BCS holds annual awards banquet

May 20th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS holds annual awards banquet

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Class of 2015: (front, left to right): Ross Ware, Kurt Reynolds, Kyle Smith, Lake Jackson, Donald Drummond, (second row, left to right): Garrett Little, Allie Salas, Savannah Harvey, Trey Brunson, Evan Willis (back, left to right): Phillip Vance, Bryan Marks, Gage Adkins, Taylor Johnson, Dalton McMillan, Kenan Hamilton; not pictured: Thomas Vinton, Frankie Jackson, Bill Plott

The annual 2015 Awards and Recognition Banquet for Building Construction Science was held on May 8 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, Brice Marks and Mike Upchurch.

The following students 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 Banquet 05082015_45First Year – Cora Howell and Jon Luke Cave
BCS Banquet 05082015_47Second Year – Owen Mcvitty (second-time recipient)

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Third Year – Tim Sullivan (third-time recipient)
BCS Banquet 05082015_48Fourth Year – Allie Salas (fourth-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 Banquet 05082015_492015 Recipient: Allie Salas

BCS Banquet 05082015_212015-2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship: $2,000
Collin Smith

MS Associated Builders & Contractors Scholarship: $1,000
Owen McVitty

Brislin, Inc. Annual Scholarship: $1,500
Robby Keifer
Benjamin Chubb

Chip & Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship: $1,000
Tanner Wallace

Thanks to Laura Mitchell for organizing this special event!

(See all the photos from the event below:)

BCS students participate in 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 19th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS students participate in 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Nearly two dozen students are being recognized at Mississippi State for successful faculty-guided research efforts during the concluding school year.

During the Undergraduate Research Symposium held Thursday [April 23] at the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, 23 undergraduates received awards for work conducted in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Projects submitted for the competition were assigned to one of four categories, including arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. In recognition of the university’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a community engagement and service learning track also was included for the third year.

A team of 55 campus faculty members representing a cross-section of academic areas served as judges for the competition.

Teams representing the College of Architecture, Art and Design included:

“Improving on Outreach Design”
Anna Barr (ARC)
Patrick Brown (ARC)
Lucas Posey (ARC)
(Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory)

“Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky”
Ashton Aime (ARC)
Edward Holmes (ARC)
Cody Smith (ARC)
(Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory)

“A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years”
Ria Bennett (ARC)
Bill Plott (BCS)
Cody Smith (ARC)
(Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn)

“Building Material Stewardship and Sustainable Practices | Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials”
Ryan Fierro (ARC)
(Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines)

“LEED Green Associate Online Training Course”
Frankie Jackson (BCS)
Thomas Vinton (BCS)
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Tom Leathem

BCS alumnus named Flintco Rookie of the Year

May 18th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS alumnus named Flintco Rookie of the Year

MEM - Joseph Witherspoon 2(Via Katie Williams, Flintco LLC)

Flintco LLC, one of the nation’s largest commercial contractors, recently named Mississippi State University Building Construction Science graduate Joe Witherspoon (Class of 2014) as its Rookie of the Year during their annual C.W. Flint Jr. awards. All winners were nominated by their peers and then selected by Flintco’s executive management team.

These internal company awards were created to recognize employees who stood out over the past year in areas such as management and leadership, safety, training and upholding the Flintco Ethos. The Rookie of Year award recognizes an individual who is committed to making Flintco a better a place through training, teamwork, work ethic and who is passionate about gaining a growing knowledge of our business.

Those who nominated Witherspoon said he “immediately picked up on all of the process that we have to do. He has shown excellent leadership qualities, went above and beyond whenever asked and a lot of the time when not asked. He has excellent potential for the field and has the Flintco-Made quality of a seasoned employee.”

Another fellow Flintco employee wrote, “Joe has shown that he means business, always wanting to learn and do more. He is an overachiever with ambitious aspirations to move up the ladder. He takes on any challenge with a positive attitude. Joe has very good verbal communication skills and technological skills.”

Mississippi State University should be proud of Witherspoon and his representation of its quality building construction science program.

Flintco was founded in 1908 in Tulsa, Okla. The company has since grown into one of the largest commercial contractors in the nation. Alberici Corporation acquired Flintco in 2013.  Flintco’s operating divisions provide a full range of services, including preconstruction, construction management, design-build, project and program management, as well as general contracting from six offices in: Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Tex.; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City; Springdale, Ark.; and Tulsa, Okla.  For more information, visit www.flintco.com or on Twitter @Flintco.

