Building Construction Science holds 2018 spring career fair

February 9th, 2018 Comments Off on Building Construction Science holds 2018 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 spring 2018 event began at noon on Thurs., Feb. 2 with a lunch and presentation for representatives in the Hunter Henry Center. 

The fair portion began at 2 p.m. and was in the program studios in Howell Building.

The following companies participated:

  • American Glass Company Inc.
  • Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
  • Caddell Construction Co. (DE) LLC
  • Century Construction Group
  • Doster Construction Company Inc.
  • Flintco LLC
  • Fransen Pittman General Contractors
  • Garney Construction
  • Graham Roofing Inc.
  • Hoar Construction
  • Linkous Construction
  • Turner 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.

For more information about participating in a future career fair, contact Windie Jenkins at bcsadmin@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-8305.

Building Construction Science Program holds spring Industry Advisory Board Meeting

February 7th, 2018 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds spring Industry Advisory Board Meeting

The Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Industry Advisory Board met on Thurs., Feb. 1 in the Hunter Henry center for its spring meeting.

2018 Chairman Robert Robison, Brasfield and Gorrie, led the meeting, which – in addition to board members – included Interim BCS Director Greg Hall; College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West; and BCS faculty, staff and students.

 

 

MSU Building Construction Science Program to host 2018 Spring Career Fair

January 3rd, 2018 Comments Off on MSU Building Construction Science Program to host 2018 Spring Career Fair

Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science (BCS) Program will hold its 2018 Spring Career Fair on Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018.

The BCS program’s biannual career fair provides an opportunity for construction companies across the U.S. to meet with upcoming graduates and students of MSU’s Building Construction Science Program. Students from all years in the BCS Program are interested in meeting with employers to discuss full-time job opportunities as well as semester and summer internships and co-ops.

MSU Building Construction Science (BCS) Program 2018 Spring Career Fair:

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Thursday, February 1, 2018
1-6 p.m.
Howell Building, 823 Collegeview St.
Single booths are $400 each (includes one 6-foot table, two chairs, and lunch)
Double booths are $600 (includes two 6-foot tables, four chairs, and lunch)

If you require an electrical outlet for your display, please note it on the registration form and bring an extension cord. WiFi is available at no charge.

Interview space is available on Fri., Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. – noon. Please indicate your need on the form if you would like to conduct interviews during this time.

To register and reserve a table, fill out the form here.

Please contact Windie Jenkins, administrative assistant, at bcsadmin@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-8305 with questions.

Funds raised through the BCS Career Fair allow the program to enhance technology resources and support opportunities for students. Support will go toward a variety of academic and professional events – including field trips and competitions – which reinforce the studio experience.

 

First-year building construction science students present tiny house frames

November 30th, 2017 Comments Off on First-year building construction science students present tiny house frames

First-year building construction science students – led by Assistant Professor Lee Carson and College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West – spent the semester working on several projects that prepared them and led up to the design and construction of two tiny house frames, one steel and one wood.

The students presented their work in front of classmates and several invited guests, including MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner, on Wed., Nov. 29.

When constructing the concrete foundation for both tiny houses, students learned in a hands-on manner about the nature of concrete, foundation systems, construction drawings and a quantity take off. 

The structural frames portion of the project taught them about the properties of steel and wood structural frames, framing assembly techniques, job management, basic spatial layout designs and basic design decisions.

Important lessons were learned during the construction process about the value of working together as a team and communication.

Next semester, students will continue to learn about more of the construction process through further work on the tiny houses.

Watch the video with Assistant Professor Lee Carson explaining the projects:

Watch the video of two students explaining the steel frame construction process:

BCS hosts lecture on arbitration in the construction industry

November 20th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS hosts lecture on arbitration in the construction industry

By Regan Horn | BCS senior

Starting off a series of lectures for the Building Construction Science Program, George C. Martin Jr. (president, Construction Management Inc. of Virginia and partner, Martin Industrial Park Venture LLC) presented on the topic of arbitration on Oct. 27.

In his lecture titled, Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation in the Construction Industry, Martin discussed the other option of resolution in the industry.

Typically, BCS students do not learn about arbitration, mitigation and litigation until their senior year in the Professional Communication & Practice course; however, Martin’s lecture provided an insight into the world of dispute resolution for all BCS students.

Topics that were discussed during the lecture included what is arbitration, what are the benefits of arbitration and who is an arbitrator.

