Student-designed, built shelters now open at MSU Golf Course

March 27th, 2015 Comments Off

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State


Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

Local golf enthusiasts joined Mississippi State University administrators, faculty, staff and students this week for the unveiling of two on-course shelters at the MSU Golf Course.

The new structures at the fourth and 10th holes, complete with men’s and women’s accommodations and cart parking spaces on each side, were designed by second-year architecture majors and built by second-year building construction science students.

Both the School of Architecture and the building construction science academic program are part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The work was completed during the fall semester collaborative studio, coordinated by associate professor Hans Herrmann and assistant professor Emily McGlohn of the architecture school, along with assistant professor Tom Leathem and lecturer Lee Carson of building construction science.

“Thank you for your active involvement, for the collective leadership from all our faculty and for everyone involved in this,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is an opportunity to really showcase what Mississippi State talent is about. What a great new addition this is, not only to this golf course, but to our professional golf management program.”

The PGM program, housed in the College of Business, is the second oldest sanctioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Students completing the four-and-a-half-year curriculum receive a bachelor’s degree in marketing and 16 months of practical work experience.

Michael Berk, architecture school director, said MSU is the only institution of higher learning in the country to require all second-year architecture and building construction science students to complete a full year of collaborative studio.

“There’s no other school in the nation to require two full semesters of working together,” agreed Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “Our students have the opportunity to do truly collaborative work, and we’re always interested in having these types of projects for the community and our students and faculty.”

Though building construction science and architecture students have completed their portion of the project, MSU Department of Landscape Architecture students will continue by improving the landscaping around the buildings, said Craig Capano, director of the building construction science program.

“This is only the first of many projects that I hope we can all do together,” he said. “We’ve already started discussions about next fall, and the faculty have some great ideas. And that’s what Mississippi State is all about–it’s about learning; it’s about changing; it’s about improving.”

Sharon Oswald, College of Business dean, emphasized the on-course shelters also benefit PGM students.

“I want to thank the faculty, and particularly the students, on behalf of the PGM program and the MSU Golf Course,” Oswald said. “We love collaborative projects, and anything we can ever do to help, we will.”

The 6,390-yard, par-72 course, located three miles east of campus at 1520 Old Highway 82, opened to the public in 1986. Along with the two on-course shelters, cart path and driving range, the course features a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a snack bar, and a fully stocked golf shop and classroom.

ABC students host Career and Construction Classic

March 24th, 2015 Comments Off


The Building Construction Science Program and the student arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently hosted a three-day event in Starkville for contractors, friends, and alumni of the program.

The Career and Construction Classic included a student competition and presentations on March 18. On March 19, the program’s Advisory Council met, a career fair was held for students, and the day wrapped up with an awards banquet and crawfish boil. The final day included a golf tournament, which concluded with an awards lunch.

BCS would like to thank the sponsors and golfers for supporting the career fair and golf tournament.
Special thanks to the following companies:
FL Crane
The Lemoine Company
Probity Contracting Group
The Ross Group
BL Harbert
Brasfield & Gorrie
R.C. Construction

BCS also extends its gratitude to Kiewit for organizing the BCS Student Competition on Wednesday.

Student Competition:

Advisory Council Meeting:

Career Fair:

Crawfish Boil and Competition Awards Banquet:

Golf Tournament:

CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

March 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the third time the college has held the event, which was attended by 136 guests.

The event, held at the Leo W. Seal M-Club, was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Building construction science students worked with current student volunteers on a project.

MSU Building Construction Science Program receives notice of ‘candidate status’ for accreditation

December 9th, 2014 Comments Off

The Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State University has received official notification of their “Candidate Status for Accreditation” by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

According to Craig Capano, Ph.D., director and Roy Anderson Professor, the target goal is to have a site visit for accreditation in spring or fall of 2016. During Candidate Status, the program will have to work on a self-evaluation study to include an introspective of the program and assessment of the goals and objectives as well as ensure student learning outcomes meet ACCE standards.

“There are no other programs in the country delivering construction education as we are,” said Capano. “We are definitely leading the way, and it will be a learning experience for both us and the ACCE.”

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) addresses the education of the professional constructor to ensure the very best education possible. The ACCE promotes, supports and accredits quality construction education programs and recognizes the right of each program to be appraised in the light of its own stated purposes as long as these comply with its requirements.

First-year BCS studio finishes busy semester

December 8th, 2014 Comments Off


On the first day of class, first-year BCS students in Dr. Craig Capano’s studio received a challenge to learn team building. Students had to use 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape and 1 regular marshmallow to build the “tallest freestanding tower” in only 18 minutes.


