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CM department and SPSU foundation board member co-sponsor summit (Fall 2014) 

The construction and engineering industry present an endless array of risks to be managed, averted or insured, with some risks standing out more than others. This past Sept., SPSU’s construction management department in collaboration with  Mr. Nicholas “Nick” Papleacos, SPSU Foundation Board member and attorney at law, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, co-sponsored the Engineering News-Record (ENR) second annual Risk & Compliance Summit: “New Liability: How to Limit the Downside.” Top risk experts gathered to present strategies and models for identifying and managing a company’s critical risks in an environment where the most costly and unpredictable risks are the ones that are critical and in need of management. The summit was held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, Ga.

ENR is a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide, covering the construction industry’s financial, legal, regulatory, safety, environmental, management, corporate and labor issues.

SPSU students were able to network with industry professionals and observe discussions about legal and financial disasters in construction, standards in architectural and engineering projects and risks involved in pre-fab projects to name a few. It was also an opportunity for students to develop internship and career opportunities.

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Fluor-Baxter establish an endowment for construction management students (Fall 2014) 

In late July, Department of Construction Management Chair and Professor Dr. Khalid Siddiqi was approached by employees of Fluor while they were working on Baxter’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that is currently under construction in Covington, Georgia. Fluor wanted to organize a competition for SPSU students relating to the new Baxter plant, which is one of a kind in terms of size and manufacturing ability, and thus was the birth of the Fluor-Baxter Competition. Baxter is a global healthcare company with expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. After being invited to tour the facility, students traveled with Dr. Siddiqi and other construction management faculty on Sept. 10 to participate in a mock pre-bid conference that was held at the construction site.

 Fluor – a Fortune 500 company that delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM) and project management to governments and clients in diverse industries around the world – is one of the firms building the 100-acre campus, which includes 1.2 million square feet of building space. Fluor held a career fair for SPSU construction management students and representatives from the company are coming back to campus for recruiting purposes in early November.

 The Fluor organization had the benefit of observing the students in action as the construction management majors participated in the competitions, showing their abilities to respond to the Request for Proposal and demonstrate skills in presentations. The students were also required to get bids from different subcontractors included in the scope of work.

 Three teams of students competed on campus with members of Fluor serving as judges and awarding cash prizes. The winning team of students included Richard Ragan (team leader), Luke Hunter, Micahl Williams and Taha Addow. Afterward, Fluor agreed to establish an endowment for SPSU construction management students.

 Through Siddiqi, construction management at SPSU has become well known because of relationships he has built within the industry. Construction management has attracted the attention of worldwide industry leaders that are interested in graduates of the university’s construction management program.

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  Skeet Shoot (Fall 2014) 

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair of the CM Department lead the SPSU Team that participated in the third skeet shoot held by SPSU's Construction Industry Advisory Board. Cherri Watson Director Education, Safety & Workforce Development AGC of Georgia was the Chair of CIAB Outreach Committee who organized the event on behalf of the CM Department. The Organization Committee for the event consisted of Pat Dunwoody Executive VP Education ABC Georgia, Chuck Little (Education Director Atllanta Electrical Contractors Association, David Ellis Executive Vice President Atlanat Home Builders Association. 

The event was held at Etowah Valley Sporting Clays located in the Hills of Dawsonville Georgia on Friday 4/25/2014 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Three Station Sponsors included Batson-Cook, Brooks Berry Hannie & Associates, and White Electrical . The lunch on the occasion was sponsored by AGC Young Leadership Program. 

Ken Barnett Chair from Winkle, and Roy Beeson Past Chair of the Industry Advisory Board from MBP also participated in the event. A number of Alumni including Nick Morrow, Andy Okelly and Carl FrinziA large number of members fielded their teams and in addition there were teams from Hall Booth Smith, United Electric, White Electrical Atlanta , and Brooks Berry Hannie & Associates fielded two teams. This event was the largest of its kind since the Outreach Committee of the CIAB started organizing the Skeet Shoot. 

Prizes and trophies were awarded to the best shooter of the day and first and second best scoring teams during the event. 
There were team fielded by Maxair, Moss and Associates, Archer Western, Turner, Hogan, Balfour Beatty fielded Two Teams, Inglett and Stubbs, Batson-Cook, and CW Matthews for their participation. 

