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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.

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.

texasamaggies.jpgFrom time to time, students visit this blog to determine the differences between construction management / engineering / sciences and other degrees. This link at the Texas A & M Website, offers one response to the differences between construction science and environmental design. A brief excerpt is below:

The focus of the Construction Science degree is on managing the construction process. Students graduating with an Bachelor of Construction Science degree can work for General Contractors and developers. Contractors and developers can be involved with building construction, road and bridge construction, industrial or commercial construction. The Department of Construction Science offers courses in project control systems. (scheduling and estimating), construction law and industry, soils and foundations.

texasamaggies.jpgI came across Texas A&M Strategic Plan for the Department of Construction Science. This plan is for the time frame from 1999 to 2005 and it provides interesting insight into the performance parameters for the large construction college. A portion of the introduction from the strategic plan follows:

Construction Science is an emerging field. Today, construction accounts for 8-9 percent of the nations GDP and employs about seven million workers. Historically, construction managers were trained “on-the-job”. Good engineers and architects became good project managers, good businessmen, and good leaders through trial and error. In the past, formal construction management training was available almost as an afterthought in engineering and architectural schools. Construction Science programs that have sprung up in other universities around the nation in the last ten years are an acknowledgement that formal education is essential to produce excellent construction managers and future leaders in the construction industry, one of the largest industries in the nation.

The Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, has long been known as one of the best programs of its kind in the world. It is THE LARGEST in terms of student population, the number of graduates produced, and the number of faculty. It can become, without question, THE BEST Construction Science program in the world if this Strategic Plan is implemented successfully.

The Department’s Strategic Plan is to provide purpose and direction for all actions of the Department. It sets priorities and provides a common vision that every member of the Department should consider in their day-to-day activities.

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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.

 

Check out the article below from the ABC Website. The full article can be found at: http://www.abc.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=6885

Construction management students from across the country gathered in Nashville March 21-24 to compete in ABC’s seventh annual Student Construction Management Competition. Teams of four students from 24 colleges and universities across the nation competed in the contest’s first round on March 21. Five finalist teams advanced to a second round.

“ABC’s Student Construction Management Competition brings together the top construction management students nationwide and gives them a glimpse into the real world of construction,” said Dave Meyer, 2007 ABC national chairman. “Every year, the competition gets bigger and better, and I am always inspired by the dedication of these students. They are constantly challenging themselves to be the best, and this competition gives them a showcase for their considerable talents.”

The 2007 Student Construction Management Competition drew teams from a record number of 24 colleges and universities, competing for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the coveted “Construction Management Champions” title. Students competed in three areas: project management/scheduling; estimating and safety. Awards were given in each area, as well as an overall award for highest total points.

The 2007 Student Chapter Management Competition Winners are:

Construction Management Champions (team with the highest overall total points)
First Place: University of Cincinnati
Second Place: University of Florida
Third Place: Brigham Young University
Fourth Place: University of Southern Mississippi
Fifth Place: Florida International University

Estimating
First Place: University of Florida
Second Place: Florida International University
Third Place: University of Southern Mississippi

Safety
First Place:University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Second Place: Montgomery College
Third Place: Brigham Young University

Project Management /Scheduling
First Place: University of Cincinnati
Second Place: University of Florida
Third Place: Brigham Young University