Diamond Sponsors DayCM Department Hosts Diamond Sponsors Day

February 12, 2018

The Diamond Level sponsors of the 2017 Construction Management Industry Advisory Board Annual Fundraiser Gala were invited to participate in a special career fair held by the department on February 7, 2018. The invited 2017 Diamond Sponsors included:

  • Batson-Cook Construction
  • C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc.
  • Fortune and Johnson, Inc.
  • Hogan Construction Group
  • Holder Construction Group
  • Inglett and Stubbs Electrical Construction
  • Martin Concrete Construction, Inc.
  • Parrish Construction Group
  • The Beck Group
  • Turner Construction

These companies had the benefit of meeting all of the interested construction management students and recent graduates in a small setting, allowing them to have extended one-on-one time with each student. The Construction Management Department ensured that all CM students aspiring for an internship or a full-time position had the opportunity to come to the event so there will be a wide variety of applicants to suit the needs of recruiting organizations.

This year’s upcoming Annual Fundraiser Gala is scheduled to take place on September 20, 2018. For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 event will be announced on the webpage once available.


Bennett Thrasher and KSU Release Survey Results of Georgia’s Privately Held Construction CompaniesDr. Siddiqi

January 31, 2018

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Construction Management, shared a presentation for the Construction Management program with 80 CEOs and CFOs from premier construction firms in Georgia. The Lunch and Learn Session was held on January 30, 2018 at Maggianos, Cumberland Mall.

He presented recruiting options and strategies that require a commitment at the corporate level of the organization and forming relationships with universities.

“The most important area that continues to stand out in both the 2016 and 2017 survey outcomes is recruiting and retention strategies used by organizations. It’s the human capital which is linked to profitability, compensation and technology."

Dr. Siddiqi further stated, “Most organizations at present would not consider approaching a client acquisition strategy without a clear value proposition, segmentation, profitable fee structure, collateral, sales approach and brand. Yet, when it comes to talent acquisition, we tend to abandon strategy and focus on the immediate need and/or technical resumes.”

According to Dr. Siddiqi, acquiring and retaining talent is actually no different from acquiring and retaining clients. You need to develop a strategy, filter through an unwavering culture, and execute with a strong marketing approach.

This presentation was previously made before a national audience (ACCE IAB Best Practices) for a workshop in Orlando, Florida in February 2017. Dr. Siddiqi cited co-presenters Rodney Smith, President of Parrish Construction, and Paul Hogan, President of Hogan Construction Group. He presented a strong marketing approach toward hiring and retention of construction professionals. These two individuals have a corporate policy at their organization level to acquire and retain talent. These are not the only organizations with a corporate level commitment; there are some others who also have a well-defined and articulated talent acquisition strategy. However, based on his personal experience and interactions, he finds that most organizations do not have talent acquisition as a core value and he highly recommends that they make a corporate development plan for talent acquisition as a value proposition to attract and retain the best and the brightest.

He also suggested a creation of “state of the art facilities” that can cater to the strong demand for project managers and project engineers needed in various sectors of the construction industry. These sectors include highway construction, electrical and mechanical contractors engaged in all types of building, developers, general contractors, facility managers and homebuilders.

Recently, 154 construction companies responded to an online survey. The results were presented by Scott Hazy and Tom Jollay, Bennett Thrasher’s Construction Practice co-leaders, along with a corporate development update by Dr. Khalid Siddiqi. The purpose of gathering this info was to provide specific bench marking data of the state of Georgia’s general contractors and subcontractors. The number of participants were nearly doubled from the previous year’s study. Georgia is home to 9,600 privately held construction companies.

Click here for an overview of the construction survey.

Major takeaways from the survey include:BT Survey Results

  • 94 percent of respondents reported a higher project backlog from the prior year.
  • 78 percent increase in responses that contractors would explore “expansion of geographic reach” as a business strategy compared to the prior year’s survey.
  • 33 percent of the companies surveyed said recruiting and retaining qualified employees is their biggest business challenge.
  • 78 percent of respondents projected an increase in revenue for the next year. Among those projecting an increase, 40 percent expected an increase of 10 percent or more.
  • The majority of companies have experienced an increase in profit margins over the prior year.

Salaries were up an average of 5.2 percent:

  • Project Manager: $81,042
  • Estimator: $78,410
  • Superintendent: $76,003
  • Cost Engineer: $62,708
  • Foreman: $53,017
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Behind the Scenes at Georgia's Sanford Stadium with KSU (SPSU) Alumna, DPR Construction's Lauren Snedeker

January 5, 2018


Building on Legacy

Construction management graduate to become third-generation contractorChase West

December 14, 2017

As a child, Chase West meandered down the halls of the former Southern College of Technology with his father, Eddie, chatting with professors and admiring the numerous awards that lined the brick walls as they walked.

At the time, Eddie West wanted to show his son the place where he learned his craft, long before becoming an electrical contractor and starting A. West Enterprise in Albany, Ga., with his wife, Angie. He never anticipated that his son would follow him and his father-in-law to become a third-generation contractor. After graduating this month with a degree in construction management, Chase West will join his father’s company as a project manager.

“If his granddaddy was alive, he would be so excited and so proud to see his work continue on,” said Eddie West, a 1994 graduate of Southern Tech, now Kennesaw State University.

However, the path to graduation was somewhat of a journey, Chase West said. After graduating high school, he enrolled in Darton State College, now Albany State University, and later took a break from school to try his hand at law enforcement. He joined the Albany Police Department in 2013 after completing the police academy.

“I started policing because I wanted to be sure that construction was something I wanted to do and not just something my dad wanted me to do,” West said.

After a three-year stint as a patrolman, West began to reflect on the times his father brought him into the construction management capstone room to show the work of students who would soon graduate and “make some real money.” He decided it was time to put down the badge and return to the place that gave his father a fresh start.

“My dad has always taken me up to this campus year after year and made me walk these halls, made me look at the plaques on the walls,” West said. “He was very proud of the education he received. When I finally made it back up here myself, the first thing I wanted to do was chase his legend down.”

Carrying over credits he earned at Darton State, West completed his degree in just two years, averaging about 15 credit hours per semester. Like his father, he served as the student chapter president for the Association of General Contractors and was named chairman for the University’s Construction Guild. He was active in the student government association as a senator representing the College of Architecture and Construction Management, and was initiated into the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success.

“Chase has an impressive personality and is an avid listener. He stands firm on his ground but also has a soft side, and is always ready and willing to help others,” said Khalid Siddiqi, chair of KSU’s construction management department. “Several construction companies approached me to recruit Chase, but he politely declined because he made a commitment to his dad to work only after completing his degree program.”

Though he had some field experience working alongside his father, West said he felt being involved with the various student organizations gave him a new perspective on project management. He credits the construction management faculty with continuing to push him academically.