After the lecture, Martin was able to talk more with the seniors in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s fourth-year studio about more detailed information on arbitration.

Martin has more than 35 years’ experience as a construction management professional including general contracting, property development, construction management and construction consulting. His construction career began with work on projects as a carpenter during school breaks throughout high school and college. He entered general contracting following completing a degree in architecture from The Catholic University of America. Initially, he was involved in estimating tasks and had the opportunity to complete design work while also serving as a construction engineering officer with the West Virginia Air National Guard.

Martin has served as project manager on a wide variety of projects including shopping centers, churches, schools, industrial, multi-family housing, medical and institutional and government facilities. Following a period of greater responsibility for acquiring new work, he assumed presidency of a general contracting firm and founded a new entity specifically focused on construction management. While continuing to perform general contracting work, he directed the focus of the business towards construction management. He currently serves as both construction manager and construction consultant for a variety of clients including utility companies (Pepco – 20 years), surety, private owners and institutions. As both constructor and consultant, he was involved in numerous claims recovery, adversarial and mediation proceedings.

BCS 3213 class visits Starkville Electric Department Warehouse

November 18th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS 3213 class visits Starkville Electric Department Warehouse

Via Edward Kemp

The BCS 3213 class visited the Starkville Electric Department Warehouse on Nov. 16.

The group was led by Tommy Sullivan, manager of engineering and operations, and Jason Horner, systems engineer.

While visiting, the class discussed the Starkville Electric Department’s processes and the contractor’s responsibilities of installation and energizing an electric service to a building. The students were shown many different types of transformers, meters, cabling, insulators, switches, fuses and breakers that are typically utilized by a utility company for power distribution to customers.

The group also viewed the city’s primary substation and discussed its importance and function in the local power supply.

BCS students participate in ASC competition

November 16th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS students participate in ASC competition

By Regan Horn, BCS senior

Each year, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) hosts a competition that challenges students to prepare and present a proposal to a problem statement in less than 48 hours.

This year, the Building Construction Science Program helped prepare a competition team to compete in the Design Build category of the competition. The team consisted of Hunter Bullock (2nd year), Regan Horn (4th year), Cora Howell (4th year), Kacie Lynn James (2nd year), Robert Montoux (2nd year) and Harrison Walker (4th year). The faculty coaches were Visiting Associate Professor George Martin and Assistant Professor Saeed Rokooei. The Lemoine Company sponsored the teams for the second year.

The Region 2 competition was held Oct. 24-26 in Peachtree City, Ga.

The problem statement for the Design Build competition was to create a parking garage that could house 1,500 parking spots, a baseball and soccer field, as well as be created into a completely new building in 10-15 years. This year’s team presented a well thought-out and detailed plan of a mass timber parking garage, impressing the judges with the plan’s innovation. 

Each year, there is also an opportunity for younger students to participate in a shadow competition. They are given a similar but smaller project and asked to complete it in one working day. The only difference is the students are placed into groups with students from other universities. The Mississippi State students that participated as shadows were Tori Thompson, Jalyn Wallin, John McMahon, Chris Sharp and Bobby Fatherree. The shadow team that Tori Thompson was a part of placed first in the shadow competition.

BCS students follow condo construction progress

November 15th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS students follow condo construction progress

Via Edward Kemp

Building construction science students in Edward Kemp’s building systems course (BCS 3213) visited the Guest Drive condominium project site this week as a followup to their visit last month.

Students looked at construction progress related to the electrical, plumbing and water components of the project.

They were joined by Joyner Williams, chief building official for the city of Starkville. 

In addition to observing construction progress, Williams explained the building department review and inspection process in the city of Starkville.

 

 

Inside the Classroom: BCS 3213

November 3rd, 2017 Comments Off on Inside the Classroom: BCS 3213

Students in building systems (BCS 3213) led by Professor Edward Kemp recently worked on electrical wiring and wiring splices in class. See photos from the class below:

BCS class visits Starkville condominium project

October 24th, 2017 Comments Off on BCS class visits Starkville condominium project

Students from the Building Construction Science (BCS) program at Mississippi State University recently went on a site visit to observe electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for an eight-unit condominium project in Starkville.

Joyner Williams, chief building official for the city of Starkville, and representatives from Morgan Construction Company guided students through the project and discussed construction details with the students.

The group will visit the site again in a few weeks to see the construction progress.

The students are enrolled in a class on building systems (BCS 3213) led by Professor Edward Kemp that is part of the Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management at MSU.