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CM Chair/Faculty Awarded Grants for Major Development Partnerships (Fall 2013) 

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair-Construction Management, and Dr. Hussein Abaza have collaborated on the successful award of two grants, funded through the U.S. State Department, totaling $2 million. The first grant was awarded to establish an academic partnership in Communication Design with Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The partnership between Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and Indus Valley University (IVU) is particularly interesting because it involves New Media Arts, Architecture, IT, and Game Design. The second grant awarded will lead to the establishment of a Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Georgia Tech, Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU), Afghanistan, and SPSU. The GIS Center will collaborate to address the needs of the faculty of Geology and Mining at KPU to renovate and equip two GIS classrooms, develop four GIS courses tailored to the Afghan context, and to organize ArcGIS (a mapping and analysis software) training for KPU faculty and technicians.

Congratulations to Dr. Siddiqi and Dr. Abaza on their result in pursuing these grants. We are looking forward to future updates.

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Construction Management Annual Fundraiser (Fall 2013) 

The Construction Management Department’s 12th Annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Fundraiser took place at the Cobb Energy Center of Performing Arts this year on September 26, 2013. The Fundraiser raised

The festivities began at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. After a very nice dinner, Mr. Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group spoke on the economics of education and economic development, including the contribution of the construction industry to the U.S. economy.

An additional highlight of the evening followed dinner. With great appreciation and pride, $10,000 dollars in student scholarships were awarded that evening. Heartfelt thanks from SPSU and the students to CIAB and Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association for their generosity and support of our students success. 

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SPSU 2013 Scholarship Celebration (Fall 2013) 

The annual Celebration of Scholarship 2013 dinner was held on October 22 nd at the Marietta Hilton Conference Center. Scholarships funded by companies, friends and professional associations affiliated with the Construction Management department were presented to 17 very happy and deserving Construction Management students. Many thanks and great appreciation to Golden Hammer, Flagler Foundation, the Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, Grainger, Juneau, AECA, Dr. John Mench and friends for their generous contributions to the success of our students. We are confident in saying these gifts will be put to very good use.


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Dr. Siddiqi, 2013 ALA Scholar Award (Fall 2013) 

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair-Construction Management, has been selected as the Accelerated Leadership Academy (ALA) Scholar for 2013. The ALA is sponsored by the University System of Georgia. ALA provides a high level of structured, continuous, executive leadership development that builds upon the ELI (Executive Leadership Institute) experience. Dr. Siddiqi was selected by the SPSU leadership, in 2009-10, to participate in the USG ELI Scholar Program, where he committed 100 hours to group learning, completed 360 assessments, participated in cross mentoring, alumni activities, and performed job shadowing and evaluations. Dr. Siddiqi also completed a personal project focused on identifying the tools needed for better coordination and improved efficiency amongst university services including admissions, financial aid, the registrar’s office and the university’s academic department. Dr. Siddiqi, we are proud to work with you!

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Dr. John Mench Receives Legend in Energy Award (Fall 2013)  

Construction Management senior lecturer, Dr. John Mench, has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as a distinguished energy professional and winner of the Legend in Energy Award. Dr. Mench is the founding professor of the specialty and facility management concentrations in the CM department. Congratulations, Dr. Mench!

CM Matching Grant Campaign (Fall 2013) 

Dean Richard Cole and Dr. Khalid Siddiqi recently met with members of the SPSU Advancement Office to discuss strategies for designing means of matching contributions given by friends of CM in the professional community. The idea is that money gifted by CM supporters will be matched by the Construction Management Department. The Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, along with the CM department, will be the face of the campaign and Advancement will provide the overall organization and strategy and drive the effort.

ACM Tech Lab Opening (Fall 2013) 

Dr. Siddiqi, Dr. Abaza, and other CM faculty hosted an open house in the soon to open Architecture Construction Management Tech Lab. CM student and Lab Technician,Brian Hogue, lead the event by serving as MC, providing equipment demonstrations and tours to a packed house of interested students, staff and faculty members. Terrific job, Brian!

A special recognition must go to both Dr. Hussein Abaza and Dr. Pavan Meadati for their tireless work to make the ACM Tech Lab a reality.

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 Welcome Back Cookout Fall 2013 (9/11/2013)

Almost 400 students from Arch and CM, CM Faculty, Arch Faculty, and IT Staff participated in the Event. Besides the TV and Lap Top Raffle another attraction this year was the Dunk Tank.  Two students Tanner Wilson and Samatha Anselmo dunked numerous times when the handle was hit with a tennis ball.  Almost all Architecture Faculty and the students joined the CM Students at the event and it was a complete sell out. National Organizations and Construction Companies like Turner, RaceTrac Petroleum, ABC, GUCA and AGC were all present to encourage students to join different student chapters for making their careers successful.
 
