurevision.com.

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