December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year BCS students present fall semester projects
On Mon., Nov. 28, students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s BCS Studio V course presented their projects to Tony Carroll, Construction Manager, Sanderson Construction; Mason Phillips, Project Manager, Century Construction (BCS Class of 2013); and Ches Fedric, Senior Project Manager, ICM (Innovative Construction Management).
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.
November 10th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS and engineering students take ‘Best Presenation’ award at regional construction competition
Faculty members and students from Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science Program recently attended the Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) Region II Conference and Student Competitions held in Peachtree City, Ga., from Nov. 1-3. The event was co-sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.
Eighteen students from Mississippi State competed in the competition.
Five BCS students were part of the Design-Build category. Three BCS students and three students from MSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering joined up for the Heavy Civil category. Seven students competed as shadows, allowing them to gain exposure and experience for next year's competition.
Mississippi State was represented well, and the Heavy Civil team received the Best Presentation award.
November 9th, 2016 Comments Off on Tom Leathem elected director of Southeast Region of Associated Schools of Construction
The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Southeast Region (Region 2) held its annual student competition and conference Nov. 1 – 3 in Peachtree City, Ga.
During the conference, Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Assistant Professor Tom Leathem was elected director for ASC Region 2.
Leathem, who is finishing a three-year term as assistant director, will take over this position starting in April at the 53rd ASC International Conference and will serve a three-year term.
Born and raised in Midwest Illinois, Leathem received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Western Illinois University in 1999. Upon completion of his degree, he spent 11 years in Chicago working in construction management positions ranging from assistant field superintendent to senior project manager and business owner. The majority of Leathem’s industry experience focused in commercial/industrial construction on project types including manufacturing, distribution warehousing, office, medical, retail and municipal. Three of his eleven years were spent as a business owner focusing in residential remodeling. In 2010, Leathem enrolled in the Master of Design Build program at Auburn University. Upon completing his degree in August 2011, Leathem worked as an Adjunct Professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science.
ASC is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.
October 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Program holds career and Building Construction Clay Event
BCS would like to specially thank Dewalt for sponsoring the tournament awards reception.
Industry Advisory Board Meeting:
(Above images via Mara Baker)
(Above images via Mara Baker)
October 25th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science students visit Houston and College Station
Images via Visiting Assistant Professor Mike DuffBy Regan Horn | BCS student This semester, Building Construction Science third-year students in Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff's studio were given the opportunity to take a field trip to Houston, Dallas and College Station, Texas. A total of eleven decided to partake in the opportunity. In a minivan van and a fifteen passenger van, the class began the almost nine-hour drive to Houston, Texas. After checking into the hotel, the first stop was eating dinner with Campbell Slimp of Dynamic Glass at Backyard Café & Grill. Slimp talked a lot about the journey that he took to get to where he is in his life right now. He went to college thinking he would be joining the military, but after the military decided they did not need him, Campbell was forced to begin looking for jobs elsewhere. After realizing that working for a large general contractor was not for him, he chose to work for a sub-contractor. He slowly ended up working for Dynamic Glass and is happy with where he is at. The best advice that he gave was, “You are too young to be in a job that makes you unhappy.” The next day, the group traveled to Sugar Land, Texas, to meet with Angie Barrett of Flour Construction. The group began with a tour of the facility. After the tour, the group began meeting with several different people in Flour’s many different departments. From meeting with the guy that builds the pipe models, to meeting with an intern, to meeting with the people in charge of 3D models, Flour provided a large overview of what working for an international industrial company looks like. On the way out of Houston, the last stop was to visit Savanna Magee, Senior Project Engineer, from Webber, LLC. The site visit was a civil construction site for the expansion of Highway 290. Webber was in various stages of the project at different portions of the highway. At one location, the support columns were being formed and poured. At another location, the deck was about to be formed in preparation to pour the concrete for the deck. Overall, the experience at the Webber Construction site was definitely an experience that the group would not have been able to experience in Starkville. Once the group arrived in College Station, Texas, the first activity the group had was attending the COSC 475 class at Texas A&M University. After sitting through a lecture style scheduling class, the MSU students were all grateful or our studio learning environment. After driving across campus, the group met with Aaron Hodge, Texas A&M Building Construction Manager, at West Campus Agri-Life building. The group ended up chatting with him for a large amount of time and toured another building that was being built on campus. The last stop that the group made on Texas A&M’s campus was to visit Professor Joe Horlen, Department Chair of Texas A&M Construction Science Department, to tour the COSC main building and tour the BIM Cave. The final stop in the College Station, Texas, area was meeting with James Benham, CEO of JB Knowledge. Benham had lots of cool technology and toys that he allowed the group to play with that will be