“The professors are all extremely friendly and extremely helpful, and I’m not just saying that,” West said. “They all know my name, and they’ve all gone out of their way to help me any way that they can.”

Eddie West jokes that his son couldn’t graduate fast enough, as construction managers are a need for his company and others across the country. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 48 percent of contractors nationwide say they have trouble filling salaried project manager positions, which include construction managers. In Georgia alone, more than half of survey respondents said project managers were their greatest need.

Speaking from his own experience, Eddie West said that his son should be well equipped for the job on Day 1.

“I know Chase is getting a quality education because it’s pretty much the same education I received two decades ago,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see him go through school and to call me to talk about what he’s learning because I’ve done it all before.”


Carl Frinzi Receives KSU's "Distinguished Alumni" Award

November 9, 2017Carl Frinzi

Carl Frinzi, who was nominated by Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair of the The KSU Department of Construction Management, was recently honored with the 2017 KSU "Distinguished Alumni" award.

Frinzi possesses a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from the former Southern Polytechnic State University’s College of Technology and currently holds the role of Vice President of Batson-Cook, a highly recognized leader in the general contracting industry.

Frinzi's multitude of contributions over the past ten years to both the CM Department, and University as a whole, have significantly impacted students in so many ways. Some of these contributions include: arranging field trips to his projects for students, providing guest lectures, providing many internship opportunities, offering permanent job placements to graduates and creating an endowed scholarship. Last year, Frinzi was awarded "Recruiter of the Year" by the Construction Management Department, as Batson-Cook recruited the highest number of CM interns and graduates.

In addition to his direct impact on the CM Department, Frinzi also played a key role in the consolidation of SPSU with KSU, and has served on both Foundation boards. He currently serves as a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation.

The Department couldn't be more thankful to Frinzi for his continuous generosity in the form of knowledge, leadership, time, financial contributions, and most of all, dedication to our students and growth of our programs. We are beyond honored to call him an invaluable member of the CM Industry Advisory Board.  

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KSU's Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) student chapter is doing big thingsAEE

October 13, 2017

KSU juniors and officers of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) student chapter, Addie Thornton (President, Civil Engineering major and Construction Management minor) and Adam Minor (Vice President, Construction Management major with a concentration in Land Development), recently attended the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), held at the Georgia World Congress Center September 27-29, 2017, where they each were presented with a $1,000 AEE scholarship and had the opportunity to meet former President George W. Bush. Adam is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served under President Bush.

The KSU AEE student chapter is an organization which enables students to promote the scientific and educational interests in the fields sustainability and energy by offering informational meetings with industry professionals, scholarships, internships, conferences and certification opportunities.

Addie and Adam have worked diligently to grow the new student chapter, which began in October 2016, under the supervision of their advisor, Prof. Jacqueline Stephens, with additional guidance from Darrel Sandlin and Dan Shabo from the local Georgia AEE chapter.

The student chapter already has an impressive twenty three members and has held eleven events, including presentations from energy professionals, organization fairs and an international student chapter luncheon. Student chapter members are also welcome to attend the local AEE Georgia chapter monthly speaker meetings.

On October 16th KSU AEE will tour the Dekalb County Landfill to learn about how methane gas can be converted to energy.

For more information about KSU AEE please visit their OwlLife page here.

Pictured above left to right: Bernadette Ogunmuto (AEE KSU Member), Steve Waldron (AEE KSU Member), Addie Thornton (AEE KSU President), Professor Stephens (AEE KSU Advisor), Andres Peres (AEE KSU Member), Damari Weaver (AEE KSU Member), Jacob Barron (AEE KSU Member)


LEED Lab prepares Architecture and Construction Management students for the careers they wantAgnes Scott

October 12, 2017

The U.S. Green Building Council is dedicated to preparing students for 21st century careers in sustainability by delivering competency-based education and providing innovative solutions to build the next generation of sustainability leaders. In fact, according to, college students are currently seeking jobs in sustainability at a rapidly increasing rate. Consider the following: 

  • More than 70 percent of college students and 50 percent of workers are looking for jobs with social impact.*
  • By 2038, the United States will generate 4.2 million new green jobs, five times today’s total count.*
  • As many as 80 percent of young professionals would like to work in a green job.*
  • 61% of prospective college students said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend a school.*

In order to provide students with the education and experience they need to best prepare for careers in sustainability, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Lab. Students involved in the LEED Lab pursue the assessment of on-campus building(s) and culminate their studies with the submittal of actual certification documents, allowing the campus building to become certified and recognized for greater environmental performance.  The result of the lab is a more informed and experienced graduate with experience in the built sciences and an improved campus environment with healthier buildings and sites for everyone.

KSU's LEED Lab Challenge

In Georgia, the passage of House Bill 255 prohibits any publicly funded building to pursue LEED performance ratings. Although the bill perhaps did not intend to impact curriculum and teaching in public universities, the collateral damage undeniably includes one of the most inventive and effective sustainable teaching programs in the nation, the LEED Lab. Authored by USGBC, the LEED Lab engages students with dynamic, real-world, learning opportunities based upon the LEED rating system. 

Luckily for KSU College of Architecture and Construction Management students, they have the innovative and determined minds of professors Ed Akins (Architecture) and Brandi Williams (Construction Management). Since Bill 255 prohibits seeking LEED certification on the publicly funded KSU campus, professors Akins and Williams came up with the brilliant idea of creating a LEED Lab for KSU students that would allow them to work with a building off-campus. They reached out to Susan Kidd, Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Agnes Scott College (ASC), a privately funded college in Decatur, Georgia, to initiate a partnership that would allow KSU students the opportunity to participate in LEED Lab at an alternative location.

For additional information on the partnership and how it benefits both KSU and Agnes Scott College, please refer to Professor Akins article here.

From a Student's Perspective 

"As a student, the LEED Lab is such an enriching experience. After taking this course, I have a clearer understanding of the certification process for LEED EBOM, and I am also engaged in learning more about LEED and pursuing personal accreditation. Being able to combine the requirements LEED establishes for each credit with the physical and financial constraints of an existing building was very productive to apply what we learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. I hope more and more students have access to the LEED Lab, and that this opportunity can motivate them to explore sustainable practices."

- Karlla Dreser, LEED Lab program student

Additional Information

For information about participating in the LEED Lab program at KSU, please contact Professor Akins or Professor Williams.

More information on the USGBC LEED Lab program can be found here.

*Source: US. Green Building Council
Pictured above: Prof. Ed Akins and Prof. Michael Carroll's students tour Agnes Scott College


MCAA team attends the 2017 MCAA Great Futures Forum in preparation for national competitionMCAA Forum

October 9, 2017

KSU's Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapter recently attended the 2017 MCAA Great Futures Forum in Indianapolis September 28 - 30.