 
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 CM Fundraising Skeet Shoot  Friday April 26, 2013

Cherri Watson, Director Education AGC of Georgia, organized Sporting Clays Fundraiser on Friday 4/29/2013 at Etowah Valley Sporting Clays. The event was organized by the Construction Industry Advisory Board Outreach Committee. The event was a huge success and attracted marksmen teams from international, national and Georgia contracting firms including Balfour Beatty, Hogan Construction, Manhattan Construction, Hardin DPR, McCarthy Building Companies, Dynaelectric, Van Winkle Construction, Parrish Construction, CCL Group, Eckhard Electric, Turner Construction, The Beck Group, Fortune Johnson Inc, Inglett and Stubbs, SG, Contracting Group, United Electric, RK Redding, McDounough Bolyard Peck, and New South Construction. 
 
The event started with a breakfast followed by safety instructions from the Sporting Clays Club Manger. There were brief training session for novices as well. The Sporting Clays Session started at at 10 AM and ended at 2 PM. Awards ceremony followed the Bar BQ lunch at the Club House. Jimmy Fallon won a Bruneli pump action gun and Robert Roe won a Yeti Cooler at the raffle conducted during the event. Fortune and Johnson donated the gun and Hogan Construction provided the Yeti Cooler.  
 
Parrish Construction Team won the first place in the Skeet Shoot Competition, Hogan Construction Group’s team was the Runners up. 
First Place Parrish Team Members were led by Rodney Smith and included Lew Heath, Vance Perkins and Jimmy Fallon.

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Runners up Hogan Construction Group was led by Steele McCown and included Brandon Pitts, Christian Pitts and Kirby Jones.

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Cherri Watson from the AGC-GA represented the Construction Management Department when she proudly presented the second place team trophy. On the team was Brandon Pitts,(blue shirt); Christian Pitts, (in the hat); and Kirby Jones. Steele McCown was on the team but not in the picture.
 
 
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Dr. Siddiqi shooting a sporting clay at station 12

 
 
 
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Jimmy Fallon won a Bruneli pump action gun which was the most sought after Raffle item

 
 
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Robert Roe won a Yeti Cooler at the raffle held on the occasion

CM Tailgate Party

April 20 Saturday SPSU Baseball Field @ Noon

CM Student Leaders In collaboration with Turner Construction the Construction Management Department is pleased to organize a tailgate party on April 20, 2013 around 11 AM at the Baseball field. Your participation and putting up a banner on behalf of the CM Department at the event will be appreciated, alongside Turner. Alumni is also doing a tailgate on that day. 

CM team places in MCAA national competition 4/16/13

A team of construction management (CM) students from SPSU recently took third place overall in the final round of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual student competition in San Antonio, Texas. This is SPSU’s second consecutive top-three finish.

“A top-three finish in two consecutive years is quite an accomplishment,” said Richard Cole, interim dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management. “This competition features some of the top universities in the nation.”
 
Led by Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, chair of CM, and Prof. Maureen Weidner, the chapter was represented by seven students: Christopher Flynn, Sean Barden, Samantha Anselmo, Morris Lewis, Matthew Layton, Wainwright Jeffers and Brian Hogue, who provided technical support for the team.
 
MCAA charged student chapters with creating a bid proposal to build and service a 50,000-square-foot building near Cape Canaveral, Fla., to house the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Exploration Center. They were also asked to recommend design elements that meet or exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum-level criteria.

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CM Students Strike It Rich in Nevada!

Associated Schools of Construction Competition

Region 6 & 7 Student Competition and Job Fair February 6-9, 2013

  • 17 industry categories for student teams to compete in
  • 70 companies at the career fair
  • 2 evenings of sponsor company hospitality suites / meet and greets for the students and faculty

The conference consisted of a Three part competition:

Part 1 : A. Student teams required to submit qualification package in order to be accepted to participate in Part 2.

B. SPSU Integrated Project Team accepted on January 23, 2013
 
Part 2: Feb 7: 6:00 AM pre-proposal conference with Clark Construction to introduce the project teams worked on: Neuroscience Research Facility at University of California San Francisco

Proposals to be turned in by 11:45 PM and to include:
1. Feasibility design: space programming, floor plans, elevations, site plan, narrative of building systems
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2. Budget: Conceptual design/build budget to include design phase, construction phase, contingencies, soft costs, and design-build entity fee
3. Schedule: for design, construction, and occupancy processes/milestones
4. Design Management Plan
5. Construction Management Plan
6. Site Access and Utilization
7. Risk Analysis
8. This was a 250,000 SF; $174 million project. Companies proposing on such a project would have had weeks or months to provide the above - students were required to do it in 18 hours!!!

