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Spring 2018

Volume 12, Issue 1

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

In This Issue: CM Awards - Competition..............1 CM Awards - Teaching...................2 CM Awards - Innovation.................2 CMBOD Golf Tourney...................3 Graduating Student Spotlight........4 USGBC Hosts Study Abroad..........4 CM Represented at CURC..............5 Back to High School.......................5 William Duff Architects Event.......6 ASC 54th Annual Conf..................6 PADB Spotlight...............................7 Gaylord Site Tour...........................8 Did You Know.................................8 Upcoming Event.............................8

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.

Construction Management’s Own Brings Home Awards! CMTeams Take Home 9 Top Awards from 2017-2018 Competition Put to the test in all skills learned throughout their academic career, CM students displayed exceptional leadership and passion continuing a run of excellence as more than 70 students participated in 13 teams for regional and national competitions in 2017-2018. The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) competition was held Feb. 7-10 in Sparks, NV bringing together over 1,400 students on 195 teams representing 49 universities. CSU students showcased their knowledge, creativity and presentation skills, fielding teams in eight categories: Commercial, Design-Build, Electrical, Heavy Civil, Mechanical, Preconstruction, Sustainability, and Virtual Design and Construction. The CSU teams brought home five team awards, one individual award, and one alternate award from the Region 6 and Open competitions. The Virtual Design and Construction team earned 1st place out of 12 teams. The Commercial, Design-Build and Sustainability teams all earned 2nd place in their competitions, and the Preconstruction team placed 3rd.

A team of seven students earned a spot in the Final Four for the student competition at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual convention after submitting their project in October. The team presented and took 1st place during the convention in San Antonio, TX, on March 26. In their second competition this year, the CM Associated Builders and Contractors Team placed second overall, at the ABC Construction Management Competition in Long Beach, CA, March 18-22. The team previously earned 1st place overall finish during the ABC competition last November. The Roofing Team won 2nd place at the National Roofing Contractors Association convention held February 5-9 in New Orleans, LA. The department also had a team compete at the National Association of Home Builders competition in January. The teams’ successes reflect the preparation, commitment and teamwork in the Department of Construction Management. Learn more about CM competition teams at

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Construction Management’s Own Brings Home Awards! (continued from page 1) The College of Health and Human Sciences Award Excellence in 2017-2018 The College of Health and Human Sciences named its 2017-18 award winners after honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by a review committee. The awards recognize faculty and staff members who exhibit exemplary performance. The awards were presented at the College Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 2, 2018. Dr. Jon Elliott Recognized with Tenure Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award The Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a faculty member, who is not yet tenured, for outstanding contributions in teaching such as creative instructional approaches, innovative use of technology in the classroom, or creation of service-learning opportunities, as well as positive student feedback. Elliott brings to the department and construction education his passion and dedication to students and industry. He inspires the students to learn, and he challenges them to find their passion and interest to make a difference in their community. He teaches CON365 Estimating II, and has also taught CON131 Graphic Communications for Construction; he also serves as the faculty coach of the Associated Builders and Contractors student competition team. Elliott also serves as undergrate Program Coordinator, and is leading the department’s curriculum effort to meet new national accreditations standards. In 2015, he received the Associated Schools of Construction Excellence in Teaching Award. CSU Demo Day Innovation Award Bestowed on

Marjan Sadeghi – Construction Management for Creative Dissertation Research

On April 10th, students and faculty gathered at the LSC Ballroom at CSU Demo Day, a premier event dedicated to the innovative and entrepreneurial community of CSU and Northern Colorado. Attendees gathered to hear the keynote speaker, Dr. Stephan Badylak, to share the most innovative ideas across campus at the poster and company showcase, and to network with industry experts at a reception where the winners were awarded cash prizes for their work. The Innovation Awards showcased the most innovative research/project within each College, as judged by faculty within each college, alumni, and commercialization specialization judges. Sadeghi’s poster session presented her research work describing a multi-disciplinary project with VDC applications and programming to create Building Handover Information Models (BHIMs). In short, these models extract and format critical building information from architecture- and construction-purposed Building Information Models, and compile the information in a usable form for the operation and maintenance phase of the building life cycle. NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS to Marjan Sadeghi for her success and excellent work!

