Building Construction Science Program holds annual awards banquet

May 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds annual awards banquet

Class of 2017 (L to R): Will Daniels, Owen McVitty, Hunter Frierson, Greg Moore, Tanner Wallace, Matt Bowen, Mark Varnado, Rudy Lazarus (photo by Michele Herrmann)

The 2017 annual Awards and Recognition Banquet for the Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Program was held on May 5 at the Mill Conference Center in Starkville.

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

Barry Lipsky, current chair of the BCS Advisory Board, opened the night with a congratulations to the Class of 2017 via video from New York.

The following students were recognized at the event:

Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region II Student Competition
Two MSU teams participated in the annual student competition this year in Peachtree City, Ga.

The Heavy Civil Team, which included BCS students Carver Camp, William Daniels and Owen McVitty, won the Best Presentation Award.

The following students were also recognized for their participation: Sam Akers, Jackson Bates, Jonas Brooking, Hunter Bullock, Jonathan Burton, Davis Byrd, Clayton Crossman, Gregory Goza, Willie Hopkins, Regan Horn, Kacie James, Robert Montoux and Daniel Pacheco.

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Student Researcher Award:
At the encouragement and funding of Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, the ABC Student Chapter presented the first annual Student Researcher Award in recognition for demonstrated professionalism as well as excitement, energy and drive that is crucial for successful research.

Recipient: Regan Horn

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Award of Appreciation:
In recognition for service as the ABC Student Chapter President.

Recipient: Regan Horn

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2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients:

Brasfield & Gorrie Building Construction Science Scholarship
Owen McVitty

Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship
Hunter Bullock

MS Associated Builders & Contractors Scholarship
Samuel Akers, Victoria Thompson

Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship
Benjamin Chubb, Cora Howell, Jon Luke Cave

Chip & Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship
Jeffrey Hubler

Abbey Burnett Bridges Endowed Scholarship
Regan Horn

MS Contractors Endowed Scholarship
Jalyn Wallin, William Brooks, Christopher Sharp

Yates Construction Co. Annual Scholarship
Derricka Grayer

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Students of the Year:
One student from each studio level is selected as the Student of the Year based on academic performance. The student/s with the highest Grade Point Average at the conclusion of the fall semester receives this award.

First-Year: Chris Sharp (not pictured), Jalyn Wallin (right) and Jackson Bates

Second-Year: Evan Hodges

Third-Year: Jon Luke Cave (third-time recipient)

Fourth-Year: Tanner Wallace (third-time recipient)

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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.

2017 Recipient: Tanner Wallace

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Thanks to Beverly Burton and Charles Beckham for their work for this special event.

See all the photos from the event below. (Full-res. files can be downloaded here until July 30, 2017).

BCS seniors present final projects

May 2nd, 2017 Comments Off on BCS seniors present final projects

 

(Story via Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann | Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

For their final project, senior building construction science students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s class responded to a hypothetical Request for Proposals for a three-story assisted living facility.

They prepared proposals outlining the recommended cost and duration, their individual approach to the project, risk assessments, quality control plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans and three-dimensional site utilization plans.

Each student presented his or her project in a head-to-head competition against a classmate.

Students in Assistant Professor Tom Leathem and Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff’s second-year studio judged each pair of presentations and selected a winner.

Building construction science seniors visit New York

April 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Building construction science seniors visit New York

Building Construction Science senior NYC Field Trip 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

From February 6-10, the building construction science senior class traveled to New York, NY, to view a variety of construction projects.

The group toured the High Line and a residential high-rise at 520 W 30th Street, courtesy of Terrance Richardson of Roy Anderson Related and a BCS Class of 2012 graduate.

The students also had a day of site tours, courtesy of T.G. Nickel, that included Essex Crossing II – future home of the Essex Street Market – and The Bryant – a residential condominium overlooking Bryant Park.

On the final day of the visit, the class toured EW Howell’s renovation of 11 East 89th Street to accommodate the Life Long Learning Center for the Park Avenue Synagogue.

During the trip, also students had some free time to explore the city:

BCS Industry Advisory Board holds spring 2017 meeting

April 7th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS Industry Advisory Board holds spring 2017 meeting

The Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Industry Advisory Board held their spring meeting on Fri., March 31.

The group met in the Sanderson Center Conference Room.

Click here to see the IAB members.

Building Construction Science holds 2017 spring career fair

April 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Building Construction Science holds 2017 spring career fair

The Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State holds an annual career fair for students who are seeking internship, co-ops, and full-time positions in leading construction companies across the U.S.

The 2017 MSU BCS Career Fair was held on the MSU campus in the program studios in Howell Building on Thurs., March 30.

The following companies participated:

  • ABC Mississippi
  •  Baker Co.
  • Brasfeild & Gorrie
  •  Century Construction
  • Choate Construction
  •  Doster Construction
  •  Flintco, LLC
  •  Hoar Construction
  •  Innovative Construction Management (ICM)
  •  Jesco, Inc.
  • Lemoine Co.
  • Linkous
  • Robins & Morton
  • Yates Construction

Funds raised through the career fair allow the program to enhance technology resources and opportunities for students in their studios and courses as well as increase student participation in a variety of academic and professional events, such as field trips and competitions, which reinforce the studio experience.

Building Construction Science featured in ‘College 2 Career’ newsletter

March 24th, 2017 Comments Off on Building Construction Science featured in ‘College 2 Career’ newsletter

The January 2017 issue of “College to Career” featured the Building Construction Science and first-year student Hunter Bullock.

Fourth-year BCS students present fall semester projects

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year BCS students present fall semester projects


(Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

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.

BCS and engineering students take ‘Best Presenation’ award at regional construction competition

November 10th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS and engineering students take ‘Best Presenation’ award at regional construction competition

Heavy Civil Team

Heavy Civil Team

Design-Build Team

Design-Build Team

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.

Tom Leathem elected director of Southeast Region of Associated Schools of Construction

November 9th, 2016 Comments Off on Tom Leathem elected director of Southeast Region of Associated Schools of Construction

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Tom Leathem (Photo by Russ Houston | Mississippi State University)

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.

Program holds career and Building Construction Clay Event

October 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Program holds career and Building Construction Clay Event

The Building Construction Science Program recently hosted an event in Starkville for contractors, friends and alumni of the program.

The 2016 Career and Building Construction Clay Event began with a career fair on Thurs., Oct. 6, from 2-6 p.m. in the studio space Howell Building.

On Friday, the Industry Advisory Board met at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford before students, contractors, alumni and friends joined the group for a sporting clay event.

BCS would like to thank the sponsors and participants for their support:
Brasfield & Gorrie
Century Construction
Dewalt
F.L. Crane
Flintco
Fransen Pittman
Garney
Golden Construction
Hoar
ICM
Jesco
Kiewit
Lemoine
Robins & Morton
Turner
Yates

BCS would like to specially thank Dewalt for sponsoring the tournament awards reception.

Industry Advisory Board Meeting:

(Above images via Mara Baker)
Skeet Shoot:

(Above images via Mara Baker)