Nucor Building Systems in Terrell, Texas, has donated a metal building to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., as a training tool for its construction management students. The 20- by 25-foot metal building will be used to train students on how to erect a metal building. Over the next year, more than 40 students will have the opportunity to participate as they assemble and disassemble the structure using riggings and harnesses. In addition to learning how the pieces of a metal building fit together, students will learn about safety procedures and precautions. “These students are the future of our industry, and we want to ensure that they have all of the training tools to make a successful transition into the workforce,” says Tom Batterbee, general manager of the Terrell office of Nucor Building Systems.
John Brown University reached out to Nucor Building Systems after doing research on pre-engineered metal building companies. According to the University’s Construction Management Department head and professor Jim Caldwell, Nucor’s design documents and fabricated steel members have exceeded the school’s expectations. “They’ve provided us with a high-quality product that will allow us to have hands-on labs with our students to instruct them on safe methods for constructing pre-engineered metal buildings. Many universities don’t offer this type of training, which gives our students an advantage,” Caldwell says. The metal building will be utilized in the University’s high-bay lab, which has a ceiling more than 25 feet tall, allowing students to use lifts inside the building to work on the metal building and other projects. To learn more, visit www.nucorbuildingsystems.com.