MLSoC

MYERS LAWSON SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTION

Director’s Message

Brian Kleiner
Director and Ralph H. Bogle Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

 

2016-17 was an epic year for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC).  With the milestone of 10 years since our founding, came celebrations to celebrate the past, and a bold vision for the future. At the spring banquet in May of 2016, we celebrated the past – 10 years of MLSoC, 70 years of Building Construction, and 30 years of the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program. At the Spring Banquet in May of 2017, we celebrated the School’s leadership and strong presence in Virginia Tech’s Human-Centered Intelligent Infrastructure Destination Area.  

Thanks to the tremendous leadership and generosity of industry supporters, $25 million was raised for the Intelligent Infrastructure and Construction Complex. With University matching funds, Hitt Hall will be built adjacent to Bishop-Favrao Hall, and it will adjoin a second new building for Intelligent Infrastructure fusion activities and smart dining.

The Program in Real Estate was named a joint program with the MLSoC as well, and will be collocated in the new facilities.  In addition, a drone cage, Hyperloop track, smart design and construction innovation facility and other facilities will be constructed, presenting Virginia Tech as the premier destination for Intelligent Infrastructure and Human-Centered research, innovation, and education.  

Congratulations are in order for the Department of Building Construction (BC) which received accreditation renewal from the American Council for Construction (ACCE) this year.

 


 

Our Faculty and Staff

This year also represented personnel transitions.  Yvan Beliveau completed his term as the Department Head of Building Construction.  Andrew McCoy took over as department head on June 10th, 2017.  

Tanyel Bulbul was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, and Andrew McCoy was promoted to Full Professor.  In addition, Principal Faculty member, Pablo Tarazaga from Mechanical Engineering, was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor.  

We are delighted to announce two new Assistant Professors will be joining the faculty in the Fall.  Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan will help with BC’s student growth, and will add a new dimension to the department’s research portfolio.  Abiola Akanmu has been hired to support Smart Design and Construction in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities destination area.

I was nominated to assume the role of International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) North America director.  Andrew McCoy and Georg Reichard each received Preston and Catharine White Professor Fellowships.   

Chema de la Garza was named the 2016 CII Outstanding Researcher of the Year and Thom Mills received the 2016 ASC Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award.  

Andrew McCoy and Mel Jones made several high level presentations to state officials regarding housing in the Commonwealth.  Although not singled out here, many other faculty and staff received awards, performed important work, and most importantly, impacted the lives and professional careers of approximately 500 BC and CEM undergraduate students, and dozens of graduate students in VCEMP, BC, and Environmental Design and Planning (EDP).  Our faculty is a diverse, competent, and frankly, fun cohort with whom I have the pleasure of working.

 


 

Our Founders

Ross Myers and John Lawson

Ross Myers and John Lawson continue to enable successful outcomes at the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.  The University bestowed its highest honor, the Ruffner medal to John Lawson in the May Commencement Ceremony.  The rain did not dampen the admiration we all had in the MLSoC for John. The medal recognizes individuals who have performed notable and distinguished service to the university.  Under Ross’ leadership, Allan Myers was named #1 in Mid-Atlantic Transportation by ENR.  We are grateful for the continued encouragement, leadership and support of our namesakes.

 


 

Our Deans

The MLSoC is looking forward to our two new incoming deans, to whom the School reports.  In August, Julia Ross will be leading the College of Engineering, and in October, Richard Blythe will take over the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  Blythe joins us from RMIT in Australia, with whom we have had a partnership for 15 years.  We thank interim Dean of Engineering, Don Taylor, for his leadership and support, and Dean Jack Davis for his more than a decade of service.  Both will have new roles at the University, and we look forward to working with them in their new roles.

 


 

Our Industrial Partners

Brett Hitt was awarded the highest honor at the MLSoC, the Myers-Lawson Award at the Spring Awards Ceremony.  He serves as co-president of Hitt Contracting, based in the D.C. area. Under his leadership, HITT has grown steadily and today is ranked among the 100 Top General Contractors nationwide, with 12 offices coast-to-coast.  His efforts to simplify the company’s overall construction delivery process through implementation of web-based project management and building information modeling (BIM) is a benchmark for the Industry, and demonstrates a benchmark for smart design and construction.