The Forum was truly an incredible experience for the students, who were so thankful for the opportunity to network with other students and professionals from all over the country. They were also introduced to new technologies being utilized in the field in relation to MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) specialties. 

The student group participated in a mini-competition, which gave them the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to the test as a team. While attending the Forum, the team also participated in a career fair, visited the NCAA Museum and attended serval lectures from professionals that gave the students an insight into what it would be like to work for a mechanical contractor and learn about where the industry and related technology is headed.

KSU's MCAA team will compete in the Student Chapter Competition at the 2018 MCAA Convention in San Antonio, TX March 25 - 29, where the challenge will be to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse.

For more information on the upcoming convention and student competition, please visit:


Construction management department raises $140,000 for scholarships, facility improvementsCM Gala

Donations mark best year since fundraiser began in 2001

September 28, 2017

An annual fundraiser held to support Kennesaw State University’s construction management department reached new heights this year by collecting more than $140,000 for scholarships and the development of teaching facilities.

The 16th Annual Industry Advisory Board Fundraiser Gala, held last week at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, drew more than 50 sponsorships from individuals and organizations. Funds raised this year were more than 19 percent higher than in 2016, and are a far cry from the $7,000 raised at the inaugural gala in 2001. Five students were each awarded $2,000 scholarships at this year’s event.

“Prospective students and their parents are attracted to state-of-the-art teaching facilities and scholarship opportunities, both of which are high on our list of priorities,” said Khalid Siddiqi, chair of Kennesaw State’s Department of Construction Management. “I am extremely proud to see the success of the 2017 gala, and I’m impressed to see the growth of this event since inception.”

The gala’s success can be attributed in part to the department’s robust industry advisory board, Siddiqi said. The board has 42 members – many of whom were also donors for the fundraising gala – and its mission is to ensure students meet the educational and career needs of the industry from an employer’s perspective.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for construction managers in 2016 was $89,300, with a bachelor’s degree being the most common entry-level education. Employment is projected to grow by 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, the agency said.

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, however, 48 percent of contractors nationwide say they have trouble filling salaried project manager positions, which include construction managers. In Georgia alone, more than half of respondents said project managers were their greatest need.

Kennesaw State’s program offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in construction management, along with certificate programs in project management, land development, special construction and facility management. Graduates maintain a near perfect job placement rate, Siddiqi said.

Original story | Written by Travis Highfield; photo by Ashley Schenck


Building a Future: Construction Management grad’s zeal for a team approach garners big winsMyles

July 28, 2017

For Myles Cardenas, high school basketball meant everything to him and defined him in many ways.

“My social life had been built around basketball,” said Cardenas, who played four years of varsity basketball in high school. “I had to recreate myself when I came here.”

Determined to make the most of his college experience when he arrived to campus in 2014, Cardenas, who graduated this summer with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, embraced campus life. He joined student organizations, focused intently on his studies and made time for a little intramural basketball.

“My days used to be filled with school and basketball, and because I wasn’t playing anymore, I knew that I could be working and doing other things,” he said.

Cardenas made a conscious effort to bring the lessons he learned on the basketball court to every aspect of his life, inside and outside the classroom. That strategy earned him top honors from a national professional organization, recognition as Kennesaw State’s Student of the Year, and employment with two prominent construction companies while attending KSU.

During his first year as a construction management major, Cardenas joined the National Association of Home Builders of KSU, the student chapter of the national professional organization.

“I really blossomed with the NAHB chapter,” he said. “I started in 2014 as a presenting member of the team at competition, then VP and finally, my senior year as president.”

Cardenas led the 2017 KSU team to sweep the competition at the International Builder’s Show, taking first in the nation for the NAHB Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition for four-year programs.

“The competition is a lot of work, but it is the most rewarding experience that I have ever been a part of,” he said. Cardenas also was honored with NAHB’s Outstanding Student Award.

Being involved with teams has been a huge part of Cardenas’ success. He served as VP of the Golden Key International Honour Society, was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

This spring, the Division of Student Affairs named Cardenas as Student of the Year. 

“Myles Cardenas is an exceptional KSU student and contributes in a variety of ways to improve campus life for his fellow students,” said Kathy Alday, assistant vice president for student affairs.

Before coming to Kennesaw State, Cardenas attended a small private college in Kansas to follow his dream of playing college basketball. After a demanding athletic schedule and rarely seeing his family, Cardenas returned to his hometown of Conyers, Georgia at the end of his first year.

His family, in anticipation of their son’s return, scouted out the best school in the state for him to study architecture and discovered the former Southern Polytechnic State University.

“Even as a young kid, I was always interested in the designs of buildings,” Cardenas said, who came to the Marietta Campus in Fall 2014. “Architecture is where I thought I wanted to be.”

Cardenas had attended a vocational high school for two years to focus on architecture and construction trades. On advice from mentors and former teachers, Cardenas explored KSU’s construction management program and ways to build his experience in the field.

An ambitious student, he attended the university’s career fair his first semester and soon landed a position with Batson-Cook Construction, a Southeast general contractor, where he worked for nearly two years.

“What I admire most about Myles is his persistence and ability to rebound,” said Khalid Siddiqi, chair of the construction management program. “Myles was a part of KSU NAHB team that placed 23rd in 2014, 10th in 2015 and first in 2016. That says a lot about his character and resilience, which coupled with his humility makes him a favorite.”

While attending national NAHB competitions, professionals and organizations looking to hire sought out top students like Cardenas. After interviewing with a national home builder at the national competition in early 2016, Cardenas accepted an internship in land development, his academic concentration within the University’s construction management program.

“I’ve been able to see the industry from a different vantage point in this internship,” said Cardenas, who has worked for CalAtlantic Homes in Atlanta for the past year. “It’s great having people who want me to shadow them so that I can learn as much as I can.”

What hooked Cardenas on construction management initially was the collaborative, team effort involved in the field, he explained.

“Construction Management is about managing the building process,” he said. “We aren’t necessarily builders, nor do we tell the architects how to design, but we do ensure that the facility is structurally sound and we manage how to do that.

“It’s estimating and project management and controlling the project from start to finish. We work together with architects and engineers as one big team. 

“For me, it all goes back to basketball. I loved being on a team and that team mentality is what made me choose construction management in the first place,” he said.

Original story | Story written by Tiffany Capuano; photo by Lauren Kress


President Olens offers Quality Workforce Development for Economic Development in Georgia

June 29, 2017

CM MeetingKSU President, Sam Olens, spoke at a breakfast meeting with construction industry leaders in the State of Georgia on June 29th at The Georgian Club. In addition to the leadership of the KSU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, KSU Foundation Board members and leadership of the College of Architecture and Construction Management were also present during the meeting. AGC of Georgia, ABC Georgia, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association and a large number of Presidents and CEO's of various construction organization participated in the event.

