Building construction science majors receive scholarships, awards

May 20th, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science majors receive scholarships, awards

Mississippi State students from Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas are receiving 2016-17 building construction science scholarships.

Building construction science is a major academic offering of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Also one of only two such studio-based programs in the U.S., its interdisciplinary curriculum in business, engineering and construction science prepares MSU graduates for careers in construction or construction-related fields.

This year’s group includes (by hometown):

BRANDON—Senior Jackson Parker, receiving the Student of the Year Award for having his class’s highest 2015 fall-semester GPA. The son of Lloyd and Denise Parker and a Northwest Rankin High School graduate, he is a two-time recipient of the award.

COLUMBIA, Tennessee—Incoming freshman Victoria A. Thompson, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship. She is the daughter of David Thompson and Julie Thompson and a Battle Ground Academy graduate.

DECATUR, Alabama—Incoming freshman Jalyn R. Wallin, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. She is the daughter of Richard and Lorraine Wallin and an Austin High School graduate.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Junior Owen A. McVitty, receiving a $500 Brasfield and Gorrie Building Construction Science Scholarship. He is the son of Jim and Alicia McVitty and a Centennial High School graduate.

FULTON—Senior Tanner C. Wallace, receiving a Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA in his class. The son of Ted and Carol Wallace, he is a two-time recipient of the award and an Itawamba County Agricultural High School/Itawamba Community College graduate.

GULFPORT—Incoming freshman Derricka E. S. S. Grayer, receiving a $10,000 Yates Construction Company Annual Scholarship. She is the daughter of Derrick and Gloria Grayer and a Gulfport High School graduate.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Incoming freshman Samuel D. Akers, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship. He is the son of Tony and Debbi Akers and a Buckhorn High School graduate.

KENNESAW, Georgia—Sophomore John J. Rowan, receiving the Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA for his class. He is the son of Michael Rowan and a Mount Paran Christian School graduate.

KITTY LAKE, Alaska—Junior Cora N. Howell, receiving a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship. She is the homeschooled daughter of Jamie and Kecia Howell.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Junior Jonathan L. “Jon Luke” Cave, the son of Richard and Rene Cave, an Evangelical Christian School graduate and the recipient of a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship; and senior Webb Emerson, the son of Jeffrey and Sherry Emerson, a Christian Brothers High School graduate and recipient of the program’s top award, the Director’s Medallion.

Cave also is a two-time recipient of the Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA in his class.

MOORESTOWN, New Jersey—Incoming freshman Jeffrey F. Hubler, receiving a $750 Chip and Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of Wayne Hubler and Jacquelyn Ott and a Moorestown High School graduate.

SCOTTSBORO, Alabama—Junior Benjamin J. “Ben” Chubb, receiving a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship. The son of Marco Chubb, he is a Scottsboro High School graduate and two-time recipient of the scholarship.

SLIDELL, Louisiana—Junior Regan E. Horn, receiving a $1,000 Abbey Burnett Bridges Endowed Scholarship. She is the daughter of Craig and Lisa Horn and a Northshore High School graduate.

SMYRNA, Tennessee—Incoming freshman Hunter E. Bullock, receiving a $1,000 Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship. He is the son of Scott and Shelley Bullock and a Stewarts Creek High School graduate.

VESTAVIA, Alabama—Incoming freshman William S. Brooks, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of Todd Brooks and Rachel Brooks and a Vestavia Hills High School graduate.

WACO, Texas—Incoming freshman Christopher D. Sharp, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of David and Jane Sharp and a Reicher Catholic High School graduate.

Read the story at msstate.edu.

Construction association honors MSU’s Leathem

May 16th, 2016 Comments Off on Construction association honors MSU’s Leathem

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A faculty member in Mississippi State’s building construction science program is receiving a major recognition for helping develop and advance construction education.

Assistant professor Thomas M. “Tom” Leathem is the Associated Schools of Construction’s 2016 selection for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Representing more than 100 member schools spread among seven U.S. and two international regions, the Colorado-based organization works to advance efforts of academic and industry professionals in institutional construction education. For more, visit www.ascweb.org.

Building construction science is a major academic offering of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. It also is one of only two such studio-based programs in the U.S.

Leathem is an industrial technology/construction management graduate of Western Illinois University who worked for more than a decade in Chicago construction management positions. He came to MSU in 2012.

In addition to a master’s degree in design/build from Auburn University—where he was an adjunct professor—Leathem holds certified professional constructor designation from the American Institute of Constructors. For more biographical information, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/bcs/bcsdirectory

“It was especially humbling to be recognized for my teaching efforts because the Associated Schools of Construction is the preeminent association for construction management education,” he said.

“I am grateful that I was able to represent the building construction science program, College of Architecture, Art and Design and Mississippi State University in such a positive way to ASC and my peers in construction education around the world,” he added.