the future of the construction industry one day. The only stop in Fort Worth was a meeting with Alec Baker of Baker Triangle. Baker Triangle was a drywall and plaster sub-contractor. The first site visit we had in Dallas was to meet with Eddie Trejo, Assistant Project Manager, for Polk Mechanical in a renovation of a downtown Dallas Hotel. Trejo explained the difficulty of completing a mechanical project on an older building. He also explained that the majority of the sub-contractors were coordinating with BIM, but a few key sub-contractors were not, which added to the difficulty of the project. After visiting with Trejo, the group was able to visit the Grassy Knoll in downtown Dallas. The next stop in Dallas was at EMJ Corporation. They are a general contractor that has many different divisions. They were an awesome group of people that explained everything that they do very well. The also explained their internship process, which was very valuable. We talked to several different people from several different divisions while we were there. A few hours later, we were able to meet with Cory Pecacek, Assistant Project Manager for Whiting Turner Construction. We toured a medical facility that would deal with cancer treatment and radiation when it was completed. The facility was extremely interesting to look at due to the different precautions that had to be taken because of the radioactive material that is going to be housed in the facility. The last visit with a company on the field trip was with Alex Allen, Project Manager for Pulte Holmes. We were able to have dinner with him and pick his brain about what it was like in the residential side of the construction industry. He provided a lot of good advice on how the residential side was different but still lucrative. He had a passion for residential home construction, which many in the group found fascinating. For four of the members of the group, the actual last stop of the field trip was the Texas A&M versus Arkansas football game at AT&T Stadium. Jerry World was unbelievably amazing. Not only was the construction of the building awesome to look at, the atmosphere that was created was phenomenal.
October 12th, 2016 Comments Off on Dewalt gives to Building Construction Science Program
Dewalt recently gave $5,000 in new products for the Building Construction Science Construction Training Research Laboratory.
The company also sponsored the awards reception for the Sporting Clay Tournament hosted by the student chapter of the American Builders and Contractors (ABC).
October 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science student featured as ‘Our People’ on university website
Cora N. Howell (Student)Via msstate.edu | Our People
September 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Bulldog spirit at work: building construction science students help flood victims rebuild
(Photos by Laura Mitchell)By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University As thousands recover from last month’s historic flooding in south Louisiana and Mississippi, members of the Mississippi State Bulldog family are lending a hand to ease that process. Senior Regan E. Horn from Slidell, Louisiana, said while her family’s home just north of New Orleans did not receive damage, she empathizes for the many others in her home state who were affected. Driven to make a difference, she sought ways to use her building construction science skills to help those in need. “Mississippi State teaches you to have a great sense of heart,” said Horn, who aspires to a career in disaster relief. “MSU has given us so much, and it was nice to be able to give to somebody else.” With encouragement from MSU Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff, Horn organized a volunteer experience recently for students in her building construction studio III course. Horn and three classmates were joined by sophomore mechanical engineering major Nicholas R. “Nick” Eldred of Slidell, Louisiana, and freshman business administration major Ryan C. Hammers of Brentwood, Tennessee, as well as members of The Epworth Project, a Slidell-based disaster relief nonprofit for whom Horn previously worked for several years. Accompanied by School of Architecture Coordinator Laura Mitchell, the MSU student volunteers spent one weekend gutting a home in Ponchatoula, a small city located approximately 50 miles from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge. “It was nice to see that the staff at Mississippi State were supportive of what we were doing and wanted to help us,” said Horn. No stranger to natural disasters, Horn relocated with her family to Slidell six months after Hurricane Katrina, which left her grandfather’s home in Pascagoula completely submerged. “The ‘wet memories’ have stuck with me so much. I can remember smelling the same things,” Horn recalled when comparing her Katrina experience and the recent visit to Ponchatoula. “You often think of water as something that brings life, but it can tear things apart just as fast.” Horn said the volunteer experience proved rather eye-opening for her fellow students as well. “The hardest thing to grasp was that it wasn’t a tropical storm or hurricane, but just flat-out rain that caused it,” she said. “Everything seemed normal until we got in the house, and our group saw how everything was still wet.” Along with improving the volunteers’ understanding of building construction materials and methods, the experience reinforced the importance of service. Representing MSU, Starkville and Mississippi also made the experience meaningful for the dedicated group of students. Individuals who want to help citizens in the affected regions are encouraged to donate directly to the Red Cross, United Way or the Salvation Army. To make a donation to the United Way of South Mississippi Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.unitedwaysm.org/content/disaster-relief-fund. Mississippi Region donations also may be made online at http://www.redcross.org/local/Mississippi. Louisiana Region donation forms are available at www.unitedwaysela.org, www.redcross.org/local/Louisiana and www.salvationarmyalm.org. For more information on Louisiana and Mississippi flood relief efforts, contact Meggan Franks, MSU assistant director of student leadership and community engagement, at 662-648-9032 or MFranks@saffairs.msstate.edu. MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
August 17th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds fall 2016 convocation
July 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Program featured as State Spotlight