The meeting was organized by Beth Lowry, Chair of the Building and Technology Committee of the Board. President Olens shared with participants his commitment to the New Construction ManageCM Meetingment building program and the importance of the CM program for the state of Georgia. KSU is one of only two universities in the State of Georgia to offer an undergraduate degree in Construction Management and the only one in the metro Atlanta area. 

A Steering Council was formed to promote the goals of the Building and Technology Committee. The Steering Council includes Tommy Holder (Holder Construction), Millard Choate (Choate Construction), Randy Hall (Batson-Cook) and Don Davidson (Inglett and Stubbs). Tommy Holder and Don Davidson also spoke on the occasion. Beth Lowry of Holder Construction Company agreed to serve as the Secretary to the Council.  The committee’s purpose is to promote the project and assist the KSU Development team with strategic approaches to reach out to potential donors.


Bridging Possibilities: Graduate at the helm of interstate reconstruction projectJeff S

May 31, 2017

When a massive fire caused the collapse of an Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta on March 30, Jeff Shropshire (Civil Engineering Technology, ’90) dropped what he was doing and headed into the office.

The senior vice president at C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, the state’s largest road construction contractor, knew his company’s expertise may be needed. Within hours, the Georgia Department of Transportation had reached out to them, and soon after, C.W. Matthews’ crews were on site.

“Our major projects division crews were working on the I-85 express toll lanes nearby when the I-85 bridge fell, so we were able to get our crews out there quickly,” Shropshire said. Relocating crews proved beneficial as traffic needed to be rerouted with the interstate’s closure.

Shropshire was responsible for coordinating the efforts with GDOT, and began immediately working on logistics and figuring out construction costs. In his role, he monitored the overall project.

“On the front-end, logistics was a big part of it. We quickly moved in traffic control equipment,” said Shropshire, who has been with C.W. Matthews for nearly 29 years. “And once we figured out construction costs, we were able to step back and let the bridge crew do their job.”

More than 640 feet of the I-85 bridges, including the 100-foot long burned-out section, was replaced in six weeks, months ahead of schedule. It re-opened to traffic in both directions on May 13.

“Everything that we wanted to do went well with the subcontractors and suppliers,” he said, adding there were no project setbacks. “Suppliers had the bridge beams casted by day four. The timing worked out perfectly.”

I-85 bridge

Eleven crews worked around the clock – six crews during the day and five at night – during the six-week project. Shropshire oversaw two key division managers, one a day supervisor and one a night supervisor, in monitoring the 24/7 construction.

“It was an all-hands-on-deck project, and even if nothing was going on, you wanted to be there and be a part of it,” Shropshire said. “Building the bridge was just standard construction, using the same means and methods that we normally use for all of our projects.”

However, impeccable timing, high-tech materials and good weather landed them ahead of schedule. C.W. Matthews has 26 bridge crews, but could handpick crews from other construction projects that were ahead of schedule or nearly complete.

The $16.5 million I-85 bridge repair spanned six sections, and the company was able to stage the project so that crews worked in a stair-step fashion. As soon as columns were installed on a bent, the crews were able to cap it and move on in sequential order to complete each section of the bridge, Shropshire explained.

The concrete mix was also a project timesaver, he said. Instead of the standard concrete mix used in road construction, which takes about 14 days to dry and set up, a more advanced concrete sped dry time to about three days.

As crews rebuilt the bridge, which carries nearly a quarter million vehicles each day, GDOT’s Traffic Management Center gathered data on traffic flow. The C.W. Matthews company was able to make traffic adjustments overnight.

“In one case, we had the task of changing turn lanes, from one to two lanes, based on the traffic data studies,” said Shropshire. “We shut down sections of the road overnight, restriped it, and had traffic moving again by the next morning.”

Shropshire landed a co-op with C.W. Matthews in college and joined the company full-time after graduating. He earned a degree in civil engineering technology with a construction option in 1990 from then Southern College of Technology (which was renamed Southern Polytechnic State in 1996 and then consolidated with Kennesaw State in 2015).

Shropshire has remained connected to the university and currently serves on Kennesaw State’s Industry Advisory Board for Construction Management and chairs the resource mobilization committee. Last year, he organized the department’s annual fundraising gala, helping to raise nearly $120,000 for the department’s programs, student scholarships and student competition teams. He will chair the annual gala again this year.

In the days and weeks that followed the bridge collapse, Shropshire said that all normal business was pushed to a later date, and life as he knew it, including his volunteer involvement with KSU, was temporarily put on hold.

While he was excited to work on a project of such magnitude and has enjoyed the success of the I-85 bridge reconstruction project, he’s happy to get back to normal.

“Any project that is this high profile, the energy levels are so high,” Shropshire said, adding that the company completed an airport runway project in 33 days. “We run at 90 miles per hour and then it all just stops when the project is finished. Those energy levels are gone and we just go back to our everyday normal operations.”

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Georgia Construction Outlook Survey: 86% of Respondents Project Revenue IncreaseSurvey Results

May 19, 2017

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The Georgia Construction Outlook Survey indicates that 86 percent of the state’s privately held construction companies project a revenue increase over the prior year. The survey, released on Tuesday, was conducted by Kennesaw State University’s Construction Management Department in cooperation with Bennett Thrasher, one of the country’s largest full-service certified public accounting and consulting firms.

The results were presented by Khalid Siddiqi, Chair of Kennesaw State University’s College of Construction Management, along with Tom Jollay and Scott Hazy, Bennett Thrasher’s Construction Practice Co-Leaders. Eighty-one companies responded to the online survey, the purpose of which is to provide specific benchmarking data of the state’s general contractors and subcontractors.

Other major takeaways from the survey include:

  • Respondents reported an average gross profit margin of 11 percent. By comparison, the return on assets figure for a typical respondent in the 2016 Construction Financial Management Association’s national study was 9.0 percent.
  • Respondents reported an average gross profit per full-time equivalent employee of $30,747.
  • 87 percent of the companies surveyed said recruiting and retaining qualified individuals was their biggest business challenge.
  • 73 percent of the 2,368 privately held construction companies in Georgia are located in metro Atlanta.
  • 64 percent of the companies surveyed said they are a family-owned business and 66 percent of surveyed participants said they have a succession plan in place.
  • The average ratio of Human Resources Directors per full-time employee is 1:51.

The survey also compiled data on compensation, including average salaries for all contractors:

  • President/CEO: $177,435
  • CFO: $156,333
  • Controller: $85,947
  • IT Manager: $95,714
  • Project Manager: $80,286
  • Sales/Marketing Manager: $81,100
  • HR Manager: $67,313
  • Estimator: $70,522
  • Superintendent: $79,160
  • Cost Engineer: $67,500
  • Foreman: $52,621

For more information about the survey, please contact Bennett Thrasher Director of Marketing and Practice Growth Erinn Keserica at

About Bennett Thrasher LLP 

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CM Performs Hat Trick at Awards Ceremony of KSUawards ceremony

April 20, 2017

The Construction Management Department performed a Hat Trick at Kennesaw State University’s Student Affairs 2017 Awards Ceremony held on April 19th.

