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: http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/ipdtheater2015/

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

Third-year BCS students visit sites in Atlanta

October 30th, 2014 Comments Off

Photo by Assistant Professor  Masoud Gheisari

Photo by Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari

(Via Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari)

Third-year building construction science students recently traveled to Atlanta, Ga., with Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari.

During the trip, students had the opportunity to visit different projects, from a billion-plus-dollar stadium project to a 256-units wood-framed residential project complex.

They also visited two LEED Platinum buildings, where they saw real-world examples of green buildings in action.

Project sites:

  1. NSP (New Atlanta Stadium/Public Assembly) – Holder Construction
  2. Emory Chemistry Addition & Renovation (Higher Education/ High Tech Research Labs) – Holder Construction
  3. Southface (Commercial/Office Building)
  4. The G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (Higher Education/Office Building)
  5. School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech (Higher Education/Graduate Studies)
  6. VA Specialty Care Outpatient Clinic (Healthcare) – DPR-Hardin Construction
  7. Circle Howell Mill Residential Project (Residential) – DPR-Hardin Construction

The School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech also invited the group to visit their school and facilities. There, the Mississippi State students learned more about opportunities for doing graduate studies in the Building Construction domain.

A special thanks to Dr. Castro and Brenda Morris from the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech; Ameet Doshi from Georgia Tech Library; Michael Hasamoh, Zach Creach, Dennis Ritchie and Calan Hollingsworth from Holder Construction; Kathryn Lovda from Southface; and Ashley Johnson, Naveen Nerwal and Jeremy Payne from DPR-Hardin Construction for their time and help to make this trip a success and a great learning experience for students.

See the presentation on the sites BCS student visited in Atlanta (below).

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Click to view a presentation prepared by a group of the BCS students (Webb Emerson, Evan Fuller, Brent Gaude and Will Sparks) as a part of their site visit project in Atlanta.

CAAD students honored in annual interdisciplinary design contest

October 24th, 2014 Comments Off

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Fourth-year MSU seniors in architecture, building construction science, interior design and art-graphic design recently participated in the fourth annual Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition. Photo by: Beth Wynn

Via Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

Twenty-four members of interdisciplinary teams from Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design won honors in the 2014 Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition.

Fourth-year architecture majors recently joined with other seniors in art-graphic design, building construction science and interior design–the academic disciplinesin the college–to plan, design and produce a hypothetical building in just two weeks. In all, 74 students participated in the fourth annual competition.

Employees of Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, a general contractor and construction company, judged students’ projects; the Birmingham, Alabama-based business annually contributes $5,000 to support the MSU contest.

Interdisciplinary student teams included 25 architecture majors, 19 training in building construction science, 15 concentrating in art-graphic design and 15 studying interior design.

“This year is the first year that the art department, specifically graphic design students and assistant professor Suzanne Powney, were involved in the collaborative studio,” said Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture. “They joined the architecture, building construction science, and interior design students and faculty to design a retail incubator project in downtown Starkville for small businesses to have space and sell goods.”

The collaborative experience previews what real-world work will be like in each respective fields, Powney said.

“Graphic design students got a taste of what it’s like to meet client deadlines and work together,” she said. “Our students helped with the charts and graphs; the graphic designers also served by designing signage, brand and environmental graphics.

“It was a good marriage of abilities for graphic design, architecture, building construction science and interior design.”

Building construction science assistant professor Michele Herrmann said her students learned more about how the overall design process works, especially in relation to how estimates often change through the process. All the students who participated improved their communication skills, she emphasized.

Jacob Gines, assistant professor of architecture, said the fast pace and necessary collaboration are vitally important to professional success in architecture, building construction science, interior design or graphic art.

“Over a two-week period, our students gained critical exposure to a collaborative process that challenged design thinking skills and abilities, and they altered anticipated outcomes into a series of cohesive proposals,” he said.

