KMU Celebrates Ribbon Cutting, New Training Complex in McPherson

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
December 01, 2016

A ribbon cutting was held this week to celebrate the new Kansas Municipal Utilities training center. While driving in the southeast part of town over the last year, McPherson area residents haven’t been able to help but notice the construction on the corner of Avenue A and Centennial of a modern-looking structure with an industrial type design that’s already garnered attention for a commercial architecture award.  

Construction on the new training center began just a year ago, but the idea of building it has been over ten years in the making.

Utility workers from across the state of Kansas will now be able to train at the new center using hands-on equipment, that’s housed in a 7,000 square-foot garage, and an auditorium classroom that can seat 200. The building design may be award-worthy, but everything about it is strictly functional.

The entire center sits on a 35-acre training complex that will be used for municipal utilities across the state and region for ongoing training of the current workforce as well as the next generation of utility workers.