Representatives from Yates Construction visited the first-year studio to give students a little insight into the construction industry.


For their first project, “Becoming Joe Carpenter,” students learned how to work together to build a common project. They were challenged to build a set of saw horses. They had to research how big to build it and how to make cuts, which involved putting together a layout plan on the wood to not waste material.


Students had a chance to tour the site of the new cafe on campus being built by JESCO Construction.


Students visited a residential construction project being built by lecturer Lee Carson.


Another project in the first-year studio involved constructing masonry walls. Students were only given a certain amount of material and time and had to work as crews to assemble the structures. “They all realized how hard it is to be a mason,” laughed Dr. Craig Capano.


After a tour of Colubus Brick Company, students had the opportunity to test their masonry skills with professional masons.

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For the wood shed project, students worked together as crews to design and assemble a wood shed. After a design charrette, the winning design was chosen to assemble. The nine crews then had to determine how to pre-fabricate the shed in 7 pieces and figure out how to assemble it (including estimating and scheduling). Students also shopped for all the required materials for the project. “The students got a good understanding of what an architect goes through with this project,” said Dr. Craig Capano.

“This semester was a good learning experience for the students,” said Dr. Craig D. Capano, director and Roy Anderson Professor, who added that many of the first-year students had never been exposed to methods and materials, especially related to carpentry and masonry.

“The semester also included exposure to the world of construction – what professional contractors need to be aware of. All in all, we had a lot of fun, and the students walked away with a better understanding of the industry.”

Collaborative Studio ends semester with final review

December 5th, 2014 Comments Off

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This year’s fall Collaborative Studio, which consists of second-year architecture and building construction science students, built two shelters for the MSU Golf Course.

Students are putting the final touches on the project before a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the spring.

Final reviews of the project were held in the Giles Gallery on December 2.

Emily McGlohn (coordinator and assistant professor, architecture)
Lee Carson (lecturer, building construction science)
Hans Herrmann (associate professor, architecture)
Tom Leathem (assistant professor, building construction science)

Read more about this year’s studio.

Third-year building construction science students present final projects

December 2nd, 2014 Comments Off


Via Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari

Third-year building construction science students in Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari’s studio presented a final poster presentation on November 24.

The presentation was a combination of their last two projects, “Human & Technology on Construction Jobsites” and “4D/nD Modeling & Scheduling.”

In their “Human & Technology on Construction Jobsites” project, students learned a hands-on way to bring and implement BIM technology and tools from office trailers to construction jobsites through their own design ideas of a BIM Kiosk.

They had to
(1)define the operational tasks dealing with building information models on construction jobsites,
(2) study the environmental conditions of operational workplace,
(3) analyze the construction worker characteristics and
(4) investigate the current technologies/tools use in the operations to successfully come up with a design idea to transfer BIM from office to the hand of project managers, project engineers, superintendents and different trade workers on the construction jobsites.

The second project, “4D/nD Modeling & Scheduling,” was a collaborative effort which was supported by Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and their VDC team in their Birmingham, Ala., office.

This project was a 1.2 million square foot parking deck with multiple levels and complex foundations. The objective of this project was to build a 4D schedule with Navisworks Manage. Each student required to build a simple schedule of the project in Microsoft Project within a 24-month duration. The schedule was then attached to the model geometry and a simulation run based on the schedule logic and the model geometry. The students were required to use Microsoft Project, Autodesk Revit and integrate them in Navisworks Manage to complete this project.


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Fourth-year BCS students present final fall semester projects

December 1st, 2014 Comments Off


Via Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann

On Mon., Nov.24, students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s BCS Studio V course presented their projects to Chad Martin of F.L. Crane & Sons Inc. and Craig Provine of Copeland & Johns Inc.

Over the course of the fall semester, the students were asked to prepare a bid and schedule, negotiate contracts and then react and respond to a series of hypothetical delays and conflicts often faced on construction projects.

The delays and conflicts ranged from weather delays, to subcontractor conflicts to defective work. For each issue the students were asked to evaluate the impact on their budget and schedule, and determine what their contractual rights and obligations were.


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Architecture, building construction science students establish a national model for academic collaboration

November 18th, 2014 Comments Off

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles visit the Collaborative Studio in Giles Hall to view models and full-scale mock-ups of the golf course facilities being designed and built by architecture and building construction science students. Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles visit the Collaborative Studio in Giles Hall to view models and full-scale mock-ups of the golf course facilities being designed and built by architecture and building construction science students. Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is paving the way nationally when it comes to collaboration between the fields of construction and architecture.

