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11-09-2012 Clemson students take home multiple awards at the Associated Schools of Construction Southeast Regional Student Competition

By: Kelly Borglum

CLEMSON—Students in the Department of Construction Science and Management and the School of Architecture took home multiple awards at the Associated Schools of Construction Southeast Regional Student Competition.

The competition was held in Atlanta from Nov. 7 through 9, 2012. Clemson students competed against teams from nine other universities, including Auburn University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Chattanooga State Community College and Western Carolina University.

Clemson’s Design-Build team was awarded first place. Team members included construction science and management students Richard Dorn from Belton, S.C., Matt Kolacki from Anderson, S.C., Bobby McKinsey from Aiken, S.C. and Todd Rapoport from North Stonington, Conn., as well as architecture students Abby Buckingham from Rock Hill, S.C. and Alison Martin from Lugoff, S.C. The team was coached by associate professor of construction science and management Shima Clarke and architecture lecturer Sallie Hambright-Belue.

The Commercial team was awarded first place as well as best presentation. Team members included construction science and management students Taylor Godfrey from Cumming, Ga., Brian Nichols from Denver, Colo., Blair Roper from Alpharetta, Ga., Daniel Simpson from Piedmont, S.C., David Steadman from Columbia, S.C. and Trevin Thompson from Dorchester, S.C. Professor of construction science and management Dennis Bausman coached the team.

The Heavy-Civil team was awarded second place and best presentation. Team members included construction science and management students Hilton Carpenter from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Spencer Monroe from Pawleys Island, S.C., Austin Pell from Columbia, S.C., Kessler Scott from Aiken, S.C., Zane Sneed from Greenville, S.C. and Tom White from Denville, N.J. The faculty coach was associate professor Shima Clarke.

The competition was sponsored by Holder Construction Company, Kiewit Infrastructure, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Turner Construction Company.

11-9-2012 Student Competitions

The students and faculty in the department participated in three Associated Schools of Construction regional student competitions. The participating students, faculty and industry representatives spent hundreds of hours preparing for the events. The student teams competed against teams from the following institutions: Auburn University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Chattanooga State Community College and Western Carolina University.

Because of their hard work and dedication, along with the support of many representatives from many construction companies, the Design-Build Team and Commercial Team were awarded first place and the Heavy-Civil Team second place.

A special thanks goes out to the following companies and individuals who worked to help prepare our students:

  • Brasfield & Gorrie — Ben Barfield, Jeremy Thompson, Dave Hajjar, Mike
  • Metromont — Mike Oliver, Clay Putnam
  • Evergreen Construction — Steve Hall
  • Holder Construction — Brad Hutto, Tom Vucelich
  • Gardner Glazing — Randy Denis, Scott Vann
  • Old Castle Glass — Jack Murphy
  • DPR Construction — Darryl Strunk, Michael Peterson, Clyde Brannen
Heavy Highway Team

Heavy Civil Team members, from left: Spencer Monroe (Sr-CSM), Hilton Carpenter (Sr-CSM), Kessler Scott (Sr-CSM), Austin Pell (Jr-CSM), Zane Sneed (Sr-CSM) and Shima Clarke (Coach-CSM). Not pictured: team member Tom White (Sr-CSM).

Commercial Team

Commercial Team members, from left: Brian Nichols (Sr-CSM), Blair Roper (Sr-CSM), David Steadman (Sr-CSM), Trevin Thompson (Sr-CSM), Taylor Godfrey (Jr-CSM), Daniel Simpson (Sr-CSM), two Holder Construction judges and Dennis Bausman (Coach-CSM).

Design-build Team

Design-Build Team members, from left: Matt Kolacki (Jr-CSM), Alison Martin (Sr-ARCH), Abby Buckingham (Jr-ARCH), Bobby McKinsey (Sr-CSM), Richard Dorn (Jr-CSM), Turner Construction judge, Sallie Hambright-Belue (Co-Coach-ARCH) and Shima Clarke (Co-Coach-CSM). Not pictured: team member Todd Rapoport (Sr-CSM).

10-16-2012 Clemson Construction Science and Management graduate program receives accreditation

By Kelly Borglum and Raquel Cobb

CLEMSON — The American Council for Construction Education has granted accreditation to the Master of Construction Science and Management program at Clemson University.

Established in 1986, Clemson University’s Master of Construction Science and Management program is South Carolina’s only graduate program in construction education. Part of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, the program offers a comprehensive program of education, service and research activities to improve the quality of the construction industry and thus the built environment.

All courses are taught on campus or via distance-learning technology. Clemson offers the only distance-learning construction master’s degree program in the United States. It is one of only four master’s degree distance-learning programs that the Associated General Contractors of America recognizes and promotes to its members as a means to attain graduate-level degrees and to teach in the discipline.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research has recognized the program as a step in its construction industry career path. The center has promoted the program as a component of its Project Management Academy, which is taught at Clemson University as well as at other locations throughout the United States.

“Becoming accredited by the American Council for Construction Education serves as national recognition of the quality education the students receive in our master’s degree program," said Roger Liska, program coordinator. "Being one of the first two construction management programs nationwide to become accredited is a real honor and will serve as a benchmark for other similar programs.”