BCS seniors present final projects

May 1st, 2015 Comments Off on BCS seniors present final projects

Seniors in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s building construction science studio presented their final projects on April 29, 2015.

First-year BCS students present final projects

May 1st, 2015 Comments Off on First-year BCS students present final projects

Building Construction Science students in Lee Carson’s first-year studio were asked to apply what they had learned throughout their first year in the program for their final projects.

Students were split into five crews of four members each with the following structure:

  1. Team Captain: Coordinates/leads team, reports directly to professor
  2. Job Supervisor: Coordinates all aspects of schedule, cost and quality control
  3. Safety Manager/Inspector: Managers and enforces all safety aspects
  4. Planner/Designer/CAD: Coordinates drawings, design decisions and documentation

The five teams were then challenged to create five different wall sections (randomly selected): wood frame, steel frame, pre-cast concrete, masonry and a hybrid structure containing steel and concrete.

The wall sections had to include the following qualities:

  1. Must be able to protect the interior conditioned space from natural elements of heat/cold, water wind, sound, light and other.
  2. Must be structurally sound to resist natural forces such as wind and gravity
  3. Must be able to disassemble into individual pieces or into prefab components
  4. Will have a foundation/base
  5. Must have a complete floor system
  6. Must have a complete roof system
  7. Will have a window opening flashed, ready to receive a window

Students presented their wall structures and the process that went into the designing and building on April 29.

Students at work:

Final presentations:


Collaborative Studio presents final projects

April 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Collaborative Studio presents final projects

The Spring Collaborative Studio, which included third-year architecture and building construction science students and professors from both units, presented their final reviews on April 28, 2015 in Giles Hall.

For the project, the student teams designed a new fire station in Starkville for the Starkville Fire Department. The students have been working with their faculty, professional architects and professional constructors to develop the project.

Second-year BCS students present final projects

April 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Second-year BCS students present final projects

Students in Assistant Professor Masoud Gheisari’s second-year Building Construction Science Studio presented their final poster presentations on April 27, 2015.

Architecture, BCS students create tensile membrane structures

April 17th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture, BCS students create tensile membrane structures

Building construction science and architecture students designed and constructed tensile membrane structures (tailgating tents) as part of Associate Professor John Poros’s combined Structures II studio course.
The students tested their designs in The Junction and invited faculty and others to join them for an informal review.

Kenyan delegates visit Mississippi State

April 15th, 2015 Comments Off on Kenyan delegates visit Mississippi State

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A delegation from the Kenyan government came Mississippi to learn about construction practices and regulation.

Stephanie Sills Lee, executive director of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors, and Charles Sharman, division director, brought the group to tour Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design to learn how the Mississippi State Board of Contractors partners with construction education for the betterment of the industry.

The delegation had lunch with administration and faculty before touring the college’s Collaborative Studio, which combines architecture and building construction science students and faculty.

They also visited the Building Construction Science studios to see how the program is educating the leaders of the construction industry of tomorrow.

BCS seniors take San Francisco

April 13th, 2015 Comments Off on BCS seniors take San Francisco

From March 24-28, senior BCS students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s BCS 4126 travelled to San Francisco, Calif., for a field trip. While there, the students toured several sites:

  • 350 Mission Street is a LEED Platinum, 27-story high-rise being constructed by Webcor Builders. The design includes an interactive 50-foot public lobby and column-free floors. The sole tenant for the 450,000 square-foot building will be Salesforce, a global cloud computing company.
  • Transbay Transit Center: This $4.5 billion, 1 million square-foot transportation center will link multiple transportation networks and ease traffic congestion in the city. Students were able to observe temporary shoring and the beginning of steel erection for what will eventually be a total of 22,000 tons of steel to be used in the building.
  • Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop and Autodesk Gallery: The Pier 9 Workshop houses an artist in residence program with state of the art technology and equipment that allows for the creation of new materials and products. The Autodesk Gallery is a showcase for the wide range of applications of Autodesk software, from construction to the automotive and television/film industries.
  • 222 2nd Street: The $120 million, 523,000 square-foot building will be occupied in its entirety by LinkedIn when the building is completed by Turner Construction Company. Tour highlights included a discussion about the earthquake bracing and challenges faced with the exterior glass panels. The 2,220 glass panels that cover the building were manufactured in Germany, assembled in Thailand, and then shipped to San Francisco, where they were temporarily held up in the port due to a strike in the shipyard.

In their free time, students enjoyed Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf, a boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and a tour of Alcatraz.