MSU sophomore receives Associated Builders and Contractors scholarship

July 17th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU sophomore receives Associated Builders and Contractors scholarship

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A second-year student in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is receiving major recognition from the state’s most diverse construction trade association.

Jalyn R. Wallin of Double Springs, Alabama, is a 2017 selection for a $2,000 scholarship from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Mississippi Chapter, which annually provides scholarships to building construction students at Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

A sophomore building construction science major, Wallin is a member of the ABC Student Chapter at MSU.

Also a participant in the university’s Day One Leadership Program, Wallin helped this past fall with constructing benches, painting buildings and purchasing a fire pit for a local Boy Scout camp.

Outside of MSU, Wallin enjoys volunteering in the community with such organizations as Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots. Last summer, she assisted Habitat for Humanity with construction of a one-story residential facility and a separate storage shed.

Wallin also will be receiving a $1,000 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

“These scholarships mean a lot to me because I can help my parents pay for my college tuition, and helping pay for my tuition is getting me closer to reaching my academic goals,” she said.

As for her future goals, Wallin said she would like to own a construction company or work in a top position in the construction industry.

Founded in 1973, ABC Mississippi is positioned as one of the largest ABC chapters in the nation. Its membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is primarily comprised of firms that work in the industrial and commercial sectors. For more, visit

Offered by the College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State’s building construction science academic curriculum is one of only two such studio-based programs in the country. 

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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.


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


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

Recipient: Regan Horn


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


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)


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


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

Download the program.

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.

MSU Building Construction Science Advisory Board chairman named ‘CAAD Alumnus of the Year’

March 1st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Building Construction Science Advisory Board chairman named ‘CAAD Alumnus of the Year’

MSU President Mark E. Keenum (center) is flanked by National Alumnus Herb Johnson and Liz Rooks-Barber. Middle row (L-R): Toxey Haas, Sledge Taylor, Richard Rula and Barry Lipsky. Back row (L-R): Ron Black, national alumni president, Charles Nash, John Richards and Robert Filgo. (Photo via Mississippi State University)

From the time Mississippi State’s first three graduating classes began the university’s alumni association in 1885, many lives have been impacted through lasting connections among Bulldog faithful. Today, the MSU Alumni Association remains strong, spreading its impact throughout 101 chapters and clubs worldwide.

More than 137,000 living alumni share the same love and devotion as the inaugural group of graduates who founded the organization. In February, this loyalty and passion for Mississippi State were reignited during special ceremonies as more than 400 dedicated alumni and friends gathered for the annual awards banquet and leadership conference weekend. The Mill at Mississippi State University Conference Center provided an iconic backdrop as the MSU Alumni Association saluted some of its most outstanding alumni and chapters.

Honored during the February 3 banquet were the university’s 2017 National Alumnus, the college alumni-of-the-year group, the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year and the 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipients. The featured speaker for the evening was MSU President Mark E. Keenum, who also participated in the award presentations. Additionally, the 2016 outstanding alumni chapters were recognized.

The following day, Alumni National Board members gathered for their annual business meeting at the Hunter Henry Center, and alumni leaders from around the country attended a conference at The Mill. Participants heard informative presentations by many key university representatives, shared ideas and networked with other chapter leaders.

For a more detailed recap of events, including commemorative videos and photos, visit

For many alumni, the individual colleges in which they concentrated their studies hold strong connections for them. This year, an impressive slate of Bulldogs have been selected as Alumni of the Year honorees for MSU’s eight academic colleges.

CAAD Dean Jim West (left)
and Lipsky (photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Barry A. Lipsky of Bayport, New York, College of Architecture, Art and Design: Lipsky is president of Lipsky Enterprises Inc. and a 1976 industrial arts education graduate. He was an initial adviser for the university’s building construction science program and serves as chairman of the program’s industry advisory board. He is an academic adviser for both the School of Architecture at the New York State Institute of Technology and the High School Vocational Carpentry Programs of Long Island.

See all the Alumni of the Year in Alumnus magazine.

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.