A nurse assisting a fake patient at Pitt State's nursing school, built by McCownGordon Construction

Pittsburg State University McPherson Hall

Project Case Study
McPherson Hall houses Pittsburg State’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing that prepares students for nursing careers focusing on hands-on learning. With the university’s growth plans expansion became evident. McCownGordon partnered with Clark Huesemann for Pitt State’s first construction management at risk project to deliver a facility that will wow students, faculty and alumni and symbolize the evolution and growth of the school of nursing.


Pittsburg State University


Building Information Modeling
Collaborative Delivery


Pittsburg, KS

An exterior photo of McPherson Hall at Pittsburg State University, a nursing school built by McCownGordon

The new addition and renovation provides teaching and learning spaces tuned to the future, with space for students to experience immersive learning in state-of-the-art simulation environments. The $6 million project includes a new 10,000 square foot simulation hospital with a nurses’ station, four exam rooms, six hospital rooms, a control room, an observation area and supporting workspaces. The space also includes a multi-functional, active-learning classroom that seats 160, a specialized classroom for a digital cadaver, student study spaces equipped with the latest technology and selective renovation of the existing facility’s classrooms, meeting spaces and public areas.

Two students sitting and talking in a shared space at Pitt State University's nursing facility

Construction included a new fire sprinkler system and plumbing upgrades to the existing building. The new addition required coordination with the existing building at the tie-in location. The team worked nimbly and adjusted the plan after demolition, which revealed the facility’s existing conditions.

Pitt State students talking at the nurses desk in the simulation hospital, built by McCownGordon
Two nursing students studying in a conference room at Pitt State's nursing school, built by McCownGordon
A nursing student walking by a peer in McPherson Hall, Pitt State's nursing school.
Students sitting in a large lecture hall at Pitt State University
An exterior shot of McPherson Hall at dusk, a nursing school built by McCownGordon Construction
Two students listening into the simulation hospital at Pitt State Nursing School, built by McCownGordon