Outstanding VCEMP Alumni were Josh Zilke and James W. Bryant.  The BC Alumni recognized were Austin Beach and Jonathan Barbour.  The CEM Outstanding Alumnus for 2017 is Tyler Shawcross.

Co-founder of DPR, Doug Woods, visited and presented to a packed house of students, sharing his and the company’s history.  Recently, I had the opportunity to visit DPR Headquarters in California and am even more impressed with Doug and the company. Many other owners, CEOs and others visited the School this past year.  We are grateful for our close partnerships with Industry.

We hosted two Career Fairs this year.  Both were filled to capacity, were attended by students at all ranks, and multiple majors.  MLSoC students continue to participate in multiple internships, receive multiple job offers and experience 100% placement.  

 


 

Our Students

In support of the University’s vision for being a destination for intelligent infrastructure for human-centered communities, the School has been given new growth targets.  BC and Real Estate will double in size, and CEM will triple in size over the next five years.  We are committed to maintain, and even improve the quality of our educational programs as we experience growth.  This quality is observed in our students.  For example, students in the Build Lab have been supporting a number of campus projects, including Hyperloop, and the Lowe’s Exosuit.  

This past May, we held our first “Hardhatting” ceremony.  Why this ceremony? The BS in Building Construction is an American Council for Construction (ACCE) accredited degree program, and is awarded through the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  The BS in Construction Engineering and Management is accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and is awarded through the College of Engineering.  BC graduates, family and friends took part in the CAUS ceremony in Burruss Hall Auditorium while the CEM graduates, family and friends attended the COE commencement ceremony in Cassell Coliseum.  In addition, graduate students attend a third ceremony. While these students receive their degrees from different colleges, they take classes together, share one School culture and facilities, study together, intern together, and do capstones together, and thus, the hardhatting ceremony gave us an opportunity to individually recognize BC, CEM and graduate students before friends and family.  Presenting the individual achievements of the students is a humbling experience. They are all so good.  While nearly impossible to single any student out, the outstanding BC student this year was Ben Carpenter, and the outstanding CEM student was James Martin.  

 


 

Our Culture

 

At the MLSoC, our core values define us as a community of students, faculty, staff, and industry board members.  Our core values are:

  • Values-based leadership.
  • Excellence in innovative and creative learning and discovery environments, where our students and sponsors come first, respectively.
  • Safely integrating and sustaining a healthy built environment.
  • We cross boundaries.
  • We value Community, including diversity and inclusion; industry partnerships; Ut Prosim, and enjoying the work we do, and with whom we do the work.

Expanding on one of these values for 2016-2017, we have adopted a mission to diversify the industry.  We currently graduate twice as many women who will go on to become Construction Managers, then the percentage of women currently serving as CMs in the Industry.  The Building Women in Construction (BWIC) group is given much credit for helping us create an inclusive culture.  Katy Maher, president, presented “Stories From the Field” at Art & Architecture Library in celebration of Women’s Month.  After a comprehensive search, two women emerged as the best candidates for Assistant Professor positions in Building Construction, and Construction Engineering and Management.  Dr. Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan (BC) and Dr. Abiola Akanmu (CEM) will started August 10th.  Some faculty research is also focused in this area.  For example, Denise Simmons was awarded a National Science Foundation grant, entitled, “GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity”.  

The next section provides some examples of our Community and service value.

 


 

Our Outreach

We start early in preparing the future construction management and engineering professional workforce.  Almost 100 children, K – 8th grade, participated in STEAMup: Inspiring Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. STEAMup was the culmination of months of planning by over 30 graduate students and the result of Josh Iorio’s Leadership Class Project.  Additional, similar camps are run during the summer months.

To assist the Industry in having high school students choose construction as a career of first choice, the school (Iorio and Board member, Walter Story) partnered with the Fauquier County Public School System, Lord Fairfax Community College, the Department of Economic Development for Fauquier County and local industry leaders to develop and pilot test a course titled “Careers in Design, Construction and Operations of the Built Environment.”   The purpose of the course is to encourage students to pursue careers in the industry by providing them with hands-on experience through field trips and industry classroom workshops. Student mentors include trade workers, contractors, project managers, and executives involved in design, construction and operations of the built environment. The instruction is centered around a design project where students will design a structure that meets a community need and then model the structure both physically and virtually. The semester culminates in a mock career fair where students will practice interviewing and preparing resumes for a career in the Industry.

