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Louisiana's Petro Chemical Industry Is A Focus of New Studio at McNeese State University

PCI Foundation Grants $100,000 to McNeese State University for a 4-year studio focused on precast and prestressed concrete education

CHICAGO, February 10, 2021 --- Each year the PCI Foundation awards curriculum development grants to universities who submit applications and pass a rigorous review process for acceptance. McNeese State University (MSU) is one of this year’s grantees. MSU is located in Lake Charles, LA and is a public university.

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"The Foundation’s mission is to put precast concrete in the classroom so future architects, engineers and construction managers are aware of the possibilities of precast concrete and its myriad uses,” said Marty McIntyre, Executive Director of the Chicago-based PCI Foundation.

“Key components to each of the grants we award include industry partnership, new precast curriculum and innovative experiential learning.”

Name of University:

McNeese State University, College of Science, Engineering & Mathematics

Location: Drew Hall, Lake Charles, LA

Amount granted: $100,000 over a 4-year period

Timing: 2021 through 2024

Precast Industry Partners: Tindall Corporation and Lake Charles, LA based Alfred Miller Companies and Dunham Price Group.

Quote from Ahmed Abdel-Mohti, McNeese State University, Associate Professor and Project Champion, Civil Engineering (photo)

“This grant is a good fit for our program due to the state’s Petro Chemical industry as well as the presence of precast and prestressed concrete contractors in the local area.

This 4-year studio will give students a better idea of the importance of precast concrete in the real world. We will offer a new course and incorporate the benefits and impact of precast and prestressed concrete into design and construction."

The Foundation welcomes McNeese State University to our Studio Nation.

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