Part 3: Feb 8: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Teams presented and defended their proposal to Clark Construction (serving in the role of Owner-the Q & A portion was "brutal" and our students did an excellent job)
 
"This was the best experience I've had at Southern Poly and if I weren't graduating with my Masters in May, I would definitely be doing this competition again next year." -  IDP Team

Left to Right: Chris Flynn, Randy Padgett, Stacey Flint, Tony Maimo, Heirve Yondo, Sean Barden, Professor Weidner

SPSU 2013 Integrated Project Deliver Competition Team: Left to Right: Chris Flynn, Randy Padgett, Stacey Flint, Tony Maimo,  Heirve Yondo,  Sean Barden, and Professor Weidner

MAXAIR Delegation Visit Southern Polytechnic State University 

MAXAIR'S President Jonathan Sterling visited the Construction Management Department on December 4, 2012 to discuss ways and means of supporting both the the Construction Management students, and graduates. MAXAIR agreed to hire graduates and inters from SPSU 's Construction Management Department. MAXAIR also offered to Guest Lecture CM classes in order to provide guidance on expectations of future employers from budding project managers.

 Left to Right: LTR Robert Lehman, Dr. Siddiqi Chair Construction Management Department, Jon Sterling President MAXAIR, Justin Ga

From Left to Right: Robert Lehman, Dr. Siddiqi Chair Construction Management Department, Jon Sterling President MAXAIR, Justin Gary.

 Award presentation to Beth Studley Vice President Holder Construction - 10/18/12

An Award of Excellence was presented to Beth Studley who served the Construction industry Advisory Board for over a decade. Beth Studley is seen in the picture receiving the award from Dr. Siddiqi, Chair Construction Management Department Southern Polytechnic State University.

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Construction Management Held 11th Annual Banquet at Cobb Galleria 9/27/2012

SPSU’s Construction Management Department hosted their 11th annual Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) Banquet at the Cobb Galleria on Sept. 27, 2012. Over 200 people participated in the event. The dinner raised money for scholarships and the advancement of Georgia’s largest accredited Construction Management program. The highlight of the evening was “A Look into the Georgia Economy” by Dr. Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics at Mercer University’s Atlanta followed by dinner, cocktails and a silent auction. Dr. Tutterow discussed the Georgia economy and the role played by the construction industry in its revival. He applauded the Industry Advisory Board’s effort for providing employment opportunities to the CM Program graduates. This year the revenues exceeded $ 57000, which matches the last year’s revenue from the fundraiser. $ 12000 scholarships were given away to CM Students. The following scholarships were presented to CM Students:

Construction Management Industry Advisory Board Four Scholarships

    1. Errin Barnett ($ 2000)

    2. Samantha Anselmo ($ 2000)    

    3. Bonita McMullen ($ 2000)

    4. Tahereh Hadidi ($ 2000)

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    5. Brandon Cannon ($ 2000)

Joe Dusek Vice President Hardin Construction, who passed away recently, was a member of the Construction Industry Advisory Board. A special scholarship The Joe Dusek Memorial Scholarship was also given away at the banquet.

    6. Guido Reyes ($ 2000)

The CM Annual Banquet also serves as a key networking and recruiting opportunity for the SPSU undergraduates and graduate students, general contractors, subcontractors and construction vendors who benefit from their participation in the event. “People tend to do business with people they know,” commented CIAB member Carl Frinzi of Balfour Beatty Construction, who is also a member of the SPSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “The CIAB Annual Banquet puts me with people who have both SPSU and an industry in common.” This year’s fundraiser marks the 11 th anniversary of the founding of SPSU’s CIAB, made up of industry leaders, many of whom employ SPSU graduates. Picture taken on the occasion : Advisory Board members with with speaker, Roger Tutterow From Left to Right:

Nick Papleacos Advisory Board member, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

Khalid Siddiqi Chair Construction management Department Southern Polytechnic State University

Dr. Roger Tutterow Guest Speaker, Professor of Economics, Mercer University

Eric James Harcon, Advisory Board Member and Chair Resource Mobilization Committee

Henry Painter, Program Chair and Industry Advisory Board Member, Turner Construction

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SPSU'S CM Team wins 1st PLACE at Green Energy Challenge - NECA Competition at Las Vegas