Then, there is Ut Prosim.  Student groups and individual students participated in numerous service learning projects and activities.  For example, this past Wintermester, VCEMP graduate student, Clark “Walker” Olsen, attended the VT Engage service learning trip to El Cerito, Dominican Republic. In the Dominican, Walker was able to work closely with natives and other Virginia Tech Students in constructing two bathrooms and a community garden.

For our Spring Break service learning project, an interdisciplinary design-build project was delivered for a charter school in Kaua’i, Hawaii, accompanied by Renee Ryan.  Ten students in the School of Architecture + Design and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction built a building that functions as a center for the school’s garden where vegetables are grown for student lunches.

 


 

Industry Board Update

Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Chair, Bob Wells, announced his stepping down after 17 years leading MLSoC and BC boards.  Mark Hourigan is the new IAB Chair.  In addition to new leadership of the board, there have been exciting changes to structure and process.  In lieu of a fall board meeting in Blacksburg, three regional meetings will be held in Richmond, Tidewater, and Washington, D.C.  This will be an opportunity to engage young alumni and industry stakeholders, who previously were not engaged.  The meetings will include both social and business components.  

The Board has been restructured to reflect the school’s current three thrust areas for research, teaching, and outreach.  Rather than have separate committees for these three mission areas, all three mission areas will be the focus of communities of practice.  These communities of practice are Smart Design Construction, Human-Centered Issues, and Infrastructure and Project Management.

 


 

Smart Design and Construction

 

The MLSoC is providing leadership in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities destination area.  I am especially thankful for the roles David Goldsmith and Andrew McCoy have played.  Here are a few examples of some of the happenings in Smart Design and Construction.

Virginia Tech and Lowe’s have joined forces to develop an exosuit — a wearable suit with lift-assist technology — currently in pilot at Lowe’s Christiansburg, Virginia, store. The lightweight exosuit is designed to help employees lift and move product through the store more efficiently.  David Weisbrodt, a junior in Building Construction, is a member of the undergraduate team.

The Virginia Tech VHYPER (Hyper Loop) team unveiled the first complete iteration of its pod.  The carbon fiber pod was made with molds from our BuildLAB.  Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system using a passenger-carrying pod in a near-vacuum tube that is envisioned to reach speeds in excess of 700 mph.  Also announced was a plan to build a test track on the Blacksburg campus, the first of its kind on the East Coast, in support of the intelligent infrastructure destination area.

Several funded projects are also underway.

 

Selected Funded Projects

Construction Industry Institute (CII) – Measuring the Productivity of Model-based Engineering, PIs: de la Garza, Mani Golparvar-Fard, Martin Fischer

National Science Foundation (NSF)- RSB: Performance-based decision support system for resilient and sustainable multi-hazard building design, PIs Madeleine Flint, Jesus de la Garza, Matthew Eatherton, Celal G. Olgun, Jennifer Irish, Roberto Leon, Georg Reichard, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek

Dean of the Graduate School, Virginia Tech – Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP). Bio-Inspired Buildings: Integrating Building and Biological Systems Theories to Transform the Built Environment; Sponsor, PI: M. Garvin; Co-PIs: A. Buikema, I. Moore, R. Mueller, A. Pearce, G. Reichard, J. Taylor, D. Dickerson

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) – A Pilot Study for Augmenting Situational Awareness and Real-Time Risk Analysis for Construction Workers through Smart Safety Glasses, PIs: Bulbul, Gabbard

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health(NIOSH) /Center for Protecting Workers’ Rights – USGBC’s PtD Pilot Credit: Evaluating Effectiveness and Building a Foundation for Implementation, PI: A. Pearce; Co-PI: M. Behm

Selected Invited Presentations

de la Garza, Jesus (2016) “Transportation Innovations Tomorrow” Keynote presentation given at the Garver Leadership Conference, Richmond, Virginia

Selected Journal Articles

Johnston, B., Bulbul, T., Beliveau, Y., & Wakefield, R. (2016). An Assessment of Pictographic Instructions Derived from a Virtual Prototype to Support Construction Assembly Procedures. Automation in Construction, 64, 36-53.

