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The annual ASC student competition for Regions 6 & 7 took place this past week and you can found out how the schools performed at the ASC Regional Website at:

http://www.asc67.org/index.html

The event was held in Sparks, Nevada this year — check out the website above for more details.

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USGBCA large number of construction students are passionate about the trend in sustainable construction a.k.a. green construction, LEED construction. Many of the students that I meet with at presentations, career fairs, interviews, and student competitions are deeply interested in my firm’s efforts in LEED construction.

The article, “40,000 LEED APs and Counting” provides a snapshot of how the construction and design industries are embracing the sustainable construction movement. I am proud to report that Skanska is represented at #13 on the list of “BD+C’s Top 50 Building Team LEED APs”. Skanska is one of the top ranked builders on the list, which includes several design firms — if everything goes well during the LEED V2.2 Exam next Wednesday (08AUG07), three of my team members will earn the designation of LEED Accredited Professional and Skanska will jump up to #12 on the list.

The current list is as follows:

BD+C’s Top 50 Building Team LEED APs

Ranking / Firm / # of LEED APs / # of Employees / % of LEED APs to All Employees

1. Perkins+Will 753 1,236 60.9
2. Gensler 575 2,480 23.2
3. HOK 456 2,153 21.2
4. Stantec 277 5,977 4.6
5. The Turner Corp. 260 — —
6. SmithGroup 243 817 29.7
7. HDR Architecture 192 1,111 17.3
8. DPR Construction 185 676 27.4
9. CUH2A 161 370 43.5
10. HKS 155 1,148 13.5
11. Mithun 137 197 69.5
12. LPA 126 213 59.2
13. Skanska USA Building 125 — —
14. Leo A Daly 123 1,081 11.4
15. DLR Group 120 556 21.6
16. Gilbane Building Co. 118 1,800 6.6
17. Cannon Design 115 749 15.4
18. JE Dunn Construction Group 110 3,369 3.3
18. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 110 1,280 8.6
20. NBBJ 109 728 15.0
21. Arup 105 8,500 1.2
22. Swinerton Inc. 103 1,280 8.0
23. DMJM H&N 96 1,297 7.4
24. Bovis Lend Lease 94 2,937 3.2
25. Callison 92 638 14.4
26. Moseley Architects 87 227 38.3
26. Webcor Builders 87 — —
28. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca 85 439 19.4
29. Gould Evans Associates 83 205 40.5
30. Perkins Eastman 80 722 11.1
31. Hammel, Green and Abrahamson 79 508 15.6
32. KlingStubbins 75 540 13.9
32. RTKL Associates 75 1,051 7.1
34. M. A. Mortenson Co. 74 1,234 6.0
35. STV Group 70 1,455 4.8
35. Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback 70 300 23.3
37. Flack + Kurtz 69 383 18.0
37. URS Corp. 69 29,308 0.2
39. Jacobs Engineering Group 68 — —
40. CH2M HILL 66 4,704 1.4
41. Affiliated Engineers 65 508 12.8
42. Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern 63 650 9.7
43. RNL Design 62 185 33.5
44. Clark Group 61 2,945 2.1
44. HMC Architects 61 432 14.1
46. KPFF Consulting Engineers 60 853 7.0
47. Cooper Carry 58 287 20.2
48. Clark Nexsen 56 322 17.4
48. Holder Construction 56 377 14.9
50. Einhorn Yaffee Prescott 54 300 18.0
50. Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott 54 180 30.0

Source: 2007 Giants 300 survey
Note: This ranking is based on firms that made the Giants 300 list.

ISUThe following information was send to me by the Iowa State Construction, Civil, and Engineering Department:

CCEE Graduate Programs Now Online!

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering now offers two of its graduate programs – Construction Engineering and Management and Environmental Engineering completely online through Engineering Distance Education. The new online programs make it more convenient and cost-efficient than ever for professionals to attain a master’s degree or certificate. Distance education students learn from the same respected professors and in the same classes as our resident graduate students do – but from anywhere in the world. Visit the EDE website or look for our article in the upcoming the CCEE Alumni Newsletter for more information.

purdueboilermakers.jpgI came across this job posting for an Internship Director for Purdue’s Construction Engineering and Management Program. A brief excerpt of the job description follows:

Provide the Division of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) with the experience and knowledge of a veteran engineering and construction professional to: direct the CEM Internship Program; serve the CEM faculty in activities where professional engineering, construction and management experience is a key factor, and teach courses where experience in professional industry practice is essential to the course needs. Responsible for the design, implementation and direction of the CEM Internship Program, including development of new initiatives. Includes development of policies and procedures to govern the operation of the program. Responsible for the development of strategic goals for the program, including both short-term and long-term goals, as well as communicating how goals are to be met.

