Building construction science student featured on university website

February 3rd, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science student featured on university website

See the story at msstate.edu 

Trey Brunson - Building Construction Science student - Our People environmental portrait  (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Trey Brunson – Building Construction Science student – Our People environmental portrait
(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Trey Brunson

Building is a way of life for senior Stephen D. “Trey” Brunson. Likely, it always will be.

A double-major in building construction science and business administration, he already has accepted a job as a project engineer with an Indianapolis, Indiana-based renewable energy company–one that specializes in wind and solar farms, as well as power-plant retrofitting. He begins work in June, not long after May graduation.

“I enjoy solving large problems and being involved with seeing large projects to fruition,” the Collierville, Tennessee, resident said. “I would like to one day have a firm of my own where I can help the next generation with the aspects of renewable energy.”

As the son of two Mississippi State alumni, Brunson said he never wavered on whether to continue the family’s Bulldog tradition.

Though arriving in Starkville as an agriculture major, he changed late in his freshman year to building construction science in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The decision to add a business administration major came during his junior year so he could “better understand the money side” of project management.

Outside of class, Brunson may work as much as 10 hours a week as BCS’s shop manager, essentially overseeing laboratory work by younger undergraduates in the program. He’s also a strong advocate for what he considers the “best up and coming major at MSU.” As a member of the College of Architecture, Art and Design Ambassadors, he helps introduce it to new enrollees while also communicating with parents of prospective students about the major’s career prospects and value.

“I fell in love with it, and I will always do what I can to advocate for the program,” Brunson said. “It’s a hands-on approach to building project management.

“Honestly, I don’t think I can see myself doing anything else.”

Building construction science Studio A has busy first semester

December 15th, 2015 Comments Off on Building construction science Studio A has busy first semester

The fall 2015 first-year building construction science studio (Studio A) – taught by Roy Anderson Professor and BCS director Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC, and David Beatty – had a busy semester.

2

(All photos submitted by Craig Capano)

1

Representatives from Yates Construction came to the studio for a guest lecture.

4 3

The group was treated to a tour of the residence hall construction project on campus by Yates Construction. The company is ranked among the top construction services providers in the country by Engineering News Record.

5

Students were treated to a tour of a current residential project by instructor Lee Carson.

9

Columbus Brick Company allowed the group to visit and tour their brick facilities. The company distributes brick in more than eighteen states!

7 8 6

Students planned, prefabricated and built a tool shed for the new Construction Training Research Lab (CTRL), which was officially dedicated this semester. (Read the story and see photos here).

10

At the end of the semester, the students practiced their masonry skills building walls.

Capano has more big plans for this studio in the spring, including plans to build mock-up steel and concrete systems and a potential site visit to Memphis.

“We continue to involve the students with the construction industry and hands-on projects,” he added.

BCS, civil engineering students participate in ASC student competition

November 4th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS, civil engineering students participate in ASC student competition

Team members for the Commercial Division were Kyle Alford (Senior), Michael Carraway (Senior), Webb Emerson (Senior), C.J. Grish (Senior), Blake Jierski (Senior), and Tim Sullivan (Senior) Coach: Roy Anderson Professor and BCS Director Craig Capano

Team members for the Commercial Building division were Kyle Alford (Senior), Michael Carraway (Senior), Webb Emerson (Senior), C.J. Grish (Senior), Blake Jierski (Senior), and Tim Sullivan (Senior) Coach: Roy Anderson Professor and BCS Director Craig Capano

Team members for the Heavy/Civil Division were Graham Burns (Sophomore), Elton Douthit (Freshman), John Ford (Senior), Josh Hill (Sophomore), Tom Paduch (Sophomore)  Coach Assistant Professor Tom Leathem

Team members for the Heavy/Civil Division were Graham Burns (Sophomore), Elton Douthit (Freshman), John Ford (Senior), Josh Hill (Sophomore), Tom Paduch (Sophomore) Coach Assistant Professor Tom Leathem

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 Greensboro, N.C., from Oct. 28-30. The event was co-sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.

Ten students from the BCS Program and one student from MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering competed in the Commercial Building and Heavy/Civil divisions of the student competition.

The Commercial Building competition pitted eight regional teams against each other. MSU had a strong showing, but Virginia Tech and Clemson University won in the end. The competition – conducted by Holder Construction, a major commercial contracting corporation – required the teams to prepare a construction plan, estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, key issue analysis proposal and formal presentation to the clients. The students were sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents given to them at the start of competition. The proposed project was an 18-story office building with the first six stories being parking, constructed in Atlanta, Ga., with an estimated cost of $77 million.

