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  • SPDC’s Dong Zhao receives Best Paper Award from ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering

    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.

  • Barton Malow’s Douglas Maibach engaged audience at Mar. SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    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.

  • Barton Malow Enterprise’s Douglas Maibach to speak at March 24 SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    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.

  • SPDC welcomes two new Construction Management Program faculty

    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.

  • SPDC and MSU Extension Launch Sustainable Built Environment Initiative

    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.

  • JLL’s Peter Riguardi engaged audience at Nov. SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    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.

  • SPDC’s Syal receives two awards

    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.

  • 17th Annual Construction Management Golf Outing welcomes alumni from more than 30 companies

    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.

  • JLL’s Peter Riguardi to speak at Nov. 5 SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    posted on October 19, 2015 10:21am

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) announces the next Industry Seminar Series event, slated for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Human Ecology Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

    The featured speaker will be Peter Riguardi, president of JLL’s New York Tri-State Region. Rigaurdi will present on a The World Trade Center More than Just a Redevelopment. The JLL is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management. He leads all operations for the company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Riguardi is responsible for broadening the company’s New York platform by developing key client relationships, leading major projects, maintaining senior real estate industry contacts and political relationships, and recruiting new talent.

    The JLL has 58,000 people across 230 corporate offices worldwide that serve the local, regional and global real estate needs of corporates and investors in more than 80 countries. Riguardi oversees a team of approximately 1,700 professionals in seven JLL offices throughout the tri-state.

  • Wolverine Development Corporation’s Joseph Maguire engaged audience at SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    posted on October 15, 2015 1:21pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its fifth Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in East Lansing. Featured speaker Joseph Maguire, president & CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and president and co-founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), presented a case study on “Reusing Commercial Sites.” Maguire is also the facilitator of this series, which 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.

    Maguire began his talk by discussing the roots of the family-run Wolverine Development Corporation that has been in business since 1924. It was with great pride that he shared how his grandfather started developing and redeveloping business properties leading to the construction of the first five McDonalds in the country, which are still in operation. Over the years, the organization started specializing in free standing building. A pearl of wisdom he shared was that “the best investment is the building already built.”

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