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CMBOD 2018 Golf Tournament


Bright Day Despite Dreary Weather

It was another great year for the CSU Construction Management Golf Classic! The event, organized by the CM Student Board of Directors, had an amazing turnout with 76 student participants and 76 industry participants playing 18 holes at the Fort Collins Southridge Course. Fortunately, they were able to hold back Mother Nature for most of the day, making it a great day of golf.

Not only did participants enjoy a riveting round of play, they also engaged in some friendly competition with a “longest dive” contest and a “longest putt” contest.

This year, 21 industry companies attended, with proceeds from the event going to support clubs, competition teams, CM Cares and enrich the student experience.

The CM Student Board of Directors, along with the entire student body, wish to express gratitude to all of the industry participants.

Of the 36 teams that competed, 3rd place went to Team Hensel Phelps; 2nd place, Team Adolfson & Peterson; and Grand Champions were Team Neenan.

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Senior Spotlight: Kyle Deuschle, Jenna Richards, Cristian Montes Coming from a family of fellow Rams, Kyle has two older sisters, who also guaduated CSU. Thinking he wanted to be an architect, as a high school sophomore, he toured CSU with that intention. At that time, he was introduced to the CM program, and his plans changed. Since declaring his CM major as a freshman at CSU, he has been heavily involved in the department. He has participated in 5 competitions for the ABC and ASC, and served as an officer for the ABC club, and as president of the Student Board of Directors (CMBoD). After graduation, Deuschle plans to travel abroad with his family. From there, he hopes to settle into his new job as a Field Engineer with JHL Constructors, located in Centennial, CO, where he will most likely be involved with a school or commercial project. Asked for his advice for new CM students, the response was, “Dig in and show up!” Getting involved allows you to “shake a lot of hands, and make some invaluable connections that will last well beyond graduation.”

When Jenna Richards transferred from Front Range Community College in Westminster to CSU, she had her heart set on becoming an interior designer. One short semester and a few construction management classes later, she switched her major to construction management after recognizing her passion for the field. Between construction management competition teams, paving a future for women in CM, and helping create a more accessible home, Richards mastered involvement on campus. In 2016, Richards took advantage of a study abroad opportunity in Costa Rica where the students learned about the principle components of sustainable design and construction. “One thing I will miss most about CSU is the love and support from the CM department’s faculty and staff, and my amazing peers. The amount of knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the last four years is all thanks to these wonderful people. I have already taken a job with ISEC, a specialty contractor, in Denver and will start my fulltime position as a project engineer in May.”

Despite the many changes Cristian Montes has had to deal with in his life, he will walk in this spring’s commence ment ceremony as the first in his family to graduate from college. Montes was born in Michaocán, Mexico. His father would travel to the United States to work for months at a time, and then head back to Mexico. His dad applied for permanent residency, and after nine years it was granted. Within three months, 16-yearold Montes moved to the United States. “It was a huge adjustment; my home was in Mexico,” said Montes. “But I set my mind to trying to adjust to the change. If we were going to be here, I was going to have to make it work.” And he did. He was originally going to major in sports medicine, but decided that it was not for him. “I switched to construction management because some of my friends were in the program and I heard really good things about it, so I thought I would give it a try and I ended up really liking it,” Montes said. “And now I’m graduating!” after graduation Montes will work as a project engineer at Garney Construction in Littleton.

CM’s USGBC Hosts Study Abroad Panel

The USGBC student club has been active with spreading the good news of sustainable construction, having brought guest speakers from in and around town to talk about projects they have worked on, and to give advice on sustainable construction to the CM students. The club’s most notable event this semester, however, was a study abroad panel. USGBC brought in multiple students who have studied abroad, and asked them to speak about their experiences. There was a Q & A session where the students attending could ask any burning questions they had about studying abroad, or about personal experiences of the panelists.


