December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year BCS students present fall semester projects
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.
November 10th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS and engineering students take ‘Best Presenation’ award at regional construction competition
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.
October 25th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science students visit Houston and College Station
Images via Visiting Assistant Professor Mike DuffBy Regan Horn | BCS student This semester, Building Construction Science third-year students in Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff's studio were given the opportunity to take a field trip to Houston, Dallas and College Station, Texas. A total of eleven decided to partake in the opportunity. In a minivan van and a fifteen passenger van, the class began the almost nine-hour drive to Houston, Texas. After checking into the hotel, the first stop was eating dinner with Campbell Slimp of Dynamic Glass at Backyard Café & Grill. Slimp talked a lot about the journey that he took to get to where he is in his life right now. He went to college thinking he would be joining the military, but after the military decided they did not need him, Campbell was forced to begin looking for jobs elsewhere. After realizing that working for a large general contractor was not for him, he chose to work for a sub-contractor. He slowly ended up working for Dynamic Glass and is happy with where he is at. The best advice that he gave was, “You are too young to be in a job that makes you unhappy.” The next day, the group traveled to Sugar Land, Texas, to meet with Angie Barrett of Flour Construction. The group began with a tour of the facility. After the tour, the group began meeting with several different people in Flour’s many different departments. From meeting with the guy that builds the pipe models, to meeting with an intern, to meeting with the people in charge of 3D models, Flour provided a large overview of what working for an international industrial company looks like. On the way out of Houston, the last stop was to visit Savanna Magee, Senior Project Engineer, from Webber, LLC. The site visit was a civil construction site for the expansion of Highway 290. Webber was in various stages of the project at different portions of the highway. At one location, the support columns were being formed and poured. At another location, the deck was about to be formed in preparation to pour the concrete for the deck. Overall, the experience at the Webber Construction site was definitely an experience that the group would not have been able to experience in Starkville. Once the group arrived in College Station, Texas, the first activity the group had was attending the COSC 475 class at Texas A&M University. After sitting through a lecture style scheduling class, the MSU students were all grateful or our studio learning environment. After driving across campus, the group met with Aaron Hodge, Texas A&M Building Construction Manager, at West Campus Agri-Life building. The group ended up chatting with him for a large amount of time and toured another building that was being built on campus. The last stop that the group made on Texas A&M’s campus was to visit Professor Joe Horlen, Department Chair of Texas A&M Construction Science Department, to tour the COSC main building and tour the BIM Cave. The final stop in the College Station, Texas, area was meeting with James Benham, CEO of JB Knowledge. Benham had lots of cool technology and toys that he allowed the group to play with that will be the future of the construction industry one day. The only stop in Fort Worth was a meeting with Alec Baker of Baker Triangle. Baker Triangle was a drywall and plaster sub-contractor. The first site visit we had in Dallas was to meet with Eddie Trejo, Assistant Project Manager, for Polk Mechanical in a renovation of a downtown Dallas Hotel. Trejo explained the difficulty of completing a mechanical project on an older building. He also explained that the majority of the sub-contractors were coordinating with BIM, but a few key sub-contractors were not, which added to the difficulty of the project. After visiting with Trejo, the group was able to visit the Grassy Knoll in downtown Dallas. The next stop in Dallas was at EMJ Corporation. They are a general contractor that has many different divisions. They were an awesome group of people that explained everything that they do very well. The also explained their internship process, which was very valuable. We talked to several different people from several different divisions while we were there. A few hours later, we were able to meet with Cory Pecacek, Assistant Project Manager for Whiting Turner Construction. We toured a medical facility that would deal with cancer treatment and radiation when it was completed. The facility was extremely interesting to look at due to the different precautions that had to be taken because of the radioactive material that is going to be housed in the facility. The last visit with a company on the field trip was with Alex Allen, Project Manager for Pulte Holmes. We were able to have dinner with him and pick his brain about what it was like in the residential side of the construction industry. He provided a lot of good advice on how the residential side was different but still lucrative. He had a passion for residential home construction, which many in the group found fascinating. For four of the members of the group, the actual last stop of the field trip was the Texas A&M versus Arkansas football game at AT&T Stadium. Jerry World was unbelievably amazing. Not only was the construction of the building awesome to look at, the atmosphere that was created was phenomenal.
October 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science student featured as ‘Our People’ on university website
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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.
April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS featured as State Spotlight
April 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science students go on field trip to Memphis
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.
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