Our Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) student chapter pulled out all the stops, scrambling in one short week to submit a 30 page SOQ (Statement of Qualifications) for a theoretical Design-Build project entry for their region’s DBIA student competition. Despite the short timeline our UMKC team, Design-Build Performance Partners, won first place with a total of 1,906 points at the regional competition. They were awarded $1000 and free registration to attend the national competition in New Orleans on November 7th, 8th, and 9th.
The project was to design a performing arts center on a university campus in Oklahoma following various guidelines outlined in the RFQ. The guidelines included things such as an overall strategy about how we were going to go about the project, adjacency diagrams, initial cost estimate, organizational breakdown, etc. The team only had a week to complete and submit the SOQ from the time the RFQ was first issued. The design-build project delivery method is different from the traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method and this competition was orchestrated to test the UMKC DBIA team’s knowledge and understanding of these differences.
SCE congratulates DBIA team members, Amanda “Mandy” Leipard – Civil Engineering undergrad; Joshua Boehm – Urban Planning & Design, Economics undergrad, and Erwin Quintanilla – Civil Engineering graduate student and team captain, Sean Rivers – Civil Engineering undergrad. SCE civil engineering undergrad Andrew “Andy” O’Laughlin provided additional help. Chuck Williams and Dr. Ceki Halmen are the team’s faculty advisors
The CE 5568 Advanced Planning and Scheduling class visited the new Parks and Public Works Maintenance Facility of the City of Grandview, MO with their professor, Dr. Ceki Halmen. The visit was arranged by the public works director Dennis Randolph. Students attended a presentation by Kelly Edinger Stindt, a UMKC graduate, from SFS architecture on the planning and construction process for the new facility, before they toured the three building complex. Students of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling class are going to work on a detailed cost estimate and construction schedule for this facility this semester.
Tim Sylvester, a SCE electrical computer engineering senior and founder of Integrated Roadways, LLC, was featured in the Wall Street Journal article, Entrepreneurs Dream of Jumping on Super-Fast Network. Tim is one of several KC entrepreneurs that are poised to capitalize on the installation of Google Fiber in Kansas City. Using Google fiber capabilities, Tim’s company plans to embed sensors in the modular pavement slabs they produce in order to capture data related to roadway conditions such as traffic jams, potholes, cracks in addition to measuring vehicle type and throughput. Tim credits his success to the support of the SBTDC, UMKC E-Scholars program, UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, and other small business & entrepreneurial services provided by the University system. He feels blessed to have had the support of so many individuals working tirelessly to help grow new businesses. Tim is currently working to get a contract to build new Bloch Executive Hall parking lots using the IR system and will, in part, be used as a research site for SCE professors Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan, Dr. John Kevern, & Dr. Ceki Halmen.
Our American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter brought home top awards from the ACI Missouri Concrete Conference held on April 26, 2012 at MS&T in Rolla. The conference featured two student competitions organized by construction industry professionals attending the conference. Civil Engineering (CE) senior Kevin Buck won 1st place in the undergraduate poster competition and Master’s CE student Gunjan Sheye won 3rd place in the graduate poster competition. It was clear that team work pays off when CE senior Andrew O’Laughlin and Gunjan Shetye won 1st place for best artistic concrete. The winners were awarded cash prizes sponsored by the ACI Missouri chapter. Completing its first year as a student organization, our UMKC ACI student chapter can take pride in its achievements. CE faculty Ceki Halmen, John Kevern and Ganesh Thiagarajan are ACI student chapter faculty advisors.
Two SCE student organizations, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), recently engaged with area high school students promoting STEM studies and STEM careers. Dr. Ceki Halmen, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, and NSBE members demonstrated to students from Bishop Hogan High School the importance of materials and materials testing in civil engineering. SWE members discussed engineering and college preparation with students at William Chrisman High School. Debby Dilks, long-time SCE staff member, and several SCE students served as volunteers and judges at the 2012 FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship. The event featured 35 teams comprised of 350 elementary and middle school students from Kansas and Missouri. SCE is proud of its outreach tradition and each year its students, faculty and staff are involved in a wide variety of community outreach activities.
The UMKC Student Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) visited JE Dunn Construction Headquarters in downtown KC on Monday, Sep. 19th for a presentation and tour of their new facility. JE Dunn is among the largest contractors in the United States, specializing in various building projects including healthcare, municipal, corporate offices, federal and state facilities. The 15 students and faculty, along with representatives of the DBIA Region from KC, learned that the 200,000 square feet building was designed and built by 360 Architects and JE Dunn on an 18 month schedule to a LEED gold sustainability standard, for approximately $40 Million. The facility features integrated work spaces for team collaboration, some open ceiling and floor areas to view building systems, state of the art technology and facility management capabilities, a cafeteria, gymnasium and recreation / gaming area for employees. JE Dunn employee hiring and intern programs were also discussed. The DBIA Student Chapter is sponsored by the SCE Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, and accepts students from all disciplines.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has just approved a student chapter at UMKC and several students are preparing for the student competition in Tampa, FL in April. Professors Ceki Halmen and John Kevern are faculty advisors.