An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students took first place in Bank of America’s Low-Income Housing Challenge, beating out master’s degree students from UC Berkeley and UC Irvine in the final round.
The 12 student team combined students from business and finance, city and regional planning, landscape architecture and our own construction management student, Enrique Ivers (pictured at the bottom far right). The Bank of America challenge required student teams to develop concepts, designs, community support and financing for housing projects that are affordable for low-income households.
The winning Cal Poly entry, entitled "Entrada Ranch", was presented to the San Luis Obispo's Planning Council as a viable project for the community.
Click here to visit the team's official website and see their entry.
In celebration of Cal Poly's Open House, the Emerging Green Professionals (EGP) club has displayed the BuildSmart trailer in the Construction Innovations Center's plaza. This 14 foot trailer is home to over 25 examples of sustainable buiding products that showcase eco friendly alternatives to traditional building materials. Examples include insulation made of denim, paperless recycled-content drywall, recycled glass tile flooring, dual-flush toilet and a reclaimed water irrigation vault. For more information on the BuildSmart Trailer, click here. For infomation on the Emerging Green Professionals club, click here.
Professor Scott Kelting was the recipient of the Associated Schools of Construction's Region 6&7 Regional Excellence Teaching award. The Regional Excellence Teaching award is made annually to untenured faculty, with two to six years of teaching experience at an ASC member school. This award recognizes the faculty member's contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, and dedication to the construction profession.
This year, Construction Management's entries in the regional ASC competition grew to encompass twelve teams. With the help of generous sponsors, a total of ninety-six students traveled by bus to Sparks, NV, to compete in the four day event. Keeping pace with last year's winnings, six teams placed in their divisions. For a complete list of awards, teams and industry sponsors, please visit our ASC web page.
This year, Cal Poly Construction Management students placed first in the National Association of Homebuilders annual competition in Orlando, Florida. The team worked on developing their proposal throughout fall quarter and presented it at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando. The team spent countless weekends and holidays working on the project and even flew to North Carolina for a site visit. This year’s project focused on the development of a model home and sales office complex for a semi-custom and custom home builder in Yadkin County, North Carolina. The team created a hypothetical investment proposal and business plan which included market research on feasibility, marketing and sales, project design, green building, project management, cost estimating, construction schedule and a ten year financial analysis.
Team member Michael Stone summarized the competition experience by saying “The Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) is a great professional experience. Through the RCMC, we get exposure to the real world, how to put together a proposal and work as a team. The RCMC is a far different experience than we can get in a classroom.” Michael goes on to say, “[In the end] the proposal became a great learning experience for everyone involved.”
The NAHB team brought back a commemorative plaque as well as the NAHB traveling trophy. Both awards can be seen on display in the Construction Management Department, Building 186-A100.
For additional information visit the NAHB website.
Wednesday, January 19th, Professor Scott Kelting of the Construction Management Department, held a class framing exercise utilizing the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab. Each team received the same set of plans but three teams were given special customized floor framing kits from Hayward Lumber while the other three teams were given traditional lumber that required measuring and cutting. The large open floor of the lab gave each team ample room to construct their frame, so there was no crowded feeling or fighting over space. This type of large scale activity is only the first of many planned to take place over the next months, and the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab is more than ready.
Emily Pool, a Construction Management major, had this to say about the event, "I thought the hands on experience that we got during the floor framing exercise was better than almost anything that would could have done in a classroom. Not only did we gain knowledge of some new framing technology but we also gained respect for the people in the field that are doing framing day-to-day."
The CM department would like to specially thank Rudi Lockhart with Hayward Lumber and both Curt Nierman and Gene Franks with Weyerhaeuser for their donation of time and materials.
This year Cal Poly's Construction Management Department was invited to compete in the ASC Region 2 LEED competition held in Birmingham, Alabama. The six member team had only a month and a half to assemble and prepare for the competition. Despite the short time frame, CM's LEED team brought home a first place trophy, $3500 in prize money and recognition in yet another division.
Harlan Prather, Patrick (PJ) Garahan, Greg Amon (captain), Philip Ost and Zack Saljian are pictured above holding thier plaques and check. Dean De Smet (pictured right) had to leave directly following the competition and was unable to attend the awards ceremony.
For more information on our annual ASC Region 6 & 7 competition, click here.
Construction Management alum Arvin Daeizadeh has taken his degree international. After graduating with B.S. in '04, Daeizadeh moved to the United Arab Emirates to work on the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. Click here to read an interview about his experiences living abroad and what he thought about working on the tallest building in the world.
Cal Poly hosted a dedication and open house for the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab last Friday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m. The privately funded laboratory is the final component of a multi-year project for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. It will serve as an interdisciplinary learning laboratory for the College’s five departments. Click here for more information.
Last spring hundreds of you supported the Journeyman shirt campaign. The goal was simple: To bless as many orphaned kids as we could. Watch the shirts being donated.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Laboratory will be dedicated Friday, October, 22. When complete, it will be the largest element in the College's Construction Innovations Center which opened in Fall 2008. Students in several disciplines will be able to use the 5,000-square-foot lab to design, build and test a variety of structural components. The Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab will provide vital support for activities of four adjoining labs in the center, where students will gain hands-on experience with fundamentals of construction management and with residential, commercial and heavy/civil construction.
Go to the SST Webcam to see the building's progress.
Cal Poly Construction Management continues to build on their reputation for excellence. Construction Management students from Cal Poly recently placed sixth out of 39 four-year level teams at the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas.
The annual competition gives student teams the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to address construction-related problems by working to resolve a construction issue and come up with a workable plan of action to present to a panel of expert judges. This was the tenth year that a team from Cal Poly participated in the competition.
Scott Kelting, the team’s coach and professor in Cal Poly Construction Management, received one of two awards for Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year at the NAHB Student Chapters Awards Ceremony.
Cal Poly recognized a critical partnership with a longtime supporter recently by the naming of the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Laboratory in the new Construction Innovations Center. The facility is part of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), which includes the Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning Departments. The naming follows a generous donation of $500,000 by Simpson Strong-Tie to help fund the laboratory.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Laboratory will be the largest element in the Construction Innovations Center. Students in several disciplines will be able to use the 5,000-square-foot lab to design, build and test a variety of structural components. The Materials Demonstration Lab will provide vital support for activities of four adjoining labs in the center, where students will gain hands-on experience with fundamentals of construction management and with residential, commercial and heavy/civil construction.
"We at Cal Poly are proud of our long-standing partnership with Simpson Strong-Tie," President Warren J. Baker said at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting. "For many years, the company has generously provided resources and support to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and funded scholarships for future professionals."
The company is considered the premier structural connector manufacturer in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe. Since the founding of Simpson Strong-Tie in 1956 by the five original employees, the company has grown to more than 2,000 employees. "We are particularly proud of the contributions of Cal Poly alumni who are employed at Simpson Strong-Tie," Baker said. "Simpson Strong-Tie is one of the few examples of a company that cuts across the boundaries of the departments in our colleges by impacting engineers, architects and construction professionals. Together they have helped create unique design responses to the seismic challenges of building in California and other earthquake-prone areas worldwide."
The CCCE took 12 students from the Construction Management, Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments to the DBIA National Conference.