Congratulations to SPSU CM Team for Winning the First Place at 2012 Green Energy Challenge organized by National Electrical Contractors Association!!!
Kudos to Professor Maureen Weidner Green Energy Challenge Team Coach!!!
Please join me in congratulating the SPSU CM Team who won the first place at Green Energy Challenge Competition held at Mandaly Bay Las Vegas during the Student Chapter Summit. SPSU CM Team consisting of Samantha Anselmo and Jamal Stubbs participated in the 2012 National Electrical Contractors Competition – Green Energy Challenge and were placed first at the National Poster Competition. The team coach was Professor Maureen Weidner of the Construction Management Department. The Green Energy Challenge is a national competition held among the schools that has student Chapters of NECA. The challenge is part of the 2012 National Electrical Contractor’s Convention held at Mandaly Bay in Las Vegas from September 29, 2012 to October 2, 2012. SPSU CM Team was sponsored by the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. Thank you Chuck for making it possible for our team to be a part of national competition

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Construction Management earns IFMA accreditation

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SPSU’s Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree with a Facility Management Concentration has earned provisional four-year accreditation from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Only 11 schools in North America are accredited by IFMA. SPSU is the second school in the Southeast to have an accredited BS degree in Facilities Management.

IFMA accreditation promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the discipline of facility management. IFMA accreditation offers the means to strengthen existing degree programs and concentrations, serves as a guide for developing new facility management degree programs and provides standards for accrediting new programs and reaccrediting existing programs.

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, CM department chair, and Prof. John Mench, a CM faculty member, led the effort to obtain the new accreditation, which opens up new opportunities in facility management for program graduates.

“The IFMA has informed us that they will recommend provisional four-year accreditation for SPSU to the accrediting body’s Council of Academic Affairs. This represents the maximum number of years the IFMA can grant accreditation to a new program,” said School of Architecture and Construction Management Interim Dean Richard Cole. “Congratulations to you all on fulfilling the accreditation criteria requirements for the degree program and earning this important recommendation from the IFMA representatives.”

Overall, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs and recognizes facility management certificate programs.
      

CM Department's Spring 2012 cookout - 03/28/2012

On behalf of SPSU's Construction Management faculty and student body we would like to thank Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association and Alex Owen's team for cooking burgers and hot dogs on their stat- of-the-art grill, which they brought to the SPSU campus again. The food supplies were arranged by Chuck Little of the Atlanta Electrical Contractor's Association and the manpower who cooked the burgers was headed by Alex Owen and his colleagues from BBH Electric. The event was a huge success as scores of Construction Management and Architecture student showed up to enjoy the food and fellowship. Constructors Guild also arranged Raffle and organized games for students to participate. Also present on the occasion were CM Alumni and Advisory Board Members (Don Bailey, Chuck Little, and Sam Peng). CM and Architecture faculty were also present on the occasion.

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SPSU CM Student Team Wins First Place at National MCAA competition in Orlando

Marietta, Ga. (March 21, 2012).  CM Students of SPSU won the national Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter Competition today at Orlando, Florida. California State Sacramento came in second at the competition. The SPSU’s win comes with a cash prize of $ 5000 for the Chapter and the team.  Earlier the Construction Management Department team, led by their advisor, Prof. Maureen Weidner, competed against 26 other teams across the nation in 2011 fall to be selected in January 2012 as one of four finalists in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter Competition.

In fall SPSU’s win over Purdue University, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Kansas State, and Penn State surprised the organizers, because SPSU landed among the Final Four for the first time. The team in the finals at Orlando competed against the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Illinois State University and California State University at Sacramento for the top prize of $5,000 at the MCAA National Convention on March 19 in Orlando, Florida.

The journey to the Final Four began in early October at the 2011 MCAA Student Chapter Summit in San Francisco. Each participating student chapter was invited to prepare and submit a proposal to retrofit a historic San Francisco building into the Asian Art Museum. Teams were also required to prepare a bid for a service and maintenance package on the building after completion of the construction. SPSU students again proved that they can compete nationally and they are second to none. The above mentioned four teams delivered oral presentations on their submissions at the national convention, after which industry panel judges declared SPSU CM Team as first place winner in the national competition.

The SPSU MCAA Competition Team comprised Trent Anderson (captain), Sean Barden, Daniel Epps, Billy Hancock, Larnell Jewell, Brian Nelson, Eric Pagan, Tyrone Sheffield and Charles Wall.