Honorees for superior design included, by hometown:

FIRST PLACE
CLINTON–Devin A. Carr, architecture major and the son of Neil and Sandra Carr.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama–Savannah M. Harvey, building construction science major and the daughter of Bobby and Debra Harvey.
FAYETTE, Alabama–Anna Leigh Richards, art-graphic design major and the daughter of Jeffery and Debbie Richards.
LORENCE–Cristen N. Richard, interior design major and the daughter of Clyde and Michelle Richard.
FOREST–Phillip L. Vance, building construction science major and the son of Larkin and Terri Vance.
GULFPORT–Austin C. Edwards, art-graphic design major and the son of Chadwick and Daniele Edwards.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama–Megan R. Vansant, architecture major and the daughter of Donald and Rebecca Vansant.
LOVELAND, Ohio–Sidney E. Ashmore, interior design major and the daughter of Jeffrey Ashmore and Margaret King.

SECOND PLACE
BAY ST. LOUIS–Britney R. Johnson, art-graphic design major and the daughter of Willie Johnson of Diamondhead and Linda Johnson of Bay St. Louis.
BILOXI–Erin T. Bristol, interior design major and the daughter of Jerry and Kathy Bristol.
CARRIERE–Cody J. Smith, architecture major and the son of James Smith of Ward, Arkansas, and Christina Renderman of Carriere.
COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee–Taylor K. Tillman, interior design major and the daughter of Chad and Kimberly Tillman.
INDIAN SPRINGS, Alabama–Mary K. Sanders, architecture major and the daughter of David and Patricia Sanders.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri–Stefan K. Balcer, architecture major and the son of Conrad and Karen Balcer.
KILN–Donald J. Drummond, building construction science major and the son of Todd and Nancy Drummond.
SUWANEE, Georgia–Garrett Little, building construction science major and the son of Christopher and Rebecca Little.

THIRD PLACE
CRYSTAL SPRINGS–Cody M. Skinner, architecture major and the son of Michael and Tina Skinner.
GULFPORT–Nenyatta K. Smith, architecture major and the daughter of John and Dorothy Smith.
JACKSON–Ebbony S. Evans, interior design major and the daughter of Ruby Smith.
MADISON–Katelyn N. Napier, art-graphic design major and the daughter of Jerry and Sherri Napier.
MERIDIAN–Kenan Hamilton, building construction science major and the son of David and Lauretta Hamilton.
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee–Caroline Riley, interior design major and the daughter of David and Donna Riley.
OLIVE BRANCH–Lauren E. Blalock, art-graphic design major and the daughter of James and Melanie Blalock.
SMYRNA, Georgia–Gage W. Adkins, building construction science major and the son of Gary and Karen Adkins.

BCS Program featured in MSU Foundation video

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off

Infinite Impact – College of Architecture, Art, and Design from Mississippi State University on Vimeo.

Capano steps in as new director of Building Construction Science Program

July 24th, 2014 Comments Off

Capano_Craig_R3H3699~cc2937Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC, will serve as the new director of the Building Construction Science program in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. He also holds the new Roy Anderson Endowed Professorship.

Capano, a certified professional constructor and licensed general contractor (North Carolina) with extensive construction experience, is replacing the interim director and former associate dean, David C. Lewis, Ph.D., who retired June 30 after 26 years of service at Mississippi State.

Capano and his wife, Sandra, who will also work for the university in the College of Veterinary Medicine, are from Cape Coral, Fla.

“We are excited about the move to Starkville,” he said. “When we first came out here, we didn’t know what to expect but found Starkville to be a very vibrant, exciting college town, and the focus seems to be around the university. That’s very appealing; it’s like a family.”

He also said he’s excited about the good Southern cooking and the fishing, both of which he has already had the chance to enjoy.

Capano is especially excited about leading MSU’s unique, integrated learning Building Construction Science Program.

“That’s really what drew me here,” he said. “We have a lot of opportunities to work with industry and help form the new built environment leaders of the future. We are going to be delivering construction differently, and it’s going to take the type of students and learning environment we are developing here to move it forward.”

Capano has held a number of positions, from tradesman to division director for a variety of high-end residential and large commercial general contractors. He has also been involved with professional construction education where he has served as faculty, program coordinator, program head and dean. Read his full bio.

BCS assistant professor presents at Computing in Civil & Building Engineering Conference

July 3rd, 2014 Comments Off

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Masoud Gheisari, an assistant professor in the Building Construction Science Program, presented at the 2014 Computing in Civil & Building Engineering Conference held in Orlando, Fla., from June 23-25.