Congratulations to CM Faculty Dr. Rodgers, NAHB Student Chapter Advisor, and Myles Cardenas, NAHB Student Chapter Team Leader and NAHB Student Chapter Organization President, on their last years performance, which resulted in the nomination for the three big awards of the night, held in the newly renovated auditorium at the Marietta Campus.

Dr. Rodgers was awarded "The Advisor of the Year" for her outstanding performance in making the NAHB student chapter "Chapter of the Year" for two consecutive years. Dr. Siddiqi, along with seven other students, represented the Construction Management Department at Awards Ceremony.

Kennesaw State University’s Student Affairs declared the NAHB Student Chapter as the "Student Organization of the Year". The organization played a key role in organizing fundraising and recruiting activities for Atlanta area Home builders. Myles Cardenas, President of the NAHB Student Chapter of KSU, accepted the award on behalf of the student chapter.

Thirdly, the most coveted accolade of the night was awarded to Myles Cardenas as the "Student of the Year"! He exemplifies excellent performance not only in class through his GPA, but he also led the NAHB Student Chapter for the last three years. He was the mover and the shaker of the student chapter’s performance in the national competitions from 32nd to the first place this year. He also influenced other student chapters in the Construction Management Department to excel and improve their performance.

Dr. Siddiqi, as well as others from both within and beyond the Construction Management Department, nominated Dr. Rodgers for Advisor of the Year, NAHB Student Chapter for the Student Organization of the Year, and Myles Cardenas for the most coveted Student of the Year Award.

Pictured: Dr. Siddiqi along with seven CM students, including Myles Cardenas from the CM Department, who represented the department at the KSU Awards Ceremony 


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CM's Dr. Abaza Selected as Diversity Faculty FellowDr. Abaza

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to KSU Department of Construction Management's Dr. Hussein Abaza for being selected by the Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement as the 2017-2018 Diversity Faculty Fellow.

CM Spring 2017 Cookout is a SuccessCookout

March 21, 2017

The annual KSU Department of Construction Management Cookout took place on March 15, 2017. Despite the unusually chilly weather, many turned out for an evening of great food and fun! 

This year's cookouCookoutt was sponsored by the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, who provided the supplies for the cookout, and BBH Electric (Brooks Berry Haynie & Associates), who volunteered to grill!

This event was organized by the Student Alumni Relations Committee of the KSU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, including Cherri Watson (Chair), Chuck Little and Tanner Wilson.

Marietta Daily Journal: KSU students bring Students bring home $60Khome $60K after national win

February 5, 2017

Kennesaw State University students’ recent sweep at a national residential development competition in January netted them a $60,000 grant.

KSU’s National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter beat 60 other teams to place first at a national competition in addition to other honors in Orlando, Florida, in January.

Nine students — including senior Myles Cardenas, a construction management major — traveled to Orlando to present a 100-page project management proposal for a 32-acre residential development in Decatur.
“They give us a real life project, and we have to go through the process of buying the land, building the project and show how we’re going to do it financially,” said Cardenas, the chapter’s president.

The KSU team’s proposal included building 349 townhomes on the tract of land in order to maximize the development’s financial return on investment, said Cardenas.

Teams across the country including Pennsylvania State University and California Polytechnic State University vied for the top proposal for the Decatur development, which included product and site design, project schedule and estimates, financial analysis and sales and marketing strategies.

KSU’s victory also came with a $60,000 grant to be paid over three years for the construction management department. The money will help the department develop a residential construction track and to increase student internship opportunities, said Charner Rodgers, team adviser and KSU construction management professor.

The chapter already has a partnership with Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association that provides internship and mentoring opportunities for the students, said Cardenas, who works as an intern at CalAtlantic Homes — a housing development company.

KSU’s chapter was also recognized as an outstanding student chapter for the second consecutive year for its membership, networking events and community service, Cardenas said.

This year’s contest marked the KSU chapter’s third year in competition and KSU’s first year on top. The team placed 23rd in 2014 and 10th in 2015.

KSU’s chapter includes about 35 students with a variety of majors, including construction management, engineering, marketing, architecture and mechatronics.

“It’s way more than just building homes, that’s why we try to diversify our team and our chapter,” Cardenas, who also received the outstanding student award for the KSU team at the competition.

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Construction Management Team Takes First

Students sweep national competition, faculty members earn endowment grant

January 25, 2017

NAHB 1st PlaceKennesaw State University National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter swept the competition at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando earlier this month. The team placed first in the nation at the NAHB Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition for four-year programs.

The annual competition attracted more than 1,000 students, composing 60 teams, who each completed a management proposal encompassing residential product components. The proposals typically involve all aspects of residential construction management, including market analysis, product and site design, project schedule and estimates, financial analysis, green building initiatives, project management overview, and sales and marketing strategies.

“The competition is a lot of work, but it is the most rewarding experience that I have ever been a part of,” said Myles Cardenas, KSU chapter president, who also received the NAHB’s Outstanding Student Award this year. “I am extremely proud of every single person who has been involved in the chapter over the years, and those who have graduated from the university and still dedicate time to come back and help the chapter in any way that they could.”

Now in his third year of competition, Cardenas led the six-member KSU team (along with three non-presenting members), creating a 100-page business proposal and presenting their work to residential construction company executives who served as judges during the three-day competition.  

For the first time, the KSU NAHB student chapter advisors and construction management professors Charner Rodgers and Brandi Williams brought home a 2017 National Housing Endowment Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP) Grant, providing the university’s Construction Management Department with $60,000 over three years. The grant will help to further programs of study in residential construction, provide the tools and skill sets needed by graduates to prepare for the future, and increase the number of qualified college graduates entering the residential construction industry.

“The team was definitely making waves at this competition,” said Rodgers, assistant professor of construction management. Rodgers advises KSU’s team alongside Williams, also an assistant professor.

The Kennesaw State’s NAHB student chapter was created in 2014, and entered the competition in 2015 and placed 23rd. Last year, the team took 10th place.

The team was also recognized as the 2017 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter for the second consecutive year, earning the top award among 160 student chapters across the nation.

Pictured (L-R): Victoria Carnes, Christy Graham, Tyler Dees, Rebecca Barber, Afelle Peterson, Murray Calhoun V, Charner Rodgers (advisor), William Davis, Christopher Kim, and Myles Cardenas
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  • Kennesaw State University Recognized for Offering Top Construction Management ProgramBest CM Degrees banner

    Press Release from

    December 9, 2016

    Kennesaw State University‘s program for construction management has been recognized as one of the best in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( As a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, the site released its annual ranking for the 2016-2017 school year, honoring Kennesaw State University as the #28 Best Construction Management Program in the Nation.

