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.

Annual Building Construction Science banquet honors Class of 2014

May 21st, 2014 Comments Off

Class of 2014

Class of 2014

The annual 2014 Awards and Recognition Banquet for Building Construction Science was held on May 16 at the Ritz Theater & Conference Center in West Point.

The banquet was generously sponsored this year by F.L Crane.

A special thanks to all the alumni who attended the event as well as our Advisory Council members, Tony Carroll and Mike Upchurch.

The following students were recognized at the event:

2014-2015 scholarship recipients:
Associated Builders & Contractors Scholarship Fund – $1,000

Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship – $1,000
JANSEN FULLER (incoming freshman)

Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship – $4,000

Chip & Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship – $1,000

Boral Bricks Loyalty Scholarship ($1,000 renewal)

Hearin Annual Scholarship ($5,000)

2014 Associated Schools of Construction Competition participants:
Savannah Harvey
Joshua Rushing
Camerom Robulak
Brice Marks
William Hamilton
Tim Sullivan
Kurt Reynolds
Andrew Evans
Allie Salas
Lake Jackson
Tanner Wallace
David Marks
Blane Sellers
Alex Reeves
Frankie Jackson
Joey Black

BCS Director’s Council:
Brice Marks
Josh Rushing
Matt Bowen
Lake Jackson
C.J. Grish

Students of the Year (left to right): Interim Director David Lewis, Allie Salas, Devin Compher and Owen McVitty (not pictured:

Students of the Year (left to right): Interim Director David Lewis, Allie Salas, Devin Compher and Owen McVitty (not pictured: Tim Sullivan)

Students of the Year:
One student from each studio level is selected as the Student of the Year based on Academic Performance. The student with the highest Grade Point Average at the conclusion of the Fall Semester receives this award.
First-Year: Owen McVitty
Second-Year: Tim Sullivan
Third-Year: Allie Salas  (third-time recipient)
Fourth-Year: Devin Compher (fourth-time recipient)

Director's Medallion recipient: Blane Sellers with Interim Director David Lewis

Director’s Medallion recipient: Blane Sellers with Interim Director David Lewis

Director’s Medallion:
Selection criteria include academic effort, participation, leadership abilities, strong moral character and a concern with the sustainability of the program. The recipient must work diligently in the classroom, participate in BCS extracurricular activities and be a role model to students.
Blane Sellers

Thanks to Laura Mitchell, office associate, for organizing the event!

Yates Construction establishes minority scholarship at Mississippi State University

May 15th, 2014 Comments Off

yatesW. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company recently pledged $50,000 over the next five years to establish a minority scholarship for the Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State University.

The purpose of the scholarship is to attract outstanding African American students into the Mississippi construction industry.

To be eligible for the Yates Construction Annual Scholarship (worth up to $10,000 per year), a minority student must be enrolled in the BCS Program at MSU, must have at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate leadership abilities through extracurricular involvement.

Yates Construction is family-owned and ranked among the top construction service provides in the country by Engineering News Record. The company was founded in 1964 by William G. Yates Jr. and has a mission to provide value to their clients.

For more information about the BCS Program and the Yates Construction Company Annual Scholarship, contact Laura Mitchell at lmitchell@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-8310.

Collaborative Studio holds final reviews

May 8th, 2014 Comments Off

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Final reviews for the Collaborative Studio were held on April 30.

The studio includes third-year architecture and building construction science students.

For their final project, the student teams worked on a design for a new fire station in Caledonia for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department.

The students have been working with their faculty and a collection of volunteer firefighters, professional architects and professional constructors to develop the project.

Read more about the Collaborative Studio this semester.

Second-year BCS students present final projects

May 6th, 2014 Comments Off

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Via Masoud Gheisari

Second-year building construction science students in Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari’s studio finished the semester with a final project.

For the project, students were in charge of developing a schedule for a six-story concrete office building with an area of about 1,608 square feet per floor.

Their project had four sections of (1) Creating Project Schedule, (2) Cost Loading, (3) Updating the Project and (4) Linear Scheduling.

Students mainly used Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and Autodesk Revit to do their final project and submitted 27 different deliverables for their final assessment.