One of the panelists reflected on the event saying, “It was fun to try and relay my experiences to my peers, as useful information to help them with their abroad inquiries. When I was looking into a semester abroad, I had many similar questions so having this panel surely expedited students’ questions and decisions. I hope that after attending the panel, more students realize the practicality and affordability of studying abroad. The adventures to explore cultures, cities, and yourself are immeasurable learning experiences that I will forever treasure. I am eager for more students in Construction Management to be able to say the same”.

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CM Student Franklin Alvis Represents at Annual CURC Throughout the year, students enrolled at CSU are invited to participate in a variety of events that recognizes and honors their achievements and showcases what they have learned as a result of their scholarly research, scientific inquiry, and or creative endeavors. Among the most visible is CURC, the annual Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase held each April. Culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes all participants and honors award winners from events throughout the year, this juried showcase features outstanding performers from every discipline. Representing the CM Department at CURC was senior, Franklin Alvis. His poster, entitled “Greywater Systems: Challenges of Design vs Implementation” was also a part of his honors thesis.

Franklin Alvis with his entry poster for CURC

Back to High School for CM Outreach and Recruitment Coordinators

Anna Fontana, CM Outreach Coordinator and Jennifer Fyhrie, CM Student Recruitment Coordinator teamed-up to present to Loveland High School’s six Geometry in Construction classes in March, and also hosted a group of 12 high school students from

Cortez, CO in April. The purpose is to not only expose young people to careers in construction, but also to engage them in activities that give them a taste of the many facets of the construction management program. Many people hold the misconception that contruction is low-paying and


dirty work. They don’t realize that there are incredible amounts of leadership opportunities, creative possibilities, freedom and money that comes with this type of career. CM Outreach and Recruitment generally host 5-6 high school visits a year at CSU, and will visit another three or more. There is ongoing relationship development with schools in Denver and surrounding areas. Student activities can range from challenging participants to make the tallest, self-supported structure using the materials given, or to design a Lego replica of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. These types of activities engage the students to communicate, direct, manage, collaborate, and more. Anna Fontana says, “We teach students to become leaders that manage people and projects in construction. Our Construction Management students at CSU have worked on cool projects like the new stadium at CSU, Coors Field in Denver, and the Tesla Gigafactory (Nevada). Our students have also

created 12 student clubs and compete against over 40 other universities and WIN! Currently, our new graduates make more than any other majors on campus!”

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William Duff Architects Guest Speaker Event

Hosted by CMAA and WIC

On April 12th, CMAA and WIC invited guest speaker Maja Rosenquist to discuss her experience in the construction industry. Mrs. Rosenquist serves as Mortenson’s senior vice-president and general manager of the Denver office. Her values and hard work comes from her time commercial fishing with her dad. From her constant discipline, she has grown a successful career and family life. This event taught students about the challenges in construction and how Mrs. Rosenquist learned from her experiences. The William Duff Architect Guest Speaker fund in CM provides opportunity for event funding.

ASC - Associated Schools of Construction 54th Annual Conference April 18-21 The conference purpose is to gather faculty and industry professionals to discuss up-to-date curricula, best teaching practices, and current management models in the construction industry. CSU’s Construction Management Department was well-represented with eight presentations. Dr. Svetlana Olbina received the ASC Regional Teaching Award which recognizes the faculty member’s contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, service to the Associated Schools of Construction and dedication to the construction profession. Dr. Scott Glick was recognized for his six years of service, having served as Assistant Regional Director and Director for Region 6 between 2012-2018.