The Heavy/Civil portion of the competition consisted of seven regional teams. MSU had another strong performance, but Auburn University and UNC Charlotte were at the top. The competition – conducted by Kiewit Construction, a major heavy/civil contracting corporation – required the teams to prepare a construction plan, hoisting plan, estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, traffic plan and formal presentation to the clients. The students were also sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents given to them at the start of competition. The proposed project was the replacement of a two-lane bridge and pedestrian walk in Hilton Head, N.C.

Students utilized all their training in construction, engineering, presentation and group projects to enable them to fulfill the requirements in the allotted time. The judges were representatives of the actual project and posed some difficult questions to the teams.

The Building Construction Science Program, the only one in the country that requires collaborative studio experience for both BCS and Architecture students, joined the College of Architecture, Art and Design in 2007 with its first graduating class in 2011.

Building Construction Science professor receives Regional Excellence Teaching Award

November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Building Construction Science professor receives Regional Excellence Teaching Award

Leathem_Tom_20141014_R3H6745~tml244 copy

Tom Leathem

Tom Leathem, assistant professor in the Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State University, was selected by Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) members to receive the Regional Excellence Teaching Award at the ASC Region II Conference and Student Competitions held in Greensboro, N.C., from October 28-30.

This annual award is given for a faculty member’s contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, dedication to the construction profession, and any initial services provided to the international Associated Schools of Construction.

Leathem is now up for the National Excellence Teaching Award, which will be decided at the ASC International Conference in Provo, Utah, the last week of April 2016.

Building Construction Science students visit companies, tour Texas A&M program

October 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Building Construction Science students visit companies, tour Texas A&M program

Kyle Field 1

(Trip photos via Matt Bowen)

The third-year BCS studio taught by Assistant Professor Mike Duff recently went on a six-day field trip to College Station, Texas.

During the trip, students were able to visit with the following companies:

  • EMJ Corporation

  • Baker Triangle Prefab facility

  • Eddie Trejo of Polk Mechanical

  • Pulte Group
  • Trammell Crow Residential

  • Fluor Project Controls Group
  • Jacob Metcalf, Performance Contractors
  • Webber Construction


The group also met with faculty and students at the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science and were treated to a tour of the facilities and joined in the Midnight Yell at Kyle Field. They also had great seats for the Texas A&M vs. MSU football game at Kyle Field.

Matt Bowen, a third-year student, said the trip was very beneficial to his studies.

“It really opened all our eyes to all kinds of opportunities in so many different industries and showed us how they all operate,” he said. “I know for me it really gave me exclusive insight as to what kind of industry I would like to go into after graduation. Professor Duff really knocked it out of the park on this trip. I was absolutely blown away at all the different companies and knowing how to look for what I want in working for a company.”


When the students returned, they presented what they learned.

See the group’s powerpoint presentation below:

Fall Collaborative Studio featured as ‘State Spotlight’

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Fall Collaborative Studio featured as ‘State Spotlight’

The Fall Collaborative Studio is currently featured as the State Spotlight on the university’s website!

Mississippi State sophomore architecture majors Amanda C. Kotecki of Arlington, Tennessee, front, and Hannah I. Hebinck of Madison, Alabama, put the finishing touches on the demonstration garden pavilion they and more than 60 architecture and building construction science students are constructing behind the university's Landscape Architecture facility. As part of the collaborative studio course in which they are enrolled, the students met last week to complete the final building component of the fall term. The rest of the semester, they will use the same set of materials to design a hypothetical Japanese tea house. (Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Mississippi State sophomore architecture majors Amanda C. Kotecki of Arlington, Tennessee, front, and Hannah I. Hebinck of Madison, Alabama, put the finishing touches on the demonstration garden pavilion they and more than 60 architecture and building construction science students are constructing behind the university’s Landscape Architecture facility. As part of the collaborative studio course in which they are enrolled, the students met last week to complete the final building component of the fall term. The rest of the semester, they will use the same set of materials to design a hypothetical Japanese tea house. (Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Building construction science program holds CTRL ribbon cutting

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Building construction science program holds CTRL ribbon cutting

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State officials, students, faculty and staff gathered today [Oct. 23] to celebrate the university building construction science program’s new Construction Training and Research Laboratory.