Langar, S., & Pearce, A. (2016). Implementation trends for Rainwater Harvesting Technologies and Strategies (RwHTS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Journal of Architectural Engineering.

Weidman, Justin E., Deborah E. Dickerson, and C. Theodore Koebel (2016). Technology Champions: A Theory-Based Intervention to Improve Adoption of Occupational Safety Innovations. International Journal of Construction Education and Research: 1-15.

Zhao, D., McCoy, A. P., Du, J., Agee, P., & Lu, Y. (2017). Interaction effects of building technology and resident behavior on energy consumption in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 134, 223-233. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.10.049

 


 

Human-Centered Issues

Maria Saxton, an Environmental Design and Planning Ph.D. student is passionate about affordable housing.  Having witnessed first-hand the regional housing shortage through her experiences with the VT Appalachian Service Project, she regards affordable, quality housing as a fundamental human right.  She has dedicated her doctoral studies to finding possible solutions to the crisis and, most notably, in what possibilities the micro homes movement could offer.  Tiny house living is a movement in which people choose to downsize their living space because of environmental, financial or other personal concerns.  When she learned that micro homes were being used in urban areas to house homeless populations, she felt the pull to get involved.  With the help of Annie Pearce, she designed a study to observe this alternative affordable housing approach. Her experiences meeting the residents of these communities and hearing their stories further ignited her passion for these issues.

We had the opportunity to present our health and safety research to Deborah A.P. Hersman, President & CEO of the National Safety Council (former Chairwoman of NTSB).  To support Safety Week, a student-led safety blitz was also held.

Denise Simmons received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, “Preparing a 21st Century STEM Workforce: Defining & Measuring Leadership in Engineering Education.”  Several additional funded projects are underway to support the “human-centered” component of Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities.   

Selected Funded Projects

Associated General Contractors of America – Data Mining for Improved Safety and Health; Sponsor, PI: Kleiner

CEO Safety Committee– Development of a Transformative Safety Leadership Program for Construction Educators; PI Iorio

Clemson University – Proposal Development GOALI: An Engagement of Academia, Industry, and Organizations, PI Simmons

Department of Health & Human Services Occupational Safety and Health in Green Buildings: LEED PtD Credit, PIs: Pruden-Bagchi, Edwards, Pearce

Housing Virginia – Resident Energy Education as the Next Step for Affordable Housing, PI: Jones; Co-PI: McCoy

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Safety & Ergonomics Training, PIs:  Nussbaum Maury A, Dickerson Deborah E, Srinivasan Divya, Gabbard Joseph L, Lau Nathan

National Science Foundation – Collaborative Research: Preparing Engineers to address Climate Change and its Implications: Modeling Impact of College Experiences on Students Beliefs and Agency, PI: Shealy

National Science Foundation – GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity: Hearts of GOLD, PIs: P. Grady Dixon, Kathleen Quardokus Fisher, LaToya Myles, Denise Simmons, Eric Kaufman

National Science Foundation (NSF)- Preparing a 21st Century STEM Workforce: Defining & Measuring Leadership in Engineering Education, PIs Clegorne Nicholas A and Simmons Denise

USDA/Forest Service, Department of Agriculture – A National Study of the Effects of Tree canopy, Diversity and Health on Property Values, Phase I, PIs: Boyle Kevin, Cobourn Kelly M, McCoy Andrew P, Wiseman Phillip E

USDA/Forest Service, Department of Agriculture – A National Study of the Effects of Tree canopy, Diversity and Health on Property Values, Phase II, PIs: Boyle Kevin, Cobourn Kelly M, McCoy Andrew P, Wiseman Phillip E

Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience – Tiny Home Communities: Potential Incubators for a Sustainable and Resilient Society; Sponsor, PI: Pearce

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)  Pathways Minor Award – Global STEM Pathways Minor; Sponsor, PI: D. Simmons

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), PI: Simmons, D.