In the fall, CAAD’s second-year architecture and building construction science studios come together to form a joint Collaborative Studio, where students are challenged to bring knowledge from their two disciplines together.

Assistant Professor of architecture Emily McGlohn, coordinator for the studio, explained that buildings are becoming more and more complex and require construction and architecture professionals to work together – what is referred to in the industry as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

“The students are learning the earlier the constructors and architects come together in the design process, the better the building will be and the less headaches they will encounter along the way.”

Each year, students in this studio are challenged to work together to design and construct a full-scale product from start to finish for a real client. Last year’s fall Collaborative Studio constructed two bus shelters for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. This year, students are working on two lighting shelters for the MSU Golf Course.

“Every class gets a chance to do a project like this,” said Associate Professor of architecture Hans Herrmann. “That’s rare,” he said, going on to explain how important hands-on learning is for students. “The reality of making is different from drawing. Gravity becomes a reality for them,” he laughed.

And the students have, in fact, dealt with their fair share of challenges, both with learning how to work together and actually building something they have designed.

“This is a pretty intense, hands-on learning experience for them,” said building construction science instructor Lee Carson, who said that students are learning “the idea of drawing with materials.”

This year’s project includes two separate shelters with restrooms for the golf course – one with cypress wall panels as an exterior skin and the other with a concrete skin. Both facilities will have cisterns to capture rainwater that will be used to flush the toilets.

After working on individual, small-scale designs, the 49 students split into four teams to tackle designing and building the two facilities in pieces – a wood wall panel team, a concrete wall panel team, a roof truss team and a concrete wall cistern team. This teamwork has allowed for a peer-review atmosphere, which has resulted in improved quality of design and construction.

“The students’ work has continued to impress us,” said Bill Broyles, interim vice for student affairs, who has been consulting with the group from the start.

Construction began on site with the pouring of the foundation in late September. Students are currently working on the formwork for the cistern wall while the other teams are fabricating their components off site. Construction on both buildings is set to be finished by the end of the month.

The project will wrap up with a final review on Dec. 1, where students will explain the design and construction process. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception – open to the MSU community – will be held on the golf course in the spring.

“The students are really excited to have an investment on campus,” said Herrmann. “And we are grateful to have a project to work on,” added Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture.

According to Jim West, the college’s dean, CAAD is the only college in the country where the entire group of construction and architecture students from one year-level come together in a joint studio.

“MSU is truly reframing innovative architecture and construction education,” said the new director of the Building Construction Science Program Craig Capano, Ph.D., and Roy Anderson Professor.

“For our students, the idea of IPD and project collaboration is going to be a familiar concept,” added Berk.

“And we are setting a standard we feel will be modeled in the years to come across the country,” finished West.

School of Architecture, Building Construction Science to host ‘Integrated Project Delivery Theater’

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off

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(Via the ACSA website)

Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and Building Construction Science Program, in cooperation with the Architecture and Construction Alliance (A+CA) announce the Integrated Project Delivery Theater. This interactive symposium is designed to introduce the exciting but complex world of Integrated Practice.

The two-day symposium features the project team responsible for the commission, design and construction of the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center, a LEED Gold building. Featured presenters include Jose Alvarez, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect and Principle with the 2014 AIA Firm of the Year Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Kevin N. Overton, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager for Turner Construction Company; and Brian Bozeman, LEED AP, Executive Director ADAMS, (client’s representative) for the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center.

Coupled with this dynamic project team, integrated practice educators Assistant Professor Michele M. Herrmann, Esq.; Assistant Professor Emily M. McGlohn, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; and Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., will offer an exceptional educational opportunity. The unique interactive theater-like presentation includes problem-based learning activities and illustrative visual and verbal presentations designed to generate synthetic comprehension of IPD.

The A+CA, through its generous sponsorship, has enabled the MSU faculty to develop this special event. As a critical component to the symposium’s success, the A+CA and MSU School of Architecture and Building Construction Science Program invite students and faculty members from all programs of study engaged in Integrated Project Delivery to attend.

The symposium will be held in Giles Hall on the MSU campus in charming Starkville, MS.

For more information on the participating practitioners and MSU faculty presenters please visit:

Symposium Date: January 29–30, 2015
Location: School of Architecture
Giles Hall, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Local Accommodations: Hotel Chester, Downtown Starkville, MS