Southeast Polytechnic Students Building ICU for Humane Society

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The stand alone ICU structure is being built in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., Nov. 5, 2015 – Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Polytechnic Studies are demonstrating their “Will to Do,” building a foundation to support the health of our beloved companions.

Construction management students are constructing a standalone structure in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building to be used as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.  The new Intensive Care Unit will have its own air supply and laundry, which will prevent illnesses from spreading.

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri currently uses an ICU that does not fit its needs because it is small, will not hold large dogs, and is housed in the same room as healthy cats, increasing the chances of airborne illnesses being transmitted.

The new structure is being constructed by 24 students in CM143, Construction Method and Materials I. Southeast Missouri Builders Supply donated all of the materials needed for the roofing system, and ABC Supply Co. provided the materials for the siding system and interior doors.  The building is expected to be completed by the end of the fall semester.

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Construction management students are working on an ICU for the Humane Society.

“Everything that I talk about in my lecture, we’re turning right back around and doing it, so those issues and hardships that arise have a direct implication to real-world applications,” said John Dudley, Southeast instructor of polytechnic studies  “Any time that we can have something real world, the experience is naturally going to be more meaningful, when students graduate they want to have some of those real world experiences, so the fact that we’re doing something outside of the University for someone, that will be used makes it more meaningful.”

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The Humane Society’s current ICU is housed in the same room with healthy cats.

“We are immensely grateful for the community support we receive on a regular basis. We would not be able to do what we do, without that support. We have been approaching businesses for supplies for the ICU, in an effort to keep costs down. ABC Supply has donated the entire siding system and two interior doors. Southeast Missouri Builders Supply donated the roofing system. We have received generous discounts on purchases from Buchheit’s and Lowe’s. These donations have allowed us to keep our costs of the building down. It enables us to put that money to use taking care of the animals currently in our care,” said Holly Godwin of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.

When completed, the building will be transported from Southeast’s Polytechnic Building to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri by a high tech trailer and forklift system.

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri’s mission is to provide shelter and care for homeless animals and advocates for the humane treatment of all animals. Another major part of its mission is to encourage spaying and neutering to decrease overpopulation of domestic animals. Their mission also includes providing programs and services that enhance the bond between animals and people. It provides programs and services thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations through the use of donations, fund raisers and grants.