Institute for Culture, Society, and the Environment – Trends and Stakeholder Perceptions of Radon-resistant Home Construction, PIs: D. Dickerson, A. McCoy

Selected Journal Articles

Albert, A., Hallowell, M. R., Skaggs, M. and Kleiner, B.M. Empirical measurement and improvement of hazard recognition skill.  Safety Science.  Volume 93, pp. 1-8 March, 2017

Gausepohl, K., Winchester, W., Smith-Jackson, T., Kleiner, B. M., & Arthur, J. (2016). A conceptual model for the role of storytelling in design: leveraging narrative inquiry in user-centered design (UCD). Health and Technology, 6(2).

Pishdad-Bozorgi, P., & Beliveau, Y. J. (2016). A schema of trust building attributes and their corresponding integrated project delivery traits. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 12(2), 142-160.

Pishdad-Bozorgi PhD & Yvan J. Beliveau PE, PhD. (2016). Symbiotic Relationships between Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Trust; International Journal of Construction Education and Research.

Saunders, L. W., McCoy, A. P., Kleiner, B. M., Lingard, H., Cooke, T., Mills, T., Wakefield, R. (2016). International benchmarking for performance improvement in construction safety and health. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 23(4), 916-936

Shealy, T., Valdes-Vasquez, R., Klotz, L., Potvin, G., Godwin, A., Cribbs, J., & Hazari, Z. (2016). Half of Students Interested in Civil Engineering Do Not Believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, D4016003. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000323

Shealy, T., Valdes-Vasquez, R., Klotz, L., Potvin, G., Godwin, A., Cribbs, J., & Hazari, Z. (2016). Career Outcome Expectations Related to Sustainability among Students Intending to Major in Civil Engineering. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 142(1), 04015008. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000253

Weidman, J., Dickerson, D. E., & Koebel, C. T. (2016). Effective Intervention Strategy to Improve Worker Readiness to Adopt Ventilated Tools. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(8), 7 pages. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001123

Zhao, D., McCoy, A. P., Kleiner, B. M., Mills, T. H., & Lingard, H. (2016). Stakeholder perceptions of risk in construction. Safety Science, 82, 111-119. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.002

Zhao, D., McCoy, A. P., Kleiner, B. M., Du, J., & Smith-Jackson, T. L. (2016). Decision-Making Chains in Electrical Safety for Construction Workers. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(1), 11 pages. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001037

Zhao, D., McCoy, A. P., Kleiner, B. M., Smith-Jackson, T. L., & Liu, G. (2016). Sociotechnical Systems of Fatal Electrical Injuries in the Construction Industry. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(1), 10 pages. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001036

Zhao, D., Mccoy, A., Kleiner, B., & Feng, Y. (2016). Integrating safety culture into OSH risk mitigation: A pilot study on electrical safety.  Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 22(6), 800-807. doi:10.3846/13923730.2014.914099

Selected Invited Presentations

Goren, C., Simmons, D. R., & McNair. (2016). Where we’ve been to where we’re going: Linking the history of the civil engineering profession to the professional formation of future civil engineering students. Poster session presented at the meeting of American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, LA.

Kleiner, B. M. (2016). “Data Mining, Analysis, and Visualization for Construction Fatality Prevention”. Associated General Contractors of America Health and Safety Conference, Washington, DC, July 28, 2016. (Invited Presentation)

Kleiner, B. M. (2016). “Power to Improve Hazard Identification for Occupational Safety and Health”. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, April 8, 2016. (Invited Lecture)

Kleiner, B. M. (2016). “Funding Your Research: The NIOSH Funding Ride.” Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, May 20, 2016. (Invited Presentation)

Kleiner, B.M. (2016) “The Teacher Who Happened to be President”. Torgersen Leadership Summit. (Invited Presentation). Feb 20, 2016.

Langar, S., Pearce, A. R., & Gay Alanis, L. F. (2016). Impact of social geography towards achieving LEED Platinum Facilities in developing and developed countries. Entretextos, 1(1).

Pearce, A. R. and Manion, W. (2016). Service Learning for Sustainability: Ideals to Practice. Entretextos, 1(1).

