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eNews, July 2012

eNews, July 2012

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Image of Tony SongerGreetings from the Department of Construction Management.  How the time quickly passes.  We have had another busy year.  I hope you enjoy the information included in this issue.  Please feel free to provide comments and/or content for future issues.

Have a great summer.


Tony Songer






CMA Student Organization

Faculty Advisor: Professor Cline

The Construction Management Association is our student chapter of the AGC.  The club complete a variety of projects this past year notably, the Discovery Center of Idaho bridge renovation and National Inter-Agency Fire Center projects.  The CMA also retained their title for the best homecoming float for the Boise State University Homecoming.  Additional activities include sponsoring the 2nd annual trap shoot competition and construction 7 ½ foot long BBQ grill out of a backhoe bucket.

Discovery Bridge

Image of CM students on Discovery Center bridgeThe existing bridge located in Julia Davis Park was originally designed and built by the BSU Engineering Club in 1989.  After 23 years of hard use the bridge was in a state of disrepair and a hazard to the public. Through funding from NASA in the form of a $10,000 grant the BSU CMA developed a re-design to make the bridge structurally stable esthetically appealing.  The design and construction involved replacing the steps, decking and handrails with Trex composite decking, lifting the bridge and replacing two structural beams, sealing all exposed wooden surfaces with a soy based biodegradable water sealant and placing concrete at the foot of both sets of stairs. All and all 21 members of the CMA, SLC and Engineers in Residence volunteered on the projects construction.  In construction hours alone the man-hours totaled over 700 hours. The bridge was completed ahead of schedule and on budget.  It is now open to the public for safe use crossing over the Boise River to the Discovery Center of Idaho.

NIFC Slab Project 

Image of students working on NIFC Slab ProjectIn the Spring of 2010 the CMA was contacted by the National Inter-Agency Fire Center who was in need of a concrete slab to be placed along with a covered picnic area for their employees.  The CMA provided the

construction management, supervision, and design services for the project.  The club also procured all of the material necessary to complete the job, along with the tools for surveying, excavating and concrete finish work.  This project involved over 100 member hours and because of the time frame involved multiple PMs through the design and construction phase.  The project was completed on time and the total value of the project was around $5,000.  The positive relationship that was developed between the CMA and NIFC will be an ongoing one as designs for the next phase of the picnic area is already underway to start next year.

Homecoming Parade

Image of Boise State homecoming parade floatsThe CMA held on to their reigning title of best float during the homecoming parade this year after building a giant rotating crane and wrecking ball smashing into a brick wall. Involvement was a little lower this year for the parade as it was scheduled very early in the morning, but the CMA still left their mark handing out candy and waving to the crowd.





Faculty Advisor – Professor Wendrowski

Image of NAWIC members working at construction siteThe Department of Construction Management has formed a student chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (“NAWIC”).  The student chapter meets twice per month with local women in the construction industry to discuss issues of particular interest to woman seeking to enter the construction management field.

In June, we joined the Boise chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (“NAWIC”) at its annual MAGIC Camp (“Mentoring a Girl in Construction”).  MAGIC Camp provides girls (ages 13-15) with the opportunity to have fun while learning basic carpentry, electrical, and design skills, and to operate heavy equipment.  Eleven girls attended camp, and, on “Electrical Day,” the girls wired a light switch, wall plug, and light socket; and made their own lamps.  Check out the pink hard hats!!  Other activities included constructing and painting their own tool boxes and tiling and grouting their own tile trivets.


Image of e-Girls working together in classroomOn June 9th, we participated in BSU College of Engineering’s eighth annual e-Girls camp.  Approximately 60 girls joined us and learned that engineers and scientists, including construction managers, think creatively, enjoy working with others, help the world, and have great careers.  The Construction Management Department presented an activity where the girls constructed a multi-colored Lego® watch tower after calculating the quantity of the material in the watch tower, and the cost of the material and labor they would use.




Sigma Lambda Chi

Faculty Advisor – Professor Mincks

Image of display Sigma Lambda Chi made to honor 100 years of girl scoutsSigma Lambda Chi is our honor society.  One significant service project conducted by the society was creating a ceremonial Girl Scout display commemorating the 100th year of girl scouts


Construction Leader Lecture

Image of Grey HowellIn September, we held our annual Construction Leader Lecture.  Our invited speaker was Greg Howell.  Gregory is co-founder and managing director of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), a non-profit organization devoted to production management research in design and construction.  The lecture was titled, “Lean Construction: a Revolution in Design and Construction.”  Greg provided a brief history of lean construction and made some key distinctions on the lean transformation occurring in design and construction and its implications for education.





