CM Faculty Dan Knight Wins Award

Dec 15, 2016


Congratulations to our colleague Dan Knight, who has been named one of 20 under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders. 


According to the Tribune newspaper article: "Now in its 12th year, the competition honors the accomplishments and achievements of young women and men under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and a profound commitment to community service. To be eligible, nominees must have lived and worked in the county year-round.


Ninety-five individuals were nominated for the honor. Six judges representing both the private and nonprofit sectors evaluated the nominations, selecting the winners at The Tribune’s request."


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CM Magazine Fall 2016 Edition

Nov 29, 2016

The latest edition of Construction Innovator is out and headed to your mailbox. If you can't wait to read it, check out the on-line edition.

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ASC Region 8 Team Receives Honorable Mention

Nov 22, 2016

Reading, UK

Cal Poly CM Department Sent four students to Reading, UK to compete in the ASC Region 8 Competition. Unlike the other ASC Regions the department competes in (notably Region 6/7 and 3), this competition allowed for a team of four students instead of six and pit them against teams from schools around the world.

Professor Lonny Simonian went as their coach and states that, "Our team performed admirably and the students represented Cal Poly exceptionally well.  Although not selected for one of the three final presentations, Cal Poly and Oklahoma Sate were the only two exclusively US teams receiving an honorable mention (placing fourth or fifth), the students were widely congratulated for their runner-up position.  Whitney Bevan (ASC Region 8 host) praised our students for their work and mentioned that the selection of the final three teams was much more difficult than anticipated.  Cal Poly and OS were the only US schools specifically given public accolades and singularly noted for their achievement."

The students all commented that this international competition was a great learning experience and remarked how distinctly different it was from both the Region 7 and Region 3 ASC competitions. For example ASC Region 8 only hosts a single competition across all categories as opposed to ASC region 6 & 7 which offers twelve categories.

The project was a seven building complex consisting of 649 student bedrooms along with a facilities management and reception building.  There were a number of challenges associated with the project, and various health and safety issues that required attention.  Prefabrication was used extensively to meet aggressive schedule requirements. 

The aim was, as much as possible, to fit together components on the day of delivery. Panels were lifted from delivery lories straight into position onto the new buildings, which helped create a very tidy site with minimal space required for material storage.

This is the second year that the CM Department has fielded a Region 8 team.

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Electrical Team Wins First at ASC Region 3

Nov 22, 2016

Downer's Grove, IL

This year the CM Department sent three teams of six students to the ASC region 3 competition in Downer's Grove, IL. Much like the Region 6 & 7 competition held in Reno, NV.,  the students were pitted against other teams in the categories Electrical, Concrete and Pre-Construction. The CM department emerged with a first place trophy in the Electrical division for the second year running. 

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ELECTRI Student Passport Initiative

Aug 1, 2016

The ELECTRI Council has awarded the 2016 Student Passport Initiative to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  The Cal Poly Student Chapter will install a complete and operational photovoltaic array for San Pedro Primary School, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This project was originally designed by (the late) Professor Tom Glavenich and his University of Kansas NECA Student Chapter members. The primary school currently has 34.5 kV power provided via submarine cable from mainland to island with supplemental power provided by diesel generators.

The goal of the Cal Poly Student Passport Initiative is to reduce dependence on the local electricity grid, encourage carbon neutrality, strive for net-zero consumption, build teamwork and better a community.

CM Students Help Restore Dallidet

Jul 13, 2016

San Luis Obispo

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo recently completed construction of a new stage at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens. The new addition was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting event and reception in the garden of the adobe, with History Center of SLO County members, staff, volunteers and members of the community attending.

The project was funded, managed and staffed by Rotarians, with help from Cal Poly construction management students.

Based on a design by past History Center president Chuck Crotser, the redwood beams echo the wooden porch of the historic Dallidet Adobe.

The stage will provide a safe backdrop for the concerts, educational programs and weddings that are held there.


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CM Department Brings Home Six Trophies

Feb 16, 2016

Sparks, Nev. 

The Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 & 7 Competition is an annual event that most CM students look forward to. Since the department fields twelve teams of six - plus two alternates- a large number of students are allowed to participate each year. The 98 students left on two charter busses at 5:30 am on Wednesday, February 10th. The teams were sequestered for the majority of the day Thursday, and many chose to stay in their rooms prepping for presentations on Friday. Saturday morning the results were announced at the awards ceremony. Cal Poly's Construction Management Teams won the following:

1st- Electrical, Heavy-Civil, PreCon, VDC

2nd- Concrete Solutions

3rd- Mechanical

CM's NAHB Team Places 2nd Nationally

Jan 22, 2016

Front Row (Left to right): Erich Mourey, Ted Felix, Jimmy Materne
Back Row: Scott Heath, Eric Bet, Spencer Nielsen, Chris Dwyer, Cate Fisher,
Dylan Corr, Garrett Whitlock, Coach Scott Kelting.

An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students captured second place in the four-year college category at the 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition. The competition challenged students to prepare a land acquisition proposal, including building cost estimates, a construction schedule, projections for cash flow and return on investment, and marketing and risk analysis. The team of business, architecture and construction management students collaborated to complete each aspect of the proposal before presenting their proposals and defending their project to a panel of industry experts. This year’s second-place award marks the 11th time since 2001 that Cal Poly has finished in the top five at the competition.

CM Minor Graduate Receives Award

Dec 22, 2015

2005 Cal Poly SLO graduate Jordan A.M. Moffett was a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award in the Young Professional Category (35 years and younger) at the Design-Build Conference & Expo held in Denver, CO November 2-4, 2015. This honor recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership, efforts, and achievements which have impacted the understanding, use and advancement of design-build practices as an effective and efficient project delivery method. Those eligible for this award included owners, practitioners, elected officials at all levels, and full-time faculty and students at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Jordan has a 15 year history with Design-Build Delivery, commencing academically with his CM Minor and Architecture Major, followed by 10 years in the industry. The cornerstone was his course in “Fundamentals of Design-Build”, introducing him to these concepts, which he embraced immediately, realizing single-source project delivery was the link to connect the AEC industry. His career started with The Haskell Company based in Florida. Seven years later he joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in California. Efforts there were instrumental in enhanced client experiences and led to his Company’s nomination for this award. He worked with Scripps Health, a prime McCarthy client, to obtain DBIA Conference scholarships solidifying the benefits of single-source project delivery, leading to the shift to Design-Build Delivery for all future work within their system. He has participated on multi-million dollar projects ($14M-$275M) in either an Architectural or Project Management capacity, seeking cross-training opportunities whenever possible.

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CM Magazine Fall '15

Nov 6, 2015

CM Magazine Fall 2015



The latest Edition of the CM magazine is out. This edition focuses on the Construction Management Department and the international outreaches we've been involved in over the past year. From Ecuador to Indonesia, the Construction Management Department has been making its presence known.

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