 


 

Infrastructure and Project Management

VCEMP led the 29th Annual Transportation Construction Management Institute for VDOT and stakeholders.  MLSoC instructors included Brian Kleiner (safety leadership), Chema de la Garza (scheduling), Mike Garvin (Delivery/P3), Farrokh Jazizadeh (information modeling and project life-cycle management), Tripp Sheally (Envision rating system).  Maria E. Nieves won the CMAA Foundation Scholarship from among a pool of well-qualified applicants and was the only graduate student to receive this recognition in the nation. She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation entitled: “Traffic-based framework for measuring resilience of ground transportation systems under normal and extreme conditions.”  The Honorable Thomas Davis Rust delivered the annual Vecellio lecture.  His well-attended presentation was entitled, “Infrastructure – Our Nation and Virginias Future.”  Tripp Shealy (PI) received a three-year $239,678 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled, “Collaborative Research: Preparing engineers to address climate change and its implications on sustainability.”  Many more funded research projects were conducted this year.

Selected Funded Projects

City of Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach Housing Needs Assessment, Market Analysis, and Re-investment Study, PI: McCoy

FAHE – Need for Mobile Home Replacement in Central Appalachia; PIs: Jones, M., Koebel, C., McCoy, A.

Georgia Department of Transportation– Flash Tracking for Accelerated Project Delivery (APD), PIs: Pishdad-Bozorgi, Pardis, de la Garza, Jesus M

Housing Virginia– Housing Affordability Sourcebook and Playbook, PI: Jones; Co-PI: McCoy, Gracanin, Zhao

Housing Virginia – Economic Impact of the Housing Trust Fund for the State of Virginia, PI: McCoy

James City County, Virginia – James City County Housing Study; Sponsor, PI: Jones, Co-PI: McCoy, Koebel

National Science Foundation – Collaborative Research: Toward an Integrated, Lifecycle Governance Framework for Delivering Civil Infrastructure Systems, PI: Garvin.

National Science Foundation –  Intentional Defaults for More Sustainable Infrastructure; Sponsor, PI:  Shealy

National Science Foundation – Towards a Sustainable Residential Hot Water Infrastructure: Optimizing Public Health, Water Savings, and Energy Goals, Co-PIs: A. Pearce, M. Edwards, A. Pruden-Bagchi

University Grant Commission (India) – International Program and Sustainable Infrastructure Development, PIs: Hall, Garvin, Shalini.

Virginia Association of Realtors – Virginia Association of Realtors Home Sales Reports, PI: McCoy

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) – Flash Tracking for Accelerated Project Delivery (APD), PI: de la Garza, Co-PI: Pishdad-Bozorgi

Virginia Housing Development Authority – Virginia Economic Development and Housing, PI: McCoy; Co-PI: Jones, Sanchez, and Koebel

Virginia Transportation Research Council – Case Studies of Distressed and Bankrupt P3 Projects & Preliminary Investigation of P3 Benefits,  PI: Garvin.

Selected Journal Articles

Chambers, B. D., Kuhar, T. P., Pearce, A. R., Leskey, T. C., & Reichard, G. (2016). Structure access and settling site preferences of overwintering brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys). Published abstract, Entomology Section. Virginia Journal of Science, 67(1).

Dickerson, Deborah E. (2016) Environmental relative burden index: a streamlined life cycle assessment method for facilities pollution prevention. Journal of Green Building: 95-107.

Dickerson, Deborah E., and Paul J. Ackerman (2016). Risk-based Maintenance Management of US Public School Facilities. Procedia Engineering 145: 685-692.

Guevara, J., Garvin, M. J. and Ghaffarzadegan, N. (2016). “Capability Trap of the US Highway System: Policy and Management Implications,” Journal of Management in Engineering (in press).

Harris, N., Shealy, T., & Klotz, L. (2016). How Exposure to “Role Model” Projects Can Lead to Decisions for More Sustainable Infrastructure. Sustainability, 8(2), 130. doi:10.3390/su8020130

Harris, N.; Shealy, T.; Klotz, L. (2016) Choice Architecture as a Way to Encourage a Whole Systems Design Perspective for More Sustainable Infrastructure. Sustainability, 9, 54. doi:10.3390/su9010054

Mohammadpour, A., Anumba, C. J., Bulbul, T., Messner, J., Singh, G., & Singh, R. (2016). Impact Analysis of Facility Failures on Healthcare Delivery Process: Use Case–Driven Approach. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30(4).