    “We wanted to highlight schools like Kennesaw State University, who are striving for excellence in education,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These colleges offer an exceptional educational experience, upholding rigorous accreditation standards and showing an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”

    In order for universities to qualify for this ranking they must hold public or private not-for-profit status and carry institutional accreditation. Top schools are determined by using a value-based methodology that analyzes more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points.

    For a complete list of construction management programs for 2016-2017 and more information on the methodology used to rank each school, visit the following page: 

    # # # was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

    KSU CM Students Receive Scholarship Awards

    November 29, 2016

    Cara awardThe Department of Construction Management would like to congratulate two of our outstanding students who were recently awarded scholarships.

    On November 3rd, Cara Lea Black, a junior in KSU's Construction Management program, was awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 at the Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA) Fall 2016 Quarterly Meeting and Trade Show Dinner. The event was organized by GUCA at Loudermilk Center Atlanta.Levi award

    Construction Management sophomore, Levi Smith, was also presented with a scholarship in the amount of $4,000 this month, during the Greater Atlanta Electrical League (GAEL) Fall 2016 Meeting and Luncheon, which took place on November 14th in West at Buckhead.

    PHOTOS: Top: LtR- Jeff Duncan (Education Committee Chair GUCA), Billy Crump (Vice President GUCA), Dr. Siddiqi (Chair of the KSU CM Department) and Cara Lee Black. Bottom: LtR- Mark Bates, Levi Smith, Dr. Siddiqi and Kim Hakes

    CM Chair, Dr. Khalid Siddiqi Awarded Georgia Hispanic Contractors Association Education Award for 2016 Dr. Siddiqi Receives GHCA Award

    November 21, 2016

    Congratulations to Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Chair, KSU Construction Management Department and the faculty, staff, and students of the Construction Management Department!

    Dr. Siddiqi received the Georgia Hispanic Contractors Association Education Award for 2016 on behalf of the department at a Celebration Dinner held at the Marriott Buckhead on November 18, 2016. The award was presented by the Board of Directors of Georgia Hispanic Contractors to KSU's Construction Management Department in recognition of community building activities of KSU's Construction Management Department.

    The event was organized by the Georgia Hispanic Contractors Association to recognize the community builder attributes of the award winners. This award recognizes the role of the CM Department in preparing Construction Managers to support the economic development of Georgia during the last nineteen years.

    The Construction Management Department of KSU also offers large number of scholarships to the students majoring in the Construction Management discipline.

    Kennesaw State University CM Department Partners with Two Universities in the Middle EastCM Partnership

    October 18, 2016

    Recently, Kennesaw State University’s Construction Management Department awarded two State Department Sponsored Cooperative Partnership Agreements worth one million dollars each. These agreements are with two institutions in the middle east, Kabul Polytechnic University in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Indus Valley School in Karachi, Pakistan. State Department officials, Richard Boyum and Javellana Grachelle, visited KSU on October 17th and 18th to meet the project team members and university officials involved in the management of the two partnership agreements.

    About the agreements

    Kabul Polytechnic University

    KSU is assisting Kabul University to establish classroom and teaching facilities for Geographic Information Systems and related programs to create maps that will be used in future development of the country.

    Indus Valley School

    The new partnership provides students and faculty an exchange program, along with institutional strengthening of the Indus Valley School in the area of Communication Design.

    Construction Management Fundraiser Gala Attracts Several Top Firms In Metro Atlanta Area

    September 23, 2016Fundraiser Gala

    The Department of Construction Management at Kennesaw State University held its 15th Annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Fundraiser Gala on Sept. 22, attracting representatives from several of the top construction firms in metropolitan Atlanta. Kennesaw State interim president Dr. Houston D. Davis welcomed a large gathering of people at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta.

    “The Construction Management Department Industry Advisory Board of Kennesaw State University would like to thank all of those who participated in our 15th annual fundraiser,” said Jeff Shropshire, chair of the Resource Mobilization Committee, which organized the gala. “The entertainment and fellowship made for a perfect evening. Funds raised through sponsorships and silent auction donations totaled approximately $125,000 which will benefit the department and its students.”  

    The money raised from the event supports student scholarships, competitions, extracurricular activities and the advancement of the department, which offers both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Funds are also used for construction management faculty development and advancement.

    The fundraiser included a steak dinner and silent auction that featured autographed items from famous sports figures, musicians, actors and actresses. Entertainment was provided by comedian Kenn Kington while scholarships were presented to a number of Kennesaw State students by Dr. Khalid M. Siddiqi, Chair and Professor of the Department of Construction Management.

    Fundraiser Gala“I would like to congratulate Construction Industry Advisory Board members for supporting the cause of quality construction education in Georgia,” Siddiqi said. “Jeff Shropshire led his team to organize the best-ever annual banquet and fundraiser. The motivation provided by Paul Hogan, Board Chair, was exemplary and he was ably assisted by Rodney Smith, Vice Chair of the Board. Money raised is primarily used for student scholarships, faculty support and toward enhancing the learning environment, including new facility planning for the department.”

    Besides the Construction Industry Advisory Board members, the dinner celebration was attended by numerous subcontractors, material suppliers and trade association representatives. Construction management faculty and staff, along with several administrators from KSU also participated in the event.

    PHOTO: Standing (L to R): Dr. Khalid Siddiqi (Chair, Construction Management Department KSU), Dr. Houston Davis (Interim KSU President), Mr. Paul Hogan (President of the Construction Management Advisory Industry Board), and Mrs. Hogan.

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Nick Papleacos Recognized For Academic Contributions To Kennesaw State University

    September 12, 2016

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka is pleased to announce that Nicholas S. Papleacos, a shareholder in the firm’s Construction Practice, was recently honored with the Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Award by Kennesaw State University (KSU) for 2016. This is the second year he has received the award. Papleacos teaches courses in construction law and dispute resolution in KSU’s College of Architecture and Construction Management. Dr. Houston Davis, president of KSU, presented the award on August 13. Although the Kennesaw State University Foundation awards faculty and staff members annually, this was only its second year honoring part-time faculty. He has been teaching in the Construction Department for 12 years.

    Papleacos has more than 35 years of experience in construction law and litigation. He maintains a national construction law practice, representing general contractors and specialty trade contractors involved in coatings, mechanical and electrical work. Papleacos has represented clients in disputes throughout the country in state and federal court trials and in arbitration proceedings. Also, he has advised contractors on federal and state construction projects and litigated issues arising out of federal contracts and regulations.

    Papleacos earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka is a diversified business law firm with offices in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio. The firm represents both public and private companies as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. In addition to tax planning and tax controversy, the firm offers corporate, securities and finance, employment law and employee benefits, energy law, estate planning and administration, intellectual property, international.