Internship Director, Purdue University

washingtonhusky.JPGUW Extension has recently published links to their construction engineering and construction management programs. Select link here to find out more about these programs. A brief outline of the classes (taken from the website) can be found below:

 

Construction, Engineering and Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate
Construction Engineering (online) – Features certificate programs in Heavy Construction Project Management; Infrastructure Construction; and Quantitative Construction Management
Construction Management
Construction Management (online)
Facility Management(online)

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I came across the following list of the winning schools at the AGC / ASC National Student Construction competition (website here)

Ninth Annual National Student Competition Winners

Commercial Division – Sponsored by Turner Construction Company

  1. Clemson University
  2. Arizona State University
  3. University of Washington

Design Build Division – Sponsored by Hensel Phelps Construction Company

  1. Clemson University
  2. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  3. Iowa State University

Heavy Civil Division – Sponsored by Granite Construction Inc

  1. University of Cincinnati
  2. Oregon State University
  3. University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Congratulations to all the regional winners that participated in this national competition.

A few months ago, I took a stab at answering the question above in my post entitled, “What are students looking for in a construction internship?” This post was based on my experience in working with several construction interns over the years. I found another source of information (a much more structured and detailed source of information) on this same topic at Dr. Bradford Sims’ website at www.constructioneducation.com. Dr. Sims’ methodology and survey results can be found at this link and below:

The below survey was given to graduating seniors (SII) and graduate students (G). They were asked to rate each statement on how important it was in maintaining continued employment with the same construction company. 1= not important and 5 = very important. The first column is the average of all responses, the second column is only graduating seniors (SII), and the third column is only for graduate students (G).

TOPIC

G & SII

AVG

N=95

SII

AVG

N=66

G

AVG

N=29

Upward movement in job positions

4.54

4.52

4.45

Company’s reputation within the industry

4.49

4.57

4.31

Stability of Company’s management

4.42

4.50

4.24

Company’s commitment to professionalism

4.39

4.42

4.31

Training

4.28

4.34

4.14

Company’s financial strength

4.28

4.30

4.24

Company’s safety performance/record

4.24

4.30

4.10

Challenging Vs. Mundane Tasks

4.22

4.21

4.24

Turnover rate of Company’s key management personnel

4.20

4.18

4.24

Area of the country you will mostly live

4.19

4.38

3.76

Company culture / Company philosophies

4.17

4.23

4.03

Major Medical Plan

4.17

4.18

4.14

Company’s attitude toward management training

4.17

4.21

4.07

Company’s commitment to integrating technology in the field

4.16

4.12

4.24

Company matching 401K retirement package

4.13

4.17

4.03

Company paid health care benefits

4.12

4.08

4.21

Ability to change positions when you wish to try something new

4.07

4.20

3.93

Depth of Company’s management skills

4.07

4.15

3.90

Company profit sharing

4.01

4.08

3.86

Flexible work environment – attire, work hours

3.98

3.97

4.00

Salary

3.96

3.88

4.14

Dental Plan

3.95

4.03

3.76

Recognition of work performed

3.94

3.92

3.97

Company’s attitude towards continuing education

3.93

3.94

3.90

Turnover rate of others in your position

3.92

3.85

4.07

Vacation/Sick time policy

3.82

3.85

3.76

Company mentoring program

3.79

3.76

3.86

Company’s attitude toward craft training

3.72

3.59

4.00

Work Schedule (number of hours per week)

3.71

3.73

3.66

Ability to focus on the type of construction in which you plan to specialize

3.63

3.67

3.55

Tuition Reimbursement for continuing education

3.58

3.61

3.52

Type of Work (High Tech, Pharmaceutical, office, etc…)

3.58

3.50

3.76

Variety of project types – diverse or specialized?

3.57

3.54

3.66

Company’s client base

3.54

3.59

3.41

Employee recognition program

3.44

3.43

3.45

Overtime work required for a salaried position

3.39

3.29

3.62

Toys- computers, PDA’s, etc…

3.38

3.43

3.28

Allow you to take a leave of absence to pursue a Masters’ degree

3.27

3.32

3.17

Size of company – number of employees

3.22

3.24

3.17

Size of projects – large, medium, small volume?

3.20

3.17

3.28

Size of the organization

3.18

3.17

3.21

Perks company offers (sport tickets, etc…)

3.13

3.20

2.97

Company vehicle

3.12

3.18

2.97

The need to relocate for projects

2.94

2.91

3.00

Travel for your job

2.84

2.71

3.14

Job title

2.80

2.86

2.66

Contact Dr. Sims at 352-392-7288 or via brad@constructioneducation.com for info. If you use or reproduce the survey, please give credit to ConstructionEducation.com and Bradford Sims.

If you find these results interesting and would like to participate as either a graduating Construction Management student or in an upcoming survey for those working in the industry, the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) will be providing an opportunity to fill out one of these surveys.