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CEO Home Depot Mr. Frank Blake with Dr. Khalid Siddiqi Chair Construction Management Department SPSU

Mr.Blake visited Southern Polytechnic State University on March 21, 2012 and delivered a talk on “Leadership with Integrity” in the Student Center Theater

Frank Blake and Dr. Siddiqi

Mr. Rodney Smith an alumni visit

Mr. Rodney Smith an alum of the CM Program and Senior Vice President of Parrish Construction Group visited the Construction Management Department of Southern Polytechnic State University on 1/19/2012 to discuss possible ways for supporting the CM Program.

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SPSU student team makes final cut for upcoming MCAA competition

Marietta, Ga. (Jan. 17, 2012) Nine students from the Construction Management Department, led by their advisor, Prof. Maureen Weidner, competed against 26 other teams across the nation this past fall to be selected in January as one of four finalists in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter Competition.

SPSU beat out Purdue University, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Kansas State, and Penn State to land among the Final Four for the first time. The team will compete against the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Illinois State University, and California State University at Sacramento for the top prize of $5,000 at the MCAA National Convention on March 19 in Orlando, Fla.

The journey to the Final Four began in early October at the 2011 MCAA Student Chapter Summit in San Francisco, at which chapters were invited to prepare and submit a proposal to retrofit a historic San Francisco building into the Asian Art Museum. Teams were also required to prepare a bid for a service and maintenance package on the building after completion of the construction. SPSU students worked diligently in preparing their submission, which was due in mid-December. At a meeting in early January, MCAA judges chose the top four best-scoring proposals. The finalists will deliver oral presentations on their submissions at the national convention.

The SPSU MCAA Competition Team is comprised of: Trent Anderson (captain), Sean Barden, Daniel Epps, Billy Hancock, Larnell Jewell, Brian Nelson, Eric Pagan, Tyrone Sheffield and Charles Wall,

For more information about the competition, check the MCAA website.

SPSU CM Teams Placed 1stand 2nd in 2011 ASC Competition

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Students from the SPSU Department of Construction Management traveled to Hoover, Ala., on October 26-28 to compete in the 2011 ASC/AGC Region II Student Competition to compete against the likes of Auburn, Clemson, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern, and Mississippi State.

The SPSU Commercial Team, led by Trent Anderson, won first place in this highly competitive event. SPSU's Heavy/Civil Competition Team, led by Phillip Young, brought home the second place award.

SPSU's 2011 Commercial Team was comprised of Trent Anderson, Charles Wall, Zach Gordon, Scott Sullins, Jamie Bishop, and Brian Nelson. Students participating in the Heavy/Civil team were Phillip Young, Josh Tredway, Bryce McDonald, Luis Perez, Nick Nowlin and Zach Bareis.
 
The teams worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare and submit a preliminary proposal prior to traveling to the competition. SPSU delivered a 30-minute oral presentation and a response to an RFP (Request for Proposal) for multi-million dollar projects to bring home the hardware. The first place Commercial team received a $1500 award and the second place Heavy/Civil team received a $750 award.

Professor Maureen Weidner and Dr. Pavan Meadati, the two Construction Management Department faculty served as the coaches for the three teams fielded in the ASC Competition this year.
 
The Region II Competition is hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction and the Associated General Contractors. The Heavy/Civil Competition was sponsored by Kiewit and the Commercial Competition was sponsored by Holder Construction. SPSU also participated in the LEED/Green Building Competition which was sponsored by Brasfield & Gorrie. SPSU's participation in the competition was made possible through the support of the SPSU Alumni Association.

Fourth Annual Taste of Georgia, October 16, 2011

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Dr. Khalid Siddiqi participated in the Fourth Annual Taste of Georgia held at Atlanta Civic Center on Sunday  October 16, 2011 from 5-7 PM  The proceeds from the event benefited Georgia’s children. The event was supported by Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee, Georgia to Georgia Foundation and Hall Booth Smith and Slover (HBSS).   During the event Phoenix Award was Presented to: Major General William T. Nesbitt.  Guest of Honor on the occasion was Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili from Georgia.  Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta Georgia) has a cooperative agreement with International Black Sea University located in Tbilisi Georgia. Meri Bortsvadze is an international exchange student from Georgia currently studying at Southern Polytechnic State University.  Seen in the picture are Dr. Siddiqi Chair of the Construction Management Department with Georgia’s Ambassador to US Mr. Mr. Temuri Yakobashvili, and Nina from HBSS, who was one of the the organizers of the event. 