Craig D. Capano, the college’s Roy Anderson Endowed Professor, directs the building construction science program. Leathem’s award is among the most coveted recognitions for higher education faculty members in the field, he said.

“We are honored and proud that one of our Mississippi State building construction science faculty members received this award,” Capano added. “Tom truly is deserving, and we are glad to see him rewarded for his efforts to be a great construction educator.”

Building Construction Science Program holds annual end-of-year banquet

May 9th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds annual end-of-year banquet

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Class of 2016: (Front, L to R): John Ford, Connor Goodson; (Second, L to R): Timothy Sullivan, Brent Gaude, Robby Keifer, Jackson Parker; (Back, L to R): Will Sparks, Evan Fuller, Webb Emerson, Kyle Alford

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The annual 2016 Awards and Recognition Banquet for the Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Program was held on May 6 at the Ritz Theater & Conference Center in West Point.

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

The following students and faculty were recognized at the event:

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

BCS Awards 2016_28First Year – John Rowan

BCS Awards 2016_57Second Year – Jon Luke Cave (second-time recipient)

BCS Awards 2016_56Third Year – Tanner Wallace (second-time recipient)

BCS Awards 2016_55Fourth Year – Jackson Parker (second-time recipient)

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.

BCS Awards 2016_582016 recipient: Joseph “Webb” Emerson

BCS Awards 2016_40Faculty Teaching Award – Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann, Esq.

BCS Awards 2016_39Faculty Service Award – Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff

2015-2016 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

BCS Awards 2016_43Thanks to Laura Mitchell for organizing this special event!

(See all the photos from the event below:)

BCS seniors present final project

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS seniors present final project

(Photos by Marissa Landon)

Building Construction Science students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s senior studio presented their final projects on April 27.

For the project, students prepared cost estimates, schedules, three-dimensional site utilization plans and stormwater pollution prevention plans for a three-story assisted living facility. They also evaluated hypothetical subcontractor bids and assessed real-world business decisions such as whether to work overtime to complete the project on time, versus finishing the project after the scheduled completion date.

Ches Fedrick, a senior project manager at Innovative Construction Management, and Preston Clowney, a project manager at Yates Construction, provided the students with feedback about their projects.

BCS featured as State Spotlight

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS featured as State Spotlight

Building Construction Science students building walls in studio class: Evan Hodges (ech232) in purple shirt, Jeffrey Bassett (jhb351) in vest with orange bands), and Austin Rennie (amr883) in light green shirt. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Shoring Up the Semester

Sophomore building construction science majors (l-r) Evan Hodges from Slidell, Louisiana, Jeffrey Bassett from Long Beach and Austin Rennie from Fayetteville, Tennessee, wrap up their semester coursework at Howell Hall by building walls as part of a studio class assignment.

Building construction science students go on field trip to Memphis

April 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science students go on field trip to Memphis

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Flintco Construction in Memphis recently sponsored a day-long trip for students in the first and second-year Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Studios.

Approximately 50 students – along with Roy Anderson Professor and Director Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC; Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff; and Lee Carson, lecturer – spent the day in Memphis.

The group visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Multidisciplinary Simulation Center and Good Manufacturing Process Facility), Flintco’s office and The Guest House at Graceland.

View the project information sheets here for more details about what the site visits.

NYC construction authority discusses modular construction advantages at MSU

April 8th, 2016 Comments Off on NYC construction authority discusses modular construction advantages at MSU

His first time to the state of Mississippi, Erik Antokal, director of strategic initiatives for FC Modular LLC, presented “High Rise Modular: New Frontiers of Scale in Offsite Construction” at 2 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harris Auditorium on Thurs., April 7.

FC Modular, a startup company located in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the only American company currently specializing in high-rise modular buildings.

Antokal began by explaining the benefits of modular construction.

“Land, labor and materials are cost drivers in construction and are unpredictable. Modular systems solve that problem,” he said, explaining that with modular construction, you can predict costs and time and pre-build. “Beat the market, essentially,” he added.

Referring to the process as “concurrent construction,” Antokal explained that one of the many benefits of modular construction is saving time; FC Modular is able to work in their factory building modules at the same time the general contractor is working on site on the excavation and foundation.

Antokal also said modular construction is better for workers, who are able to go to the same job site each day and work indoors in a safer environment. He explained that much of the “heavy lifting and moving” is done at night when less workers are present, which is more efficient and safer.

The presentation wrapped up with discussion about FC Modular’s current project, which, when complete, will be the world’s tallest modular high-rise building at 32 floors and 322 feet tall. Located at 461 Dean Street, the building includes 363 rental units and is entirely modular space – even the elevator shafts. Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, construction is expected to be completed soon.

