Mississippi State well represented at 50th ASC Conference

April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann's presentation at the ASC Conference.

Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s presentation at the ASC Conference.

Three assistant professors in the Building Construction Science Program presented at the 50th International Conference of Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), held in Washington, D.C., from March 26-28.

Masoud Gheisari, Ph.D, presented his paper, “Understanding Information Needs of Facility Managers in Preventive and Corrective Building Maintenance Practices, A Qualitative Approach.” In his paper and presentation, Gheisari discussed user-centered verse technology-centered approaches in general AEC+FM domain. He then justified how a qualitative user-centered information needs assessment approach might lead to better implementation of technology in AEC+FM domain through a Facility Management (FM)-related case study.

Gheisari also presented a poster, “Using Augmented Panoramic Views as an Online Course Delivery Mechanism.” In this presentation, he explained his ongoing research collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how to use ubiquitous computing to transform Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) beyond traditional video and audio formats.

Michele Herrmann, Esq., presented her paper, “Green Bidding: Recent Challenges to LEED Experience Requirements in Bidding Documents.” The paper and presentation focused on several recent cases where bidding documents required bidders to have prior LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) experience and whether that requirement is in violation of state bidding laws.

Tom Leathem presented “Lean Strategies as a Teaching Tool in a Collaborative Undergraduate Construction/Architecture Course.” The paper discussed lean construction strategies Leathem implemented in the course and how they were used to foster development of intended learning outcomes.

During the conference, ASC regional business meetings were also conducted. Leathem, assistant regional director of ASC Region II, participated in the business meeting. The discussions primarily focused on the upcoming fall ASC Competition to be held in South Carolina, where Leathem and Gheisari will be coaching teams from MSU. Highlights of the upcoming competition include an added category, Concrete Construction. Leathem will participate as a founding member of this category and will coach a team representing MSU Building Construction Science as a founding school.

Building Construction Science Advisory Council meets

April 11th, 2014 Comments Off

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The Building Construction Science Advisory Council gathered on Fri., April 11 in Starkville for their semester meeting.

See the list of members.


BCS senior class visits San Francisco

March 21st, 2014 Comments Off

BCS seniors in San Francisco.  (photo by Dmitry Lipsky)

BCS seniors in San Francisco. (photo by Dmitry Lipsky)

Throughout their studies, BCS students visit various metropolitan areas to view the construction sites and network with construction professionals. In the past, trips have included New York, N.Y.; Miami, Fla.; the Gulf Coast; Natchitoches, La.; and New Orleans, La.

This year, seniors in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s Building Construction Science Studio VI, visited San Francisco, Calif.

From Feb. 10 – 14, the group was able to pack in visits to the following construction sites:
• BART Oakland Airport Connector and Doolittle Maintenance Building
(Turner Construction & Flatiron Construction)

• 222 2nd Street Building
(Turner Construction Company)

• Transbay Transit Center
(Turner Construction Company)

• 350 Mission Street Building
(Webcor Builders)

• One Rincon Hill Condo Building
Webcor Builders

The group was also able to take advantage of some sightseeing while in the city and were able to view the following:
Golden Gate Bridge
China Town
Lombard Street – “Crookedest Street in the World”
Pier 39
Fisherman’s Warf
AT&T Park – San Francisco Giants Stadium
Golden State Warriors – NBA Basketball (Oakland)
Union Square
San Francisco Opera House

A special thanks to Tom Tripp, project executive at Turner Construction’s Oakland office, and Webcor Builders for arranging the site visits.

Matt Perry
Reid Curtis
Andrew Hicks
Joseph Witherspoon
Cameron Robulack
Sam Hand
Trey East
John William White
Devin Compher
Blane Sellers
Brice Marks
Hamilton Lundsford
Eric Hillman
Josh Stevens
Taylor Britt
Dmitry Lipsky
Adam Tucker
Willie Wilson
Josh Moore
Josh Rushing
Wallace Harvey

Check out the photos below by Dmitry Lipsky:

Spring Collaborative Studio holds midterm review

March 6th, 2014 Comments Off

Photo by Alexis Gregory

Photo by Alexis Gregory

By Alexis Gregory

The Third-Year Collaborative Studio conducted their midterm presentation on the design of a new fire station in Caledonia for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department on Wed., March 5, in the Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall.

Twelve student teams composed of students from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program presented their work to a collection of volunteer fire fighters, professional architects, professional constructors and faculty from both departments.

Guest reviewers included John Beard and Dale Riser from Beard + Riser Architects in Greenwood; Ryan Florreich from JBHM Architects PA in Jackson;  Michael Grote from the MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; Dan Whatley, construction administrator at MSU; and Tim Younger and Sammy Fondren from the Lowndes County Fire Service.

The Third-Year Collaborative Studio will present their final work on Wed., April 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Giles Hall Gallery.