Dr. Scott Glick

The CM department also celebrates the announcement of Dr. Mehmet Ozbek selected to serve as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Construction Education and Research. Additionally, the ASC announced the development of a new ASC-Industry Task Force comprised of industry


Dr. Svetlana Olbina

“How 4D Visualization and Simulation Enhances Work Zone Safety and Traffic Mobility” - Dr. Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez “Work-Life Balance Perceptions of Construction Management and Civil and Environmental Engineering Students” - CM Ph.D student, Duygu Kalan “Service Learning Project (SLP) Implementation and Assessment in the Construction Management Programs: A Case Study” - Dr. Svetlana Olbina, Dr. Mohammed Mehany & Ms. Khristy Jesse “Student Experiences with Virtual Design and Construction Applications for Quantity Takeoff: A Case Study” - Dr. Jon Elliott & Ty Eberhardt (‘17 CM alum) “Teaching Vegetative Roofing Systems: An Industry and Academic Collaboration” - Dr. Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez

executives and construction academics that will be chaired by CM Department Head, Dr. Mostafa Khattab; they are tasked to develop a national agenda for the future of construction education in the U.S. The following CM faculty and graduate students delivered paper presentations: “Implementing the Last Planner System: Perceptions About Subcontractors” - Dr. Bolivar Senior

Poster sessions included: “Investigation of Indoor Air Quality in LEED-Certified Buildings” - CM Ph.D student, Duygu Kalan “Multi Criteria Decision-Making Models for Repair and Replacement Decisions in Condition-Based Building Maintenance” - CM Ph.D student, Deniz Besiktepe

PADB Platinum Member

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At GTC we’re not just looking for Interns...

...we’re looking for our future


Ric Ruedin, CSU Class of 1995 GTC Vice President since 2006

GTC offers its employees: Job advancement In-house training and mentoring Paid advanced training Competitive salary Collaborative work groups Community outreach Vacation, holiday, & sick pay Medical benets, 401K Positive company culture Employment opportunities in Northern Colorado & Metro Denver


Joe Vasbinder, CSU Class of 2000 GTC Vice President since 2008 (Former GTC Intern)

“I’m not just a number, and I’m not just punching numbers. They care about me. I’m part of this Team.” - Will Lyons, Project Engineer, CSU grad (2015)

Contact Todd Schroeder for our current internship or employment opportunities 303-772-4051 ofce |

Fun Fact:

Jamison Martin, CSU Class of 2006 GTC Vice President since 2015

Two Office Locations:

Corporate - Longmont

700 Weaver Park Road Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-4051

Metro Denver - Meridian

9777 Pyramid Court, Suite 105 Englewood, CO 80112 303-684-9264

Of GTC’s current Project Team members (including Principals, Estimators, PMs, and PEs),


are CSU graduates.


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Students Impressed on Gaylord Site Tour Several CM clubs hosted a site tour to the new Gaylord Hotel currently under construction in Aurora, CO.

Several CM clubs hosted a site tour to the new Gaylord Hotel currently under construction in Aurora, CO. Regardless of specific interests within the construction industry, this project impressed due to its massive scale. The hotel’s goal is to create a selfcontained environment for guests to feel comfortable staying for dining and entertainment experiences, in addition to upscale sleeping accommodations. The all-inclusive facility will have nine restaurants in addition to 130 foot tall atriums spanning tens of thousands of square feet, containing live, fully grown trees.

Construction Management Fun Facts . . . * The Construction Management Department’s Spring 2018 graduating class has 61 undergraduate students and 7 graduate students

Equally expansive is the size of the electrical system, with a vast amount of emergency power circuitry. The goal is to minimize the impact on guests by allowing them to stay onsite even in the event of a power failure. Also of great interest was the hotel’s mechanical systems’ integration with the fire alarm system to minimize disturbances and maximize safety. Twenty-two attended the offsite event.

* 2018 Construction Management senior job placement prior to graduation is 93% * CM placement average base salary is $62,700 for Spring graduates.

* CM Cares has completed over 25 projects for families and organizations in need, since its inception in 2010, with total construction costs of $1.5M

* Personalized hard hats have been gifted to graduates since the early 2000s

Upcoming Events June 5 - 9, 2018

Women in Construction Management Summer Institute

Sept 25, 2018

CM Career Fair Registration opens June 1, 2018

October 4, 2018 PADB Fall Meeting

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Spring 2018 CM Highlights  

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

Spring 2018 CM Highlights  

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