Located behind Howell Hall, the CTRL consists of a TechSuite office and KNAACK DataVault™ with the latest construction site technology from companies including Hewlett-Packard, EarthCam, Samsung and CyberPower, among others. Other features include a work yard and equipment venue for the BCS program.

“Our building construction science program is becoming more and more popular, and we now have this wonderful teaching and research laboratory for our students to be able to enjoy,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.

“We absolutely understand the importance of having well-trained leaders in this profession. What sets us apart as a university is that we provide real-world opportunities, so that our students can be successful,” Keenum added.

Other distinguished guests included MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert; Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design; Joel A. “Tony” Carroll of Tupelo, a 1975 MSU industrial arts education graduate, CAAD Alumni Fellow and BCS Industry Advisory Council chair who now serves as vice president and construction manager of Sanderson Construction Co. Inc.; and Ron Perkins, president of Jobsite Tech Group.

In addition to Jobsite Tech Group, sponsor representatives from Williams Scotsman, KNAACK, EarthCam: The Webcam Technology Experts, and Mississippi Construction Education Foundation also were in attendance.

West said the university’s BCS program is “cutting-edge in both its studio teaching pedagogy and its collaborative integration with the university’s architecture program.”

“I think this facility is going to serve our students very well, and I thank the BCS faculty, students and Industry Advisory Council, as well as the university administration, for working toward this day,” West added.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s building construction science program is one of only two studio-based construction programs in the U.S.

BCS Industry Advisory Board meets

October 26th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS Industry Advisory Board meets

The Building Construction Science Program Industry Advisory Board met on Oct. 23 in the new Construction Training Research Laboratory before a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held.

Located behind Howell Hall, the CTRL consists of a TechSuite office and KNAACK DataVault™ with the latest construction site technology from companies including Hewlett-Packard, EarthCam, Samsung and CyberPower, among others. Other features include a work yard and equipment venue for the BCS program.

Building Construction Science Program holds career fair

October 23rd, 2015 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds career fair

The Building Construction Science Program hosted a career fair in Howell Building on Oct. 22 from 2-6 p.m.

Companies represented included:

  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • The Ross Group
  • Lemoine
  • Robins & Mortin
  • Hoar
  • Century Construction
  • Flintco
  • Montgomery Martin
  • Kiewit
  • Upchurch Companies
  • Jesco
  • Craft-Croswell
  • Fransen Pittman
  • C-Sharpe
  • Graham Roofing
  • Yates
  • Linkous Construction

Another fair is planned for the spring as part of the annual ‘Career and Building Construction Classic,’ which is set for March 10-March 11, 2016.

For more information, please contact Laura Mitchell at 662-325-8310 or lmitchell@caad.msstate.edu. Download the brochure.

Tony Carroll selected as CAAD 2015 Alumni Fellow

October 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Tony Carroll selected as CAAD 2015 Alumni Fellow

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Tony Carroll accepts his award from CAAD Dean Jim West (photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Via msstate.edu

Residents of the Magnolia State, as well as Georgia and Ohio, make up Mississippi State 2015 class of Alumni Fellows.

Representing each of the university’s academic colleges, the nine individuals honored for distinguished service and achievements in their professional careers return to campus Thursday [Oct. 22] to spend three days with students, faculty and staff members.

Established more than a quarter-century ago, the MSU Alumni Association program serves to expose current students and others to the 137-year-old land-grant institution’s most outstanding graduates. While back on campus, those selected share their accumulated knowledge and experiences in a series of classroom presentations and informal gatherings.

“We are proud to continue this tradition of bringing high-caliber alumni back to campus as role models for our students and for our faculty,” said Jeff Davis, the association’s executive director. “Each individual alumni fellow brings a wealth of experience in his or her field to share with students and faculty across the university.”

Fellows, who carry the title for life, are among the university’s more than 132,000 living graduates currently residing at locations around the globe.

Carroll_Tony-IA_alum_2015College of Architecture, Art and Design

Joel A. “Tony” Carroll
Joel A. “Tony” Carroll of Tupelo, a 1975 industrial arts education graduate who now is vice president and construction manager of Sanderson Construction Co. Inc. In addition to being honored as Mississippi’s Construction Man of the Year, he is a former president of the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors.

Read the story in Alumnus | Fall 2015.