10th Annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Banquet, September 29th, 2011

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The Construction Management (CM) Department held their 10th Annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Banquet at the Cobb Galleria on Sept. 29, 2011.  The event was a resounding success with sold out 250 slots for participants. 

The dinner and dance celebration raised moneys for scholarships and for the advancement of the Construction Management Department, which offers both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.  Besides all CM Industry Board member organizations, numerous subcontractors, material suppliers, Trade associations, Construction management Department faculty and SPSU administrators participated in the event. 

“As a beneficiary of the Industry Advisory Board Scholarship, I have been able to focus more on my curricular and extracurricular objectives than on financing my education,” said Trent Anderson, who expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in construction management next summer. “The generous support I have received from the SPSU Construction Management Department and the advisory board has aided me in accomplishing many of the goals I had set for myself when I began my higher education career here at SPSU.”

The event also served as a networking opportunity for the SPSU undergraduates and graduate students, general contractors, subcontractors and construction vendors who participated in the fundraiser.  The evening included cocktails and a silent auction featuring such items as a vacation stay at a mountain cabin or beach cottage, flat-screen TVs, tools, sports paraphernalia, event tickets and gift cards. Some contractors also donated their services to the auction. The raffle grand prize was 47 inch flat screen TV which was won by  SPSU Alumni Nathan Reinhardt , who works for Dynaelectric.  Nathan also was the Engineering Technology Student for the Year 2009.

“These are the people we will be working with as we enter the workforce,” said James Walker, an SPSU senior volunteer for the Banquet. “For me, the best take-away was the relationships I was able to establish with the companies and professionals who participated.”

This year’s fundraiser marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of SPSU’s Construction Industry Advisory Board, made up of industry leaders, many of whom employ SPSU graduates.  The event raised $ 45,000 which will be used for scholarships for the CM students and for advancement of the CM Department.

“The growth and stability of the advisory board is a true testament to the SPSU faculty and industry representatives who over the years have been sincerely dedicated to the development of well-educated graduates,” said Don Davidson, a former advisory board chair and vice president of the SPSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “These graduates will grow to be the leaders in our industry.”

 10th Annual CMD Fundraiser 09/29/2011

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CM Department Held their 10th Annual Banquet at Cobb Galleria

The Construction Management (CM) Department held their 10 th Annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Banquet at the Cobb Galleria on Sept. 29, 2011. The event was a resounding success with sold out 250 slots for participants.

The dinner and dance celebration raised moneys for scholarships and for the advancement of the Construction Management Department, which offers both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Besides all CM Industry Board member organizations, numerous subcontractors, material suppliers, Trade associations, Construction management Department faculty and SPSU administrators participated in the event.

“As a beneficiary of the Industry Advisory Board Scholarship, I have been able to focus more on my curricular and extracurricular objectives than on financing my education,” said Trent Anderson, who expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in construction management next summer . “The generous support I have received from the SPSU Construction Management Department and the advisory board has aided me in accomplishing many of the goals I had set for myself when I began my higher education career here at SPSU.”

The event also served as a networking opportunity for the SPSU undergraduates and graduate students, general contractors, subcontractors and construction vendors who participated in the fundraiser. The evening included cocktails and a silent auction featuring such items as a vacation stay at a mountain cabin or beach cottage, flat-screen TVs, tools, sports paraphernalia, event tickets and gift cards. Some contractors also donated their services to the auction. The raffle grand prize was 47 inch flat screen TV which was won by SPSU Alumni Nathan Reinhardt , who works for Dynaelectric. Nathan also was the Engineering Technology Student for the Year 2009.

“These are the people we will be working with as we enter the workforce,” said James Walker, an SPSU senior volunteer for the Banquet. “For me, the best take-away was the relationships I was able to establish with the companies and professionals who participated.”

This year’s fundraiser marks the 10 th anniversary of the founding of SPSU’s Construction Industry Advisory Board, made up of industry leaders, many of whom employ SPSU graduates. The event raised $ 40,000 which will be used for scholarships for the CM students and for advancement of the CM Department.

“The growth and stability of the advisory board is a true testament to the SPSU faculty and industry representatives who over the years have been sincerely dedicated to the development of well-educated graduates,” said Don Davidson, a former advisory board chair and vice president of the SPSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “These graduates will grow to be the leaders in our industry.”

CM Department Fall 2011 cookout - 09/7/2011

The Construction Management Department organizes a cookout in fall and Spring semesters each year to celebrate CM student successes and awards.  Another objective of the cook out is to recruit students for various student organizations and to have fellowship.  Also invited to these cook-out were students and faculty from CET and Architecture Departments.  From 4:30 PM and to 7:00 PM approximately 400 students participated and enjoyed the event.

