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NEWS Summer 2017

Volume 11, Issue 3

A publication of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University.

In This Issue: Department Hosts Women In Construction Institute..................... 1 Ozbek Appointed Examiner.............2 PADB Spotlight: US Engineering.......3 Senior Publishes Textbook............. 4 Guggenheim Upgrades................... 4 PADB Spotlight: Hensel Phelps........5 The Punch List................................6 Upcoming Events............................6

Department Hosts Inaugural Women in Construction Management Summer Institute

Participants pose with Milwaukee gift bags in the Soils Lab

Advancing the knowledge and practice of construction management for the betterment of society through teaching, applied research, and service to local, national, and global communities.

The inaugural Women in Construction Management Summer Institute, held June 7-10, gave several successful alumnae of CSU’s construction management department a chance to tell high school students how they established successful careers in a maledominated field. Participants in the institute included seven students from CSU’s Alliance Partnership high schools, seven from a geometry/construction program at Loveland High School, one from Colorado Springs and one from Denver Public Schools. They learned that stereotypes about the construction industry aren’t always accurate. “Construction is not just swinging a hammer or holding a sign by

the side of the highway,” explains Kayla Boos, the department’s student recruitment coordinator and academic adviser. “It’s organization, it’s leadership, and it’s people skills, too. You have to be smart to be in this field, and you have to work hard.” The feedback from the attendees was extremely positive and validated the departments goals set for the Institute. “This has opened my this field,” said one young woman. Another, when asked if she would recommend the program to others responded with an enthusiastic, “Heck yes! I would love to be a part of the program in any way next year. I loved everything about it.”

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Mehmet Ozbek Appointed External Examiner

Mehmet Ozbek visits with colleagues from the University of Technology in Jamacia

Dr. Mehmet Ozbek continued expanding the department’s international ties. Over the summer, he was appointed as the External Examiner for the Construction Engineering Division at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. Ozbek visited the program in late May.

During his visit, he reviewed the division’s curriculum documents for several degrees, offering his feedback on potential improvements for the Construction Engineering Division in terms of the curriculum, specific courses, final exams, and collaboration opportunities with other divisions

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in the Faculty of the Built Environment. He also met with the faculty, department head, and Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment to perform an assessment of the division and provide a formal report.

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Suzanne & Walter Scott Jr. Bioengineering Building

Deep down, our hard hats are green. U.S. Engineering Company is proud of our history as part of the Ram family. For decades we have worked with Colorado State University to provide high performance facilities for quality education. From our role in completing over 30 projects with CSU to today’s U.S. Engineering workforce that boasts more grads from CSU than any other school,

U.S. Engineering is Truly For-Ever-Green.


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Bolivar Senior Publishes 5th ed. Construction Managment Textbook Associate Professor Bolivar Senior published the 5th edition of his textbook, Construction Management, coauthored with Daniel Halpin and Gunnar Lucko. This highly-rated text enjoys wide adoption as an introductory treatment of the subjects critical to success in the construction industry. The 5th edition updates planning and scheduling chapters, includes a new chapter addressing linear scheduling methods, and has additional material discussing the historical background of construction as a profession. It also includes additional instructor resources and review exercises. The book has become a standard course text at many universities, including Purdue University, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M at Commerce, and the University of Arizona.

Guggenheim Hall Upgrades

Guggenheim stairwell uncovered

New fans in Guggenheim 107

Carpet being installed outside Guggenheim Front Office

Guggenheim Hall received several upgrades over the summer. There was much needed carpet replacement in the main hallways. One of the unexpected perks of this was to see the main staircase without carpet. While you have to look past the glue, the beauty of the wood is exceptional. The three main classrooms also got upgraded ceiling fans. The improved air circulation compared to the old fans has been a welcome addition when the temperatures have climbed.


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The Punch List

Department of Construction Management Alumnae hold Q&A session at Women in Construction Management Summer Institute

Anna Fontana (at right) with interns on a project at an unnamed school in Boulder

CM Staff sporting the must-have summer eyewear - eclipse glasses

Khristy Jesse and intern Ryan Schneider at the United Flight Training Center in Denver

Upcoming Events Fall PADB Meeting Thursday, October, 26th, 2017: 1:30pm-4:00pm in Preconstruction 122 CM Open House Friday, October 27th, 2017: 3:30pm-5:00pm in Preconstruction 122

The Department of Construction Management invites interested students and their families to an information session to explore the construction management major and careers in the industry. For more information go to

Department of Construction Management, Colorado State University 1584 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1584 Phone: (970) 491-7353 Fax: (970) 491-2473 Submit comments or stories to:

Construction Management Ram Built News - Summer 2017 Highlights  

Summer highlights from the CSU Department of Construction Management