Professional Development

Burns & McDonnell invests $500,000 in Engineering Hall at Kansas State University.

Burns & McDonnell has pledged $500,000 to Kansas State University to support Engineering Hall, the 108,000-square-foot expansion to the engineering complex which opened last spring. The Burns & McDonnell Foundation donated $400,000 and employee-owners who are K-State alumni donated an additional $100,000.

Along with the monetary donation, the firm has bestowed its name upon the Burns & McDonnell Collaborative Learning Laboratory, which will facilitate a more hands-on and team-based approach to engineering education.

“Burns & McDonnell is committed to developing the next generation of STEM professionals,” says Greg Graves, chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell. “We are proud to be a supporter of K-State; a university that consistently produces some of the brightest engineering professionals in the country.” 

The Burns & McDonnell Collaborative Learning Laboratory, part of the broader Academic Success Center, will serve as home to the innovative Scholars Assisting Scholars program. The program employs upper-level students to tutor peers while also developing their own teaching and leadership skills.

“Collaboration is the future of industry, and we are fortunate to partner with leaders like Burns & McDonnell, who recognize and support that fact,” said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering. “We are grateful for Burns & McDonnell’s commitment to engineering education at K-State, and we’re honored to have their name upon one of the most highly visible spaces in our new Engineering Hall.”

To learn more about making a gift to engineering at Kansas State University, please contact Dana Hunter at or 785-775-2087.


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