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CM Department Spring 2011 cookout - 02/16/2011

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On behalf of the Construction Management faculty, Staff, and the students, we would like to thank Alex and Chuck for organizing the February 16 Cookout event at Southern Polytechnic State University. Alex brought his state of the art "Green Grill" that was made of scrap metal and had all the features for energy conservation. Most importantly, Alex with his colleague Andy, cooked burgers and hot dogs for all the CM, CET and Architecture students who were present during the cookout. In addition, Mr. Mike Hardin CM IABChair Building Committee and President of ABC also participated in the event with CM students. Chuck Little sponsored the food for the cook out though the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. CM faculty staff and students would like to thank Chuck for his help and the generosity of his association.
 

 CM Department Annual Banquet-2010 09/30/2010

The Construction Management Department hosted its annual banquet to raise money for scholarships and broaden the department’s educational offerings on Thurs., Sept. 30, at the Cobb Galleria Centre at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker was Jim Jacoby of Jacoby Development, Inc., developer of Atlantic Station and a number of environmentally sensitive multi-use properties requiring impaired-site reclamation. A silent auction precedes the banquet. Each year, representatives from general and specialty contractor firms, along with those from industry suppliers and service providers, attend this event to meet construction management degree candidates and recent graduates, and to network with department faculty.

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CM Department receives gift from Grainger - 06/24/2010

The Construction Management department was a recent recipient of a generous $10,000 gift from the Grainger Community Grant Program, presented by Karl Pfankuch, Grainger branch manager and Douglas Bennett, Grainger sales manager in Marietta. The money will be used to provide scholarships for students within the construction management major and facility management concentration to help meet the demand for skilled workers in those fast-growing fields. Grainger is a national chain that provides a range of products related to building and industrial construction and facilities management. They are a proud member of Marietta’s vibrant community and play an important role in supporting SPSU’s Construction Management program and its students. In 2007 the company provided a similar grant to the department. For more information about Grainger’s community involvement please visit www.grainger.com/aboutus.
 
Capstone Seniors and Graduate Dinner - 4/21/10

Mr. Roy Beeson, Vice President and Regional General Manager for McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. was the Guest Speaker for Spring 2010 Capstone and Graduate Dinner held at  Joe Mac Wilson Student Center on 4/21/10.  Mr. Beeson Bs and MS from Tulane University has 35 plus years of experience in the construction industry.  His experience ranges from managing the design and construction, commissioning, of projects and programs of various sizes and types.  He has constructed institutional, healthcare, commercial, industrial and educational facilities as well as transit facilities, parking decks, roads, bridges, and airfields.  His service to the cause of improving the Construction management is unmatched.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Construction Industry advisory Board.  Earlier Dr. Siddiqi welcomed the guest speaker and congratulated Mr. Roy Beeson on his leadership and service to the Industry Advisory Board.  Mr. Brian Parker, a graduating senior also spoke on the occasion and thanked the guest speaker for his continued support. Professor Maureen Weidner, in her talk, suggested ways and means to succeed in the Construction Management profession. 

The dinner was held to celebrate the achievements of graduating seniors of the Construction Management Department at Southern Polytechnic State University. 

Mr. Roy Beeson who is also the Chair of the Construction Industry Advisory Board delivered a talk on how the students need to market themselves aggressively for jobs.  He also identified the areas and the projects where new interns and graduates could start working.  His talk was followed by a question and Answer session.

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CM Department Spring-2010 cookout - 03/03/2010

The Construction Management Department organizes a cookout in fall and Spring semesters each year to celebrate CM student successes and awards.  Another objective of the cook out is to recruit students for various student organizations and to have fellowship.  Also invited to these cook-out were students and faculty from CET and Architecture Departments.  From 4:30 PM and to 7:00 PM approximately 400 students participated and enjoyed the event.

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 CM Departments' students visit Seasons 4 - 02/27/2010

On Saturday 02/27/2010, the Construction Management Specialty Students visited 4500 Industrial Access Road, Douglasville, GA 30134. Seasons•4 has been providing custom HVAC systems for supermarkets, schools, commercial and office buildings, government facilities, and other applications. Student get to talking into a 500 ton DX HVAC unit, which the manufacture are fabricating for military base. Students also get to see 10' height enthalpy wheel which installed for other HVAC unit. The tour of the warehouse also helps students learning different components of HVAC system.

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