Engineering courses were offered for the first time, and a contract was approved for the construction of an engineering building, known as the Mechanical Arts Building. The two-story rectangular building was 80 feet by 32 feet and constructed of native stone. It included iron and wood shops, a machine shop, and a blacksmith shop. The second floor was for classrooms. The continuous vibrations of the mechanical equipment led to structural problems and the building was condemned 12 years after the initial construction.