Engineering students work to restore homes and historic landmarks.
From Seneca, Kansas, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama, Kansas State University engineering students have worked to restore homes and historic landmarks. Through it all, philanthropic gifts from alumni and friends helped make it possible.
Students have the option to spend spring or winter breaks participating in service-oriented trips led by Ray Buyle, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science. Buyle helps support these endeavors with annual funds from his Tointon Construction Management Chair, created through an endowed gift from K-State alumni Bob and Betty Tointon.
With Buyle’s guidance, students have developed cost estimates and a list of priorities for a historic museum restoration. They’ve built homes in communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and remodeled adobe homes in New Mexico. By supporting activities like these, the faculty chair empowers Buyle to expand the learning experience beyond classroom and campus borders.
“Having funds to do these types of activities broadens our horizons, gives students the opportunity to see things they may not have seen before and helps
them see how their major applies in the real world,” Buyle said, adding his appreciation for the Tointons’ generous investment. “I think it motivates other students, too, as they learn that these out-of-classroom experiences are available through our department.”