A Tufts University graduate, Antokal oversees the company’s external communications and internal investments. He previously was the company’s workforce and partnerships manager and, prior to that, commercial revitalization program manager with NYC’s Small Business Services Department.

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. For more, visit caad.msstate.edufacebook.com/CAADatMSUtwitter.com/CAADatMSU
and tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

Information on the BCS program is found at facebook.com/MississippiStateBuildingConstructionScience.

For more about FC Modular, see www.fcmodular.com or twitter.com/FCModular. Also, be sure to watch the video showcasing modular construction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKqrzM46Dag

Modular construction authority visiting MSU next week

March 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Modular construction authority visiting MSU next week

During an April 7 MSU visit, Erik Antokal will discuss his New York company’s construction of the world’s tallest modular high-rise building. He is director of strategic initiatives at FC Modular LLC. (Photo via Antokal)

During an April 7 MSU visit, Erik Antokal will discuss his New York company’s construction of the world’s tallest modular high-rise building. He is director of strategic initiatives at FC Modular LLC. (Photo via Antokal)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A top administrator of a New York City high-rise modular construction company will speak Thursday [April 7] at Mississippi State.

Erik Antokal’s campus visit is sponsored by the university’s Building Construction Science Program in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Open to all, his presentation titled “High Rise Modular: New Frontiers of Scale in Offsite Construction” begins at 2 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harris Auditorium.

Antokal is Director of Strategic Initiatives for FC Modular LLC that currently is building a Brooklyn apartment complex which, when complete, will be the world’s tallest modular high-rise. For more, see www.fcmodular.com or twitter.com/FCModular.

A Tufts University graduate, Antokal oversees the company’s external communications and internal investments. He previously was the company’s Workforce and Partnerships Manager and, prior to that, Commercial Revitalization Program Manager with NYC’s Small Business Services Department.

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. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edufacebook.com/CAADatMSU, twitter.com/CAADatMSU and http://tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

Information on the BCS program is found at facebook.com/MississippiStateBuildingConstructionScience.

For more information about Antokal’s program and visit, contact BCS Program Director Craig Capano, also the college’s Roy Anderson Endowed Professor, at 662-325-0732 or ccapano@caad.msstate.edu.

Giles Hall, home of the college and School of Architecture, is located at the intersection of College View Drive and Barr Avenue.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

BCS holds second annual Career and Construction Classic

March 24th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS holds second annual Career and Construction Classic

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

The 2016 Career and Construction Classic began with a student competition on Wed., March 9. The Industry Advisory Board held their spring meeting on Thurs., March 10. Later that day, the program held a career fair followed by a crawfish boil and awards banquet, and the event concluded with a pool tournament (due to inclement weather) on Friday.

BCS would like to thank the sponsors and participants for their support.

A special thanks to the following companies:
Adams Construction Company
Brasfield & Gorrie
Century Construction
C Sharp Construction
Doster Construction Company
Garney Construction
Graham Roofing
Hoar Construction
ICM Construction Management & Consulting
JESCO
The Lemoine Company
Linkous Construction
Performance Contractors
R.C. Construction
Robins & Morton
The Ross Group
Roy Anderson Corporation
Stanley Black & Decker (Howard Lewis)
Turner Construction Company
Yates Construction

BCS also extends its gratitude toThe Lemoine Company for organizing the BCS Student Competition on Wednesday.

Career Fair:

Crawfish Boil:

Pool Tournament:

(Photos by Marissa Landon)

BCS featured on WTVA News

March 11th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS featured on WTVA News

Construction industry rebounding, recruiting new workers

By Gabe Austin | WTVA

People in the construction industry say their business was not in a good place a couple of years ago due to the Great Recession.

Now, that has changed, which is good for college students who’ll soon be entering the workforce looking for jobs in the construction industry.

“We’ve seen a lot more work and good work,” said Roy Anderson Corp’s Chris Gray.

 Gray says the last two or three years had been rough for the construction industry here in the Magnolia State, but things are looking better.

“It’s not like where it in the past two or three years were the jobs were scarce,” said Gray.

Now, construction companies need to fill those jobs.

And that’s why Gray and others were at a career fair Thursday at Mississippi State University representing their companies.

“We are, everybody I think, most general contractors and our specialty contractors are looking to hire entry level people and start building back our ranks,” said Gray.

For college students, like Regan Horn, in Mississippi State’s Building Construction Science program, this is good news.

“It just really motivates us to worker harder in what we’re doing and trying to become better students and better workers when we join the workforce,” said Horn.

And for companies at the Building Construction Science’s second annual job fair, it’ll be these same college students they’ll soon be depending on.

“We think the Millennials can bring a whole new perspective to what we do, and really adapt technologies especially on how we can become more effective and efficient,” said The Lemoine Company’s Ruby Comeaux.