RENO Competition

The 2012 ASC Region 6&7 and open student competition held Feb 15-18 in Reno NV was another great event in the life of BSU CM. 1200 students from 40 Universities participated in the competition.  BSU CM had over 70 Faculty, staff, and students participated in this year’s competition.  9 teams, competed in problem areas to include; Commercial, Concrete Solutions, Design-Build, Electrical, Heavy Civil, LEED, Marine, Multi-Family, Pre-construction, and Risk.   The hard work and commitment by students, industry coaches, advisors, and staff support paid off as BSU brought home 2nd place in Design-Build, and 2rd place in Risk.

Please visit: Reno Competition 2012 blog to see a great summary of the Reno event.

We would like to thank our team sponsors, corporate and individual donors, and all the industry coaches that help make this fantastic experience possible for our students

TEAM SPONSORS include Andersen Construction, Idaho Youth Education Recycling Program, McMillen, LLC.,  Mountain Power, RSCI, and URS Energy and Construction.

CORPORATE DONORS include: ATS Inland NW, Boise Steel Erectors, ESI, Granite Construction, Knife River Corp., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Staker Parson Co/Idaho Sand and Gravel, Traylor Brothers, USGBC Idaho Chapter, WF Construction

INDIVIDUAL DONORS  include: Fred and Joan Giddings, Tim Jones and Gillian Bailey, Howard and Melodie Lenkersdorfer, Kurt Lenkersdorfer, Lurlene Lenkersdorfer, Paul Marlow and C. Barton-Marlow, Kelly and Ann Newton, John Schafer, Steve Sullivan Ryan Tabuchi, Roger and Mary Thompson, David Waite.

Image of team that participated in ASC student competition with checkImage of team that participated in ASC student competition

December & May Graduations

The Construction Management Alumni Association presented graduating seniors the traditional orange, personalized BSU CM hardhat.

December Outstanding Graduates:  Brian Root and Matt Wilson

May Outstanding Gradate: Shane Medley

May Outstanding Service Award: Daryn Giddings

May Outstanding Service Award: Josh Milton

Image of Fall 2011 CM graduatesImage of Spring 2012 CM graduates

CM in Belize

Image of students at completed playground project in BelizeProfessor Tony Songer introduced a new course, “Social Responsibility in CM” during the spring semester.  The course included spending spring break in the small village of Bella Vista, Belize constructing a playground for kindergartners and helping teach math and english to elementary students. Professor Kirsten Davis joined Tony for the in-country project.    Visit the Belize 2012 blog for a detailed view of the week.

We will be returning to Belize in spring ’13.  Any alumni or companies interested in getting involved please contact


Faculty Publications/Presentations

Casey Cline
“How individuals learn fall protection” (w/ Kirsten Davis), ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX 2012.

Kirsten Davis
“Introducing Mobile Technology into the Construction Management Classroom.”  Management of Construction: Research to Practice 2012 Conference, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“Study Habits of Students in an Introductory-Level Construction Management Course.”  2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX, USA.

“Bridging the Valley of Death: A Preliminary Look at Faculty Views on Adoption of Innovations in Engineering Education.” (with S. Miller and R. Perkins)  2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Tony Songer
Invited Speaker: Drexel University Construction Management Distinguished Lecture Series, 2012.


Image of Cade LawrenceCade Lawrence, Class of ’81

Senior Operations Manager
Hoffman Construction

Cade started with Hoffman Construction right out of school in 1981 and has been working with them now for over (31) years.  He has worked on a diversity of projects (Intel Fabs, MCIW data centers, office buildings, zoo expansion, office buildings, higher – ed facilities, etc…).  His latest adventure was doing a 620 bed psychiatric hospital for the State of Oregon. In regard to my bio it is pretty boring



Alumni, please send us information on your activities!



September 19, 2012: Construction Leader Lecture

September 20, 2012: CM Career Fair

September 20, 2012: CM Tailgate (BYU game)

September 21, 2012: 3nd Annual CMA Skeet Shoot

Image of men walking down dirt road


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