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    Overseas Visitors at the CM Department

    August 30, 2016

    Overseas VisitorsEarlier this month, Dr. Jawaid Haider, Professor and Dean of Academics from Indus Valley School (IVS- Pakistan) of Art and Architecture, visited the Construction Management Department at KSU. Plans for organizing an international Conference, through the cooperation and support of the US State Department, were discussed.

    Sitting (L to R): Professor Ali Khan (Chair Communication Design IVS), Dr. Jawaid Haider (Dean of Academics IVS), Dr. Ameen Farooq (Professor Architecture KSU)
    Standing (L to R): Dr. Khalid Siddiqi (Chair Construction Management Department KSU) and Professor Richard Cole (Dean College of Architecture and Construction Management)

    CM Faculty Receive KSU Foundation Awards


    August 16, 2016

    The Department of Construction Management would like to congratulate Professor Nick Papelacos and Dr. Charner Rogers. Both received awards from the KSU Foundation, presented at KSU’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Opening of the University on August 11, 2016.

    Professor Papelacos received the “Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Award” for the second consecutive year for the College of Architecture and Construction Management. He is an eminent Construction Industry Trial Attorney and has also co-authored a book on the subject with focus on Georgia Construction Laws and Regulations.

    Dr. Charner Rodgers received the “Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award”. She is the Faculty Advisor to KSU’s National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, which was awarded “Outstanding Student Chapter” in January 2016 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Dr. Rodgers was also inducted as a member of the National Student Advisory Board and appointed chairperson of the awards and recognition committee. 

    Announcing the Davidson Family Endowed ScholarshipDon Davidson

    July 19, 2016

    The KSU Department of Construction Management would like to thank Don Davidson, CEO of Inglett and Stubbs and past Chair of the Construction Industry Advisory Board, for creating an endowed scholarship for the Construction Management Department students. Don also serves on the KSU Foundation Board as well. The annual scholarship shall be $2,500 per year, at a minimum, and shall be available to the Construction Management students immediately.

    Don and his daughter are both SPSU/KSU Construction Management alumni. Don has generously provided outstanding support to the Construction Management department in the past, and now, with the Davidson Family Endowed Scholarship, a Construction Management student shall receive this coveted scholarship each year through the proceeds from the endowment created at the Polytechnic Foundation of KSU.

    Don has been a great supporter of the new Construction Management Building and he was also a prime mover in creating the Greater Atlanta Electrical League Scholarship for Construction Management students, which is being awarded from this year on as well.

    Construction Management students may apply for this scholarship, and others, at

    KSU CM Student Awarded Scholarship from Professional Women in BuildingPWB Scholarship

    June 9, 2016

    KSU Construction Management senior, Myles Cardenas, was recently awarded a scholarship by the Professional Women in Building (PWB). He was selected because of his involvement in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as PWB, his stellar grades, and community service. Myles attended a luncheon hosted by PWB, along with Dr. Charner Rodgers, where the speaker was Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of the The Coca-Cola Foundation.

    CACM Faculty Attend the 2016 Design Communication Association European Conference in Istanbul

    May 15, 2016

    KSU Architecture and Construction Management faculty recently attended the DCA European Conference, hosted by Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey May 11-14, 2016.

    Dr. Saleh Uddin, KSU Professor of Architecture, co-chaired the conference, while additional College faculty members also contributed heavily, including publishing seven papers, conducting two workshops, participating in the paper review committee and editing the proceedings.

    KSU Faculty Contributions

    • Conference Co-Chair: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Proceedings Editor: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Paper Session Moderators: Chris Welty, Ameen Farooq, Marietta Monaghan, Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Workshop Presenter: M. Saleh Uddin and Chris Welty “Moving Entourage in Architectural Animation” (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Workshop Presenter: Tim Frank “Ecological Design Simulation” (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Member of Paper Review Committee: Mine Hashas and M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Authors of published papers in the printed proceedings or paper presenter: Ameen Farooq, Hussein Abaza, Marietta Monaghan, M. Saleh Uddin, Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • Conference Introductory and Concluding Address: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Paper Titles

    • "Precedent Study: A design Inhibitor or Facilitator in Design Foundation", Ameen Farooq (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • "Marietta High School’s Haiti Restoration and Reclamation Container Building Research Project", Marietta Monaghan (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • "Marietta High School Haiti Container Project", Theodore Grosch, Leon Grant, Marietta Monaghan, Marcellus Pitts (Kennesaw State Univ., Marietta School District, Kennesaw State Univ., Fowler-Pitts Associates)

    • "Threat Mitigation through Design: Designing out threat in educational environment", AKM Zahidul Islam, Univ of North Texas, M. Saleh Uddin

    • "Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project at a Polytechnic: A High Hurdles Race", Leslie G. Hankey, M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts, Kennesaw State University; Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    • "International Collaboration for Teaching GIS in Afghanistan", Hussein Abaza, Charner Rodgers (Department of Construction Management, Kennesaw State of University) 

    • "Mapping Atmosphere: Sketching the Ambient Qualities of Islamic Space", Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Construction Management program celebrates student competition teams

    Kennesaw State students bring home national honors from several competitions

    NAHBApril 25, 2016

    It’s a stellar year for the student competition teams in the College of Architecture and Construction Management, who have ranked among the top in the nation for their talent and hard work.

    The National Association of Home Builders, a trade association representing the residential and light commercial construction industry, named Kennesaw State University’s NAHB student organization as this year’s Outstanding Student Chapter. The award recognizes achievements in chapter activities, green program, diversity and activities with local builders associations. KSU’s chapter was chosen from more than 150 student chapters from around the country during the 2016 NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

    In addition, Kennesaw State student Wes Fishburne was one of 27 students named an NAHB Outstanding Student of the Year, and the chapter earned a top 10 finish in the Residential Construction Management Competition. 

    MCAA“These competitions are important for the students because they simulate the type of competition and the conditions that prevail in the real world,” said Khalid Siddiqi, chair of the Construction Management department at Kennesaw State. “When students graduate, these budding professional construction managers hit the ground running, and they are not afraid to compete.”

    Three other competition teams in Construction Management secured top honors for their teams’ strategies in national competitions. 

    Last month, the Mechanical Contractors Association of American named Kennesaw State’s MCAA student chapter as one of its Final Four in the 2015 National Student Chapter Competition.  The KSU team’s proposal consisted of designing and building the mechanical systems for an eight-story campus housing project in California. The proposal included HVAC design, LEED Gold certification, system life cycle costs, schedule, estimating, project management and maintenance programs. 

    Kennesaw State was selected third in the nation for ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction’s Green Energy Challenge Poster Competition. ELECTRI International was established in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as the voice of the electrical construction industry.

    In addition, the Associated Builders and Contractors student competition team at KSU received third place nationally in the estimating category at ABC’s Construction Management Competition, a hallmark competition that promotes construction management.  The team, which prepared a proposal for the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Colorado, was among 23 universities competing.

