CM News

  • posted on June 8, 2016 8:24am

    A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

    A new study led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Procedia Engineering shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the energy savings available to them.

    “Technological advances in building and equipment account for only 43 percent of energy consumption,” said Dong Zhao, assistant professor in MSU‘s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “That means that you could buy the greenest house on the market, yet your personal habits could waste more than 50 percent of your energy savings.”

  • posted on May 24, 2016 10:33am

    Each year, the MSU Construction Management Alumni and Industry Advisory Association Board selects undergraduate students majoring in Construction Management (CM) at the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) to be nominated for their Student of the Year Award. To be eligible, students must have achieved the highest level of academic accomplishment, demonstrate leadership and hold high standards of integrity. The recipient of the 2016 Construction Management Student of the Year Award is Madison Hoxsie, a recent spring semester graduate.

    Hoxsie transferred to Michigan State as a sophomore. She has always enjoyed the built environment and being very hands-on with whatever she is doing. Starting in high school, Hoxsie was involved in volunteer work in repairing and building, which contributed to her interest in construction management. After taking CMP 124 with Dennis Welch, an instructor in the CM Program, Hoxsie knew that MSU was where she wanted to complete her bachelor’s degree.

    Throughout her time at MSU, she has been an active member in the CM Program, both in and outside the classroom. She was active in CM-related extracurricular activities, such as serving as treasurer of the Student Builders and Contractors Association (SBCA) for one year, and being an active member for three-and-a-half years.

  • posted on April 22, 2016 1:35pm

    On April 1, 2016, Assistant Professor Dong Zhao, PhD, in the Construction Management Program at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, was honored with the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This award is given to authors of an outstanding paper that was published in the Journal during the previous year.

    Zhao has been a member of the ASCE since 2008, and has served as a reviewer for multiple ASCE journals over the years. He is receiving this award for his paper titled “Resilient Built Environment: New Framework for Assessing the Residential Construction Market.” Although he has published papers in other ASCE journals, this was Zhao’s first and only paper published for the JAE.

    The ASCE accepts nominations for 85 Society Awards with the objective of giving recognition to engineers who excel in their profession through achievement and or published papers. To be eligible to receive this award, Zhao was first nominated by his peers, and then considered and selected by the JAE Editorial Team.

  • posted on April 5, 2016 12:52pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its seventh Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Featured speaker Douglas Maibach, chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises and executive vice president of Barton Malow Company, presented on Re-imagining the Building Process & Experience.

    Joseph Maguire, president and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and president and co-founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), is the facilitator of the Series. These events are popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and help to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

    Doug Maibach grew up with Barton Malow Company, a 91-year-old, employee-owned, family controlled business in Southfield. In 1984, he graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and quickly joined the Barton Malow ranks full-time. He also has a MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. Maibach is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and a registered professional engineer in Michigan and Connecticut, and a licensed builder in Michigan, California, Colorado and Louisiana.

    Maibach began his presentation by giving an overview of Barton Malow, focusing on their core purpose—Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities—which has shaped the company’s identity from its inception. He discussed how, over the years, their portfolio of work has reflected this purpose, as well as their core values of Integrity, Partnership and Empowerment. And, for more than 60 years, the company given back to the community by donating 5% of their annual profits to charity, including the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, THAW: The Heat and Warmth Fund and United Way.

  • posted on March 15, 2016 4:33pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) announces the next Industry Seminar Series event, slated for Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016, at the Human Ecology Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

    The featured speaker will be Douglas Maibach, chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises and executive vice president of Barton Malow Company. He will present on Re-imagining the Building Process and Building Experience. Maibach grew up with Barton Malow Company, a 91-year-old, employee-owned, family controlled business. In 1984, he graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and quickly joined the Barton Malow ranks full-time.

    Barton Malow’s core purpose—Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities—has shaped the company’s identity from its inception. Over the years, their portfolio of work has reflected this purpose, as well as their core values of Integrity, Partnership and Empowerment. Within the last 10 years, Barton Malow has successfully executed and procured hundreds of contracts throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, many of which have gained local and national attention due to their unique scope of work and/or building design. An example of this, is the construction project currently underway for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) here at MSU. The groundbreaking for the FRIB took place in 2014, and the building is scheduled to open in 2022.

  • posted on March 1, 2016 1:28pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) is pleased to welcome two new Assistant Professors to the Construction Management Program: George Berghorn, PhD, and Dong Zhao, PhD.

  • posted on December 17, 2015 11:19am

    The Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI) was announced at the MSU Fall Extension Conference that took place Oct. 13, 2015, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The SBEI is an outreach effort of the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University in partnership with MSU Extension. . . The initiative places emphasis on sustainable planning and design solutions for local issues, including green development, adaptive reuse, placemaking and resiliency planning. . . The SBEI seeks projects that combine planning and design elements within a sustainability framework, including regeneration, renewable energy, and resiliency.

  • posted on December 17, 2015 10:49am

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its sixth Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Featured speaker Peter Riguardi, president of JLL’s New York Tri-State Region, presented on The World Trade Center: More than Just a Redevelopment. Joseph Maguire, President and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and President and Co-Founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), is the facilitator of the Series. These events are popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and help to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

  • posted on December 9, 2015 9:43am

    This year, Professor Matt Syal, PhD, in the Construction Management Program at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, was honored with two awards: The Exemplary/Outstanding Alumni Award by the Department of Building Engineering and Management at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India; and the Outstanding Reviewer award from the Journal of Architectural Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    As a former alumni (Master’s degree in 1982) of the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India, Syal was nominated to receive the Exemplary/Outstanding Alumni Award. Every year, the School faculty accepts nominations and then decides upon the one person who they feel is most worthy and who has achieved great heights. Syal was chosen as the recipient for 2015.

  • posted on December 7, 2015 9:30am

    On Aug. 4, 2015, the Construction Management Program in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction welcomed alumni to MSU’s Forest Akers West in East Lansing. The 17th Annual Construction Management Golf Outing was a great success with sunny skies and warm weather, featuring alumni from more than 30 different companies in the construction industry who came out to golf and provide sponsorships. The funds generated from this event help assure that the CM Program maintains its stature as one of the nation’s best.

    Highlights from the event include the two Platinum Sponsors: Atlas Industrial, and Barton Malow. Additional sponsors included two Gold Sponsors: Clark Construction and Frank Rewold and Son Inc; and two Silver Sponsors: Power Construction and The Christman Company each having a foursome registered to golf. These companies are regular partners with the CM Program and show tremendous support of the CM grads.

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