Pishdad-Bozorgi, P., Austin, R. B., & de la Garza, J. M. (2016). Network Analysis of Flash-Track Practices. ASCE, Journal of Management in Engineering, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000466, 04016024

Pishdad-Bozorgi, P., de la Garza, J. M., & Austin, R. B. (2016). Readiness Assessment for Flash Tracking. ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering & Management, 142(12), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001190, 06016005

Shealy, T., Klotz, L., Weber, E. U., Johnson, E. J., & Bell, R. G. (2016). Using Framing Effects to Inform More Sustainable Infrastructure Design Decisions. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(9), 04016037. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001152

Shealy, T., & Klotz, L. (2016). Choice Architecture as a Strategy to Encourage Elegant Infrastructure Outcomes. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 04016023. doi:10.1061/ (ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000311

Selected Invited Presentations

Austin, R., Pishdad-Bozorgi, P. & de la Garza, J. M. (2016). Successful Delivery of Flash Track Projects, Research Report, RR311-11, Construction Industry Institute, Austin, Texas

Dale, W.S., D’Onofrio, R., Furniss, B.J., de la Garza, J.M., “ASCE/ANSI Standard Guidelines of Schedule Delay Analysis,” Project Management College of Scheduling, May 15-18, 2016, Chicago, Illinois.

de la Garza, Jesus (2016). TEDx Talk, America’s Lifelines  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hXy4W9PZrY, Herndon, Virginia

D’Onofrio, R., Anderson, J., de la Garza, J.M., Halligan, D., Regnery, F., “Schedule Delay Analysis Standard Guideline,” ASCE, Construction Institute Summit, March 9-12, 2016, Orlando, Florida.

Garvin, M. J. “Improving PPP Governance for Infrastructure Delivery,” ARTBA’s 27th Annual Conference on Public Private Partnerships, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2016.

Shealy, T. (2016). The benefits and challenges of adopting the Envision Rating System for Sustainability into practice: Lessons learned from a water treatment plant project. South Carolina Environmental Conference. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Shealy, T. (2016). Envision Certification – Forging New Paths in Sustainability in South Carolina. American Public Works Association. Roanoke, Virginia.

Shoghli, O., and de la Garza, J.M., “Trade-off Analysis for Optimal Multi-Objective Asset Management of Roadway Maintenance,” Poster, TRB 95th Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016, Washington, DC.

 


 

Conclusion

In conclusion, this is a great time to be in the construction industry, and it is a joy to be a supplier of research products, professional employees, innovative solutions, continuing education, and service to the Architecture/Engineering/Construction supply chain.  The teamwork and core value for service exhibited by our faculty, staff, industry, and students is matched by none.  Together, we are diversifying the industry, developing and innovating tomorrow’s smarter design and construction means, methods, materials, and products.  Simultaneously, our human-centered foci on health and safety, workforce development, leadership, and management creates a truly human-centered approach to intelligent infrastructure and project management.  Whether you are a high school junior, prospective industry partner, prospective research sponsor, or simply a stakeholder who is passionate about the industry, you are invited to connect, engage, and take the journey with us.

 


 

Additional Publications (Conference Papers)

Abuzaid, A., & Reichard, G. (2016). An Assessment of Utilizing Phase Change Materials (PCM) Towards Energy Performance in Building Enclosures. In Proceedings of the 3rd Residential Building Design and Construction Conference. State College, PA: The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center.

Barluenga, G., Ladipo, O., Reichard, G., & Leon, R. (2016). Cement Based Facades for Mid-Rise Commercial Sustainable Buildings. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on concrete Sustainability. International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE).

Barluenga, G., Ladipo, O., Reichard, G., & Leon, R. T. (2016). Assessment of resilience and sustainability of cement based facades for mid-rise commercial buildings exposed to coastal and seismic hazards. In Proceedings of the 2016 International Concrete Sustainability Conference.

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