A message from Dr. Cox
Dear BCM Alumni, Friends, and Industry Partners:
I hope that you will enjoy this version of the Hardhat newsletter.
While the construction industry market has acted much like our Indiana
weather of the past few days (it will not make up its mind and is
responding on the extremes), our BCM faculty and staff continue to
maintain a positive attitude about our beloved program and the
construction industry. The items in this newsletter will share just a
few of our many highlights from Fall 2011.
Bertoline takes over as College of Technology dean
Gary R. Bertoline started his appointment as dean of the Purdue College of Technology July 1.
Benhart appointed assistant department head
BCM is proud to announce the appointment of Brad Benhart, clinical assistant professor, as assistant department head.
In this administrative role, Benhart will work closely with the department head in supporting the daily operations of the BCM program. His primary responsibilities include all aspects of the curriculum, program accreditation, student organizations and student affairs. He will also play a major role in our advisory council meetings, strategic planning, industry / alumni outreach and program assessment.
Benhart is a proven leader who will help us move the BCM program forward through his effective management skills. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solar Decathlon team second in international competition
After eight days of competition, the Purdue INhome entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 took second place overall and in the People’s Choice award.
The team is back home, and their entry is being rebuilt for the
fourth and final time — this time for a family to use in the Chatham
Square subdivision in Lafayette. Once construction is complete, the home
will be open for tours before its first owners move in. The home will
continue to be used for research as well.
After spending more than two years in planning and construction of
their entry, the Purdue team spent three weeks in Washington, D.C., to
take their energy efficiency message to the public. As one of 19 teams
in the competition, Purdue helped give 375,000 tours to the general
public, media, industry professionals and elected officials. More than
18,000 people toured the Purdue home, including Indiana Senator Richard
Lugar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.
BCM master's degree gains state approval
The Indiana Council on Higher Education (ICHE) approved a new
department-level master of science degree in building construction
management. Prior to the approval, the BCM MS degree program was an area
of specialization within the College of Technology. Because the MS degree
was administered at the college level, BCM students received an MS in
Department leads local deep energy retrofit project
Mark Shaurette, with the assistance of graduate students Adam Ryzak
and Eric Holt, is working with the City of Lafayette on a deep energy
retrofit of a foreclosed home located in the Vinton neighborhood. The
Glen Acres and Vinton neighborhoods in Lafayette have been undergoing
revitalization through neighborhood stabilization funding provided by
the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.
ASHE focuses on research, community involvement
The members of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering have been busy with research on ASHE Health Facility Commissioning Guidelines (to be
presented in March), a Monon Health Clinic improvement to comply with
HIPAA regulations and a couple of hospital visits. Read about all of the activities on the Indiana Society for Healthcare Engineering web site.
BCMentors introduce new leadership team
The February 2012 newsletter for the BCMentors is available online. It highlights the new leadership team for the group, scholarship recipients and a spotlight on Women in Construction Management.
Read the newsletter (PDF).
Morris named student responder for commencement
Bryan Morris, a senior in building construction management from
Greenwood, S.C., was the student responder for Purdue's afternoon
commencement, Dec. 18.
After the address from Purdue President France A. Cordova, he addressed graduating seniors from the colleges of Health and Human
Sciences, Pharmacy, Science, Technology and the schools of Management
and Veterinary Medicine.
Read more about Morris and commencement:
'Undercover Boss' gives advice to BCM students
Building construction management students offered knowing laughs as
Belfor Restoration’s CEO reacted to the hands-on jobs he was asked to do
as part of the reality TV show “Undercover Boss.”
Belfor’s Sheldon Yellen visited campus Monday (January 23) to discuss
how his appearance on the television show affected the way he leads his
company, which is the world’s largest disaster restoration construction
company. His presentation, part of a building construction management
class, included clips from the TV appearance.
Working with employees in the field made him love the company more, he said.
Spring 2012 BCM Career Fair
The department of Building Construction Management welcomes the
following companies to the Purdue University campus, February 10, 2012
for the Spring BCM Career Fair.
Bechtel's Zukley offers support for new industrial construction course
John Zukley of Bechtel has provided valuable assistance for the last
two years to support a new industrial construction course initiative
being offered to BCM students.
Zukley is the field project control
manager for the Las Bambas copper project, a $4.2 billion copper
concentrator project high in the Peruvian Andes. He visited class in
Fall 2011 to discuss the project and provide valuable insight about
working on large industrial projects overseas. He has also supported the
class via online video sessions (Skype) from Peru.
FTR International partners with BCM
Recognizing that the future of construction management will be on
a global stage, FTR International partnered with Purdue’s BCM program to
help students experience international construction experiences.
is for the students of Purdue to help them enhance their practical
experience and overseas exposure," said Nazir Katbi, CEO of FTR
International, which is an international contractor based in Irvine,
Calif. “There is an immediate need for professional construction
managers in many foreign countries. Saudi Arabia happens to be one of
FTR International sponsored a May 2011 study abroad program
to Saudi Arabia for BCM students. The goal was to give students a
chance to shadow and be immersed in the demands of international
Students enriched by Costa Rica trip
Daphene Koch, assistant professor of building construction
management, led a group of 10 Purdue University undergraduates and
graduate students on a service learning course in Costa Rica. They
visited the country for 20 days in May and June 2011.
CoT in the headlines
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Jun 9-13: TOTAL camp for 7th and 8th graders
Jun 11-13: Purdue Summer Leadership Institute, College of Technology at Richmond
Jun 13-16: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 20-23: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 23-27: TEAM camp for 9th and 10th graders
Jun 27-30: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Jun 30 - Aug 2: STEM Academic Boot Camp.
Jul 10-12: Tapestry Workshop for high school leaders and teachers
Jul 11-14: Electric Go-Kart summer camp, College of Technology, South Bend
Oct 18-20: Deming Institute: Out of the Crisis – New Thinking for a Sustainable World, Purdue University