This was a joint conference between the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and was hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Gheisari presented his paper, “Locating Building Components in a Facility Using Augmented Reality vs. Paper-Based Methods: A User-Centered Experimental Comparison.”

In his paper and presentation, Gheisari discussed the hypothesis of his research that bringing 3D BIM models of building components into an Augmented Reality (AR) environment and making them accessible through handheld mobile devices would help the facility managers to locate those components easier and faster compared to facility managers’ current approach of paper-based preventive/corrective maintenance work orders. He tested his hypothesis through a within-subjects user participation experiment. The outcome of his statistical analysis revealed that a mobile AR-based environment would significantly enhance locating the right object in the facility in terms of the required time and number of errors.

The details of this research and Gheisari’s paper can be found through the following link: “Locating Building Components in a Facility Using Augmented Reality vs. Paper-Based Methods: A User-Centered Experimental Comparison”

Interim BCS director to retire after 26 years at MSU

June 10th, 2014 Comments Off

David C. Lewis, Ph.D., will retire at the end of June.

Lewis joined the School of Architecture faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 1988. He served as an associate professor from 1994-2007, was interim director of the School of Architecture from 2006-2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He represented the College of Architecture, Art and Design from 2008-2013 as associate dean and most recently was the interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

Lewis was the recipient of the National Educator Honor Award AIAS for the 1988-1989 academic year. In 2005, he received the College of Architecture, Art and Design Faculty Research Award, and he was also the recipient of the prestigious ACSA Faculty Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the association’s top teaching honor.

“When a school hires new assistant professors, the ultimate goal is for them to develop, over time, their own thoughts and expertise and then be able to use those to influence, in a most positive way, the pedagogy and direction of the school,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This is an elite goal, but in fact David has accomplished this. While his continued input will be missed, the school will continue to benefit from the rich heritage of his design thinking.”

Craig Capano will start July 1 as the new director for the Building Construction Science Program.

Building Construction Science assistant professor presents at Construction Research Congress

May 29th, 2014 Comments Off

Masoud Gheisari, an assistant professor in the Building Construction Science Program, presented at the 2014 Construction Research Congress (CRC) held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., from May 19-21.

The CRC is the prime international conference in the area of construction engineering and management. This conference is organized every two years by the Construction Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Institute.

Gheisari had paper presentations in the areas of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Mobile Augmented Reality and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) applications in construction domain.

The topics of the papers were:

Gheisari also moderated a session on Information Technology, Modeling (BIM) and Simulation.

At the end of the conference, a CRC business meeting was conducted, and during that meeting, Gheisari’s membership application was approved by the vote of the CRC members.

MSU building construction science majors receive scholarships

May 27th, 2014 Comments Off

Via MSU Public Affairs

Mississippi State students from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are receiving 2014-15 building construction science scholarships.

Part of the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, building construction science is one of only two such studio-based programs in the nation. Its interdisciplinary curriculum in business, engineering, and construction sciences prepares MSU graduates for careers in construction or construction-related fields.

This year’s group includes, by hometown:

FAIRHOPE, Ala.–Senior Savannah M. Harvey, receiving a $5,000 Hearin Foundation Scholarship, as well as the renewal of a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Boral Bricks. She is the daughter of Bobby and Debbie Harvey and a Fairhope High School graduate.

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–Incoming freshman Jansen C. Fuller, the son of Ernie and Jana Fuller, receiving the $1,000 Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship; sophomore Owen A. McVitty, the son of Jim and Alicia McVitty, receiving the $1,000 Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship; and senior Allie N. Salas, the daughter of Michael and Sherrie Salas, receiving a $5,000 Hearin Foundation scholarship. All graduated from Centennial High School.

FULTON–Sophomore Tanner C. Wallace, receiving the $1,000 Chip and Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of Ted and Carol Wallace and an Itawamba Agricultural High School graduate.

SUWANEE, Ga.–Senior Garrett Little, receiving the $4,000 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship. He is the son of Chris and Rebecca Little and a Lambert High School graduate.

See the story at WCBI.com.