    “Our student learning of construction management professional skills goes well beyond the classroom,” said Siddiqi.  “They have the skills to impress industry members who judge these competitions and they are not afraid to compete.”

    The Construction Management program at Kennesaw State focuses on applying knowledge and using technology for solving real-world construction problems. Local construction projects, combined with strong industry support, provide vast laboratory opportunities and educational resources for Kennesaw State students.

    Original story | Story written by Tiffany Capuano; photos courtesy of MCAA and NAHB

    KSU Professor Receives ASC Outstanding Educator Awardpavan meadati

    April 15, 2016

    Pavan Meadati, an associate professor of Construction Management at Kennesaw State University, received the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Outstanding Educator Award - Region 2 for 2016. Dr. Meadati received the award at ASC Annual International Conference held at Provo, Utah on April 15, 2016. This award is made annually to a faculty member with a minimum of 7 years of teaching experience at a four-year ASC member school. This award recognizes the faculty member's contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, service to the ASC and dedication to the construction profession.

    CM Sporting Clays Fundraiser 2016

    April 15, 2016Sporting Clays

    The 2016 Construction Management Sporting Clays Fundraiser took place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Etowah Valley Sporting Clays.

    The fundraiser was organized and hosted by the KSU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board Student/Alumni Relations Committee members, including Pat Dunwoody (ABC Georgia), David Ellis (Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association), Chuck Little (Atlanta Electrical Contractors) and Cherry Watson (AGC Georgia), with proceeds supporting the Department of Construction Management activities and equipment. Below is a list of teams that participated in the event. Photos


    Hogan Construction I
    Hogan Construction II
    Inglett & Stubbs
    CW Matthews
    Parrish Construction
    Maxair, Inc.
    A. West Enterprises
    Brooks, Berry, Haynie & Associates I
    Brooks, Berry, Haynie & Associates II
    Brooks, Berry, Haynie & Associates III
    J.E. Dunn
    KSU Foundation
    Ernest Concrete
    America’s Home Place
    McCarthy Building Company

    First Place Team

    Inglett & Stubbs

    Second Place Team

    Americas Best Homeplace

    Best Shooter Award

    Mike Hardin

    PHOTO: Paul Hogan lead the Hogan Construction Group teams


    • Annual Construction Management Cookout a Great Success!

      March 15, 2016

      The Annual Construction Management Spring Cookout took place on March 15, 2016. It was well attended by College faculty, staff, students and Industry Advisory Board members.

    • 2016 Diamond Donors Career Fair

      March 16, 2016

      This year’s Diamond Donors Career Fair took place on March 16, 2016. The fair was well attended by enthusiastic students and prestigious industry employers, including Archer Western Contractors, Turner, Hogan, Fortune-Jackson, Batson-Cook, C.W. Matthews, Parrish, Skanska and Inlet & Stubbs.

    Industry Advisory Board Attends ACCE Best Practices Workshop

    February 25, 2016

    IAB Best Practices WorkshopDepartment Chair, Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, and Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members, Paul Hogan and Rodney Smith, recently represented the KSU Department of Construction Management Industry Advisory Board (IAB) at the IAB Best Practices Workshop, held in Mobile, Alabama. The workshop was organized by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) to enable accredited programs’ advisory boards to network and learn from each other.

    PHOTO (L to R): Rodney Smith (IAB member), Dr. Khalid Siddiqi (Department Chair), Paul Hogan (IAB member)

    KSU Team Places in Top 10 Overall in 2016 National Competition

    KSU NAHB Team February 2, 2016

    KSU Construction Management’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter competition team recently attended the International Home Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV. While in attendance, the student chapter competed in the 2016 National Residential Construction Management Competition. Thirty-four universities from across the country (including the University of Denver, Cal Poly, Purdue, Penn State, Michigan State, and BYU) submitted proposals to construct a multi-staged diverse housing project located in Fredericksburg, Maryland. The proposals included Green building, scheduling, estimating, project management, marketing, and financing. KSU’s team placed tenth overall in the competition. 

    Members of the team include J. Wes Fisburne, Myles Cardenas, Morgan Haas, Ronald Jones, Teigh Dooley, and Veryl Rosser. Three shadows accompanied the team for the competition, including Jason Santos, Christopher Kim and Rebecca Barber. The student chapter advisor is Dr. Charner Rodgers. 

    Kennesaw State University Wins 2015 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter Award

    February 1, 2016

    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters program awarded Kennesaw State University “Outstanding Student Chapter” at an award ceremony held at the 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.  

    This award, sponsored by the NAHB Leading Suppliers, recognizes student chapters for their outstanding achievements in chapter activities, green programs, diversity and activities with their local builders association. KSU was selected for the award out of over 150 student chapters.

    More than 100,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers packed the aisles at the 2016 International Builders’ Show, Design & Construction Week. 

    “Congratulations to Kennesaw State University” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. “This student chapter demonstrates excellence in campus and community involvement.” 

    KSU’s Student chapter President, J. Wes Fishburne, was also recognized as an Outstanding Student of the Year. Chapter Advisor, Dr. Charner Rodgers, was inducted as a member of the National Student Advisory Board and appointed chairperson of the awards and recognition committee.  


    ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country and more than 150 student chapters. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

    KSU Team Selected for MCAA Final Four

    MCAA Final Four

    January 11, 2016

    KSU Construction Management’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) team has been selected in the final four for the 2015 National Student Chapter Competition. Twenty eight universities from across the country (such as the University of Washington, Cal Poly, Purdue, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Illinois State, and the University of Wisconsin) submitted proposals for design-build services of the mechanical systems for an 8-story campus housing project located in San Jose, CA. The proposals included HVAC design, LEED Gold certification, system life cycle costs, schedule, estimating, project management and service and maintenance program.

    Our MCAA Team of Jonathan Byers, Carson Bendock, James Colbert, and Tiffany Holmes will present their proposal at the MCAA National Convention in Orlando on March 21st. The other proposals selected in the final four are:  University of Nebraska, Colorado State, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

  • ABC Student Competition Team Receives National Award

    ABC Competition AwardSan Diego, CA
    November 12, 2015

    KSU Construction Management’s Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Student Competition Team received 3rd Place in Estimating Category for the National CM Competition. Team members, Eddie Cengic, Jonathan McCowan, Lynn Jones, and Satoree Hogan prepared a proposal for the Fort Collins Discovery Museum. KSU was among 23 universities across the country that participated in this year’s competition.

    ABC’s Construction Management Competition (CMC) is a hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management. The competition is sponsored in part by the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF) and ABC members. In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fosters an environment that will bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster the team spirit as students rise to meet this challenge. The CMC is designed to challenge construction knowledge, time management, organizational, and presentation skills. The competition features teams of four (4) college and university students testing their project management, estimating, safety, quality control, and presentation skills.  

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