Dr. Jason Brown to speak as part of the High Performance Construction Speaker Series

February 20th, 2014 Comments Off

Jason Brown, Ph.D. and assistant professor in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech, will present “Supporting Design Decisions under Uncertainty” on March 6.

The presentation, which is part of the High Performance Construction Speaker Series, will begin at  3 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.
The event is free and open to all MSU faculty and students.

View the flyer here for more information.

For questions, contact Masoud Gheisari, Ph.D. and assistant professor in Building Construction Science,  at 662-325-2508 or mgheisari@caad.msstate.edu.

CAAD holds Academic Insight event

February 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Before the breakout sessions, guests had a chance to visit with representatives from the college at a department fair. (Photo by Dmitry Lipsky)

Before the breakout sessions, guests had a chance to visit with representatives from the college at a department fair. (Photo by Dmitry Lipsky)

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the second time the college has held the event, and 98 guests attended.

The event 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.

BCS students worked on an activity before having time to quiz current students about the program and MSU.

Architecture, building construction science professors receive grant from A+CA

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off

Architecture Assistant Professors Hans C. Herrmann and Emily M. McGlohn and Building Construction Science Assistant Professor Michele M. Herrmann were recently awarded a grant from the Architecture + Construction Alliance (A+CA) for their proposal titled “Integrated Project Delivery Theater: A Symposium Designed to Facilitate Learning from Experts.”

In response to a request from the A+CA Board of Directors for proposals that address collaborative teaching/learning between architecture and building construction programs, professors Hans Herrmann, Michele Herrmann and McGlohn’s winning proposal centers on a symposium at which industry professionals experienced in Integrated Project Delivery discuss and demonstrate collaboration. Students will gain an understanding of the individual’s role in the larger effort of Integrated Project Delivery.

Collaborative studio ends semester with ribbon cutting ceremony

December 11th, 2013 Comments Off

Philadelphia bus shelter and students

Philadelphia bus shelter and students with MS Band of Choctaw Indian Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. Steve Murray, planner for the MS Band of Choctaw Indians, said the design has been well-received. “It looks like it’s got elements of the Choctaw culture,” he said, adding that the design looks like a basket.

Tucker bus shelter and students

Tucker bus shelter and students

Second-year building construction science and architecture students have been working together this semester in a collaborative studio with Professors Lee Carson, Alexis Gregory, Hans Herrmann, Emily McGlohn (all architecture) and Tom Leathem (building construction science).

Throughout the semester, the students researched, designed and constructed two bus shelters for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

On Dec. 2, students and faculty from the Collaborative Studio celebrated at the two locations at Pearl River and Tucker.

The group was joined by first-year architecture and building constructions science students and faculty; Dean Jim West; Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture; and Dr. David C. Lewis, director of the Building Construction Science Program. Also present were Steve Murray, planner with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians;  the Tribal Council and other representatives; and Chief Phyliss J. Anderson.

Anderson welcomed and briefly addressed the group before the ribbon cutting.

“It’s always a blessing to have a relationship with the institute of education,” she said, adding that the bus shelter project is something that the students should be very proud of.

The chief then presented College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West with a handmade basket.

West thanked Anderson and said the on-going partnership has been a win/win for the college, and he explained some of the other projects the college has worked on with the MS Band of Choctaw Indians.

The first project was in 2009 when the college’s Carl Small Town Center assisted the tribe in preparing a Transit Plan with funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Tribal Transit Program.  The study was used to support several projects, including the new Transit Maintenance Center, which was recently completed.

Herrmann’s class constructed the first bus stop for Bogue Chitto a few years ago, and this year, two more bus stops were designed and built by the Collaborative Studio for Pearl River and Tucker. There are plans for more bus stops to be built for the community next year.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air to have young people come in and work with us,” said Murray. “They’ve thought about ideas we hadn’t thought about.”

Watch the video from the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Check out the video about the class created by MSU student Nikki Arellana for a TV Production course.

Working on the shelters:

Read more about the Collaborative Studio here.


BCS Advisory Council meets in Starkville

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off

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The fall meeting for the Building Construction Science Advisory Council was held on Nov. 8 in Starkville.

The Council met to discuss issues within the program and the construction industry and then were able to tour the new renovations in Howell Building after lunch.

Upchurch Plumbing representatives visit BCS studio

November 18th, 2013 Comments Off

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On Friday, Nov. 15, representatives from Upchurch Plumbing Inc. visited Michele Herrmann’s Studio V class.

Mike Upchurch, Scott Upchurch and Eugene Allen spoke to the students about mechanical and plumbing estimating.

They shared examples of techniques they use to compile a bid and demonstrated some of the software they use in their estimating process.

At the conclusion, they shared career planning advice with the seniors.