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MSOE students win first place at design-build competition

October 10th, 2017

Left to right: Michelle Vanbuskirk, Trevor Symbal, Hunter Ring, Max Morache, Deanna Engelmeyer

Left to right: Michelle VanBuskirk, Trevor Symbal, Hunter Ring, Max Morache, Deanna Engelmeyer

Oct. 10, 2017 – A team of MSOE students took first place in the Central Northeast Region in the 2017 National Student Competition sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). As one of nine regional winners, MSOE will next compete at the national level during the Design-Build Conference and Expo in Philadelphia Nov. 9.

Congratulations to team members Deanna Engelmeyer, Max Morache, Hunter Ring, Trevor Symbal and Michelle VanBuskirk (team captain). They are all students in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. Dr. Jeong Woo, associate professor and construction management program director, is the team’s advisor.

DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Each year, student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the DBIA National Student Competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 14,000-square-foot student health center on a college campus.

DBIA’s 2017 National Design-Build Student Competition Regional winners represent teams from MSOE, University of Denver, Iowa State University, University of Arizona, University of Southern California, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, and Washington State University

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the nine regional winners for the first phase of the competition based on their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions, which advance them to the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released to each finalist team. From this pool of finalists, the top teams are invited to present their proposals before an expert panel during the annual Design-Build Conference and Expo. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the conference.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; the highest ROI and average early and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc.; and is highly ranked by organizations such as U.S. News and World ReportForbesMoneyWall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Students earn second place at national ASC competition

February 14th, 2017

MSOE Preconstruction Team with competition judges

MSOE Preconstruction Team with competition judges

Feb. 14, 2017 — Two teams of students from MSOE’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department competed at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Open Student Competition in Reno, Nevada in early February. MSOE was one of 12 universities from across the United States to compete at the event, and MSOE’s Preconstruction Team took second place. Brian Mueller, received the MVP Student Award from the judges who said his performance was the best among all participants.

The teams had to put together a professional proposal for a $60 million vehicle maintenance facility project located in Denver. After receiving problem statements and accompanying documents at 7 a.m., they had 18 hours to develop solutions, including means and methods, cost, schedule, safety and sustainability considerations. The proposal presentation was judged the next day by the professionals who had worked on the actual projects.

Members of the judging panel commented that MSOE is always one of the top schools in this competition, which was sponsored by PCL Construction. MSOE looks forward to welcoming PCL Construction to campus when they recruit talent. Congratulations to those students who were involved:

Preconstruction Team
Deanna Engelmeyer, Max Morache, Constantine Moshi, Brian Mueller, Trevor Symbal and Michelle VanBuskirk (captain). They were coached by Dr. Jeong Woo, associate professor and construction management program director.

Electrical Construction Team
Owen Burnikel, Becky Guzman, Travis Smith, Ben Mahrer, Alex Phillips and Joey Trevis. They were coached by Christine Brotz, instructor.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Architectural engineering and construction management students showcase senior projects

May 19th, 2016

2016_news_CAECM_senior_designMay 19, 2016 — Students from the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department will present their senior design projects on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway. The project teams are composed of students from the architectural engineering (with design specialties in structural, mechanical and electrical) and construction management programs. The one-year project starts with programming and includes the design concept through development, working drawings and construction management. The six projects utilize the design-build method which involve clients, a faculty advising team and professional mentors from the industry.

Section 1 is comprised of Team A and Team B whose project is a 17-story high rise mixed use office building located on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. The architectural design of the building was provided to the teams. The LEED Platinum building, located above the Massachusetts Turnpike, consists of two underground levels of parking, three floors of retail space and 14 office floors. This project is part of the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Student Design Competition and will complete the Prudential Center Complex. The competition called for individual submittals in structural, mechanical, electrical, construction management and innovation categories. Students were given the goals of sustainability, resiliency and integration. The actual $275 million building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in June 2016. The teams submitted their proposals to AEI in February which resulted in Team A being a runner-up in the construction category.

Section 2, Teams D and E, is MSOE’s new proposed Science Building located on the parking lots behind the library and existing Science Building. The client wish list for this project involves separate floors for each department, offices for the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering faculty, high-tech classrooms, a new SG-100 lab, a new Johnson Controls lab, two new Harley-Davidson labs, study areas and additional labs. With a $35 million to $45 million budget, the teams are expected to have a design that will achieve a LEED Silver certification. Students had to consider how the site connects to Kilbourn Avenue and State Street, and any possible future parking.

Section 3, Teams G and H, is another new proposed MSOE building. The site for MSOE’s proposed new Campus Center is the currently Broadway Parking Lot. The client wish list for the project includes a theater, food court, game room, study areas, bookstore, convenience store, green roof, student organization offices, Student Life offices, TRIO offices, a large event area, and an Olympic-sized pool with a diving area. A potential plan is to have a residence hall attached to the building as well. Teams are expected to present a design that achieves LEED Silver certification with a $40 million to $50 million budget. MSOE wants the building to have a high-tech feel like Google headquarters or something similar. It is intended for this building to be a showpiece for the campus.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Team USA wins Water Innovation Challenge with help from MSOE

June 24th, 2014

Water_Innovation_web.jpgTeam USA emerged victorious over Team Australia in the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge held during International Water Week in Singapore June 3-5. Involved with the team, which was organized by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), were Douglas Nelson, P.E., assistant professor, and architectural engineering alumna Judith Torres ’12, G.E. (pictured, second from left). During three days of intense competition, the teams developed innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in Nepal and Bangladesh in a series of hands-on design challenges.

The multi-disciplined Team USA was comprised of students and professionals under the age of 26 and was led by William N. Erickson, an ASPE member and a vice president of ASPE’s Research Foundation. Torres, an associate member of ASPE who works as a graduate mechanical engineer for Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Mich., was chosen as the engineer member of the team by the ASPE board of directors. Another ASPE member, Nelson, served as an advisor to the team.

“The clear understanding of the competition and the attention to detail of Doug Nelson and Judy Torres, both ASPE members, helped Team USA score consistently higher than the Australians in almost every category,” said Erickson.

The other team members were Nicholas Michalenko, a licensed journeyman plumber with Rida Plumbing in Worthington, Mass.; Sarah Parker, an advertising and design student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; and Tim Murphy, an apprentice plumber at Boulanger’s Plumbing & Heating in Easthampton, Mass.

“It was such an amazing experience, made even better when our efforts were rewarded with taking first place,” said Torres. “I am thankful ASPE gave this opportunity to a young professional and even more thankful I was chosen. It was an honor to represent ASPE, engineers, my company, and of course Team USA.”

The Water Innovation Challenge involved three main components. The first challenge, completed prior to the start of the competition, required the teams to design and document new water solutions to meet community problems in a village in northern Bangladesh. The second challenge, completed during the three days of competition, was to design and document solutions to community problems in Nepal. The final challenge involved hands-on practical tasks assigned each day, including assembling a hand bore pump, a rainwater collection system, and a solar pump installation. Using their assembled pumps, the teams raced against each other each day to be the first to fill a 100-liter water tank. The teams also were required to construct user-friendly installation and maintenance manuals that presented no language barriers. 

“It was an intense and stressful experience, but having so many tasks to complete gave us the energy to get through each day,” said Torres. Team USA and Team Australia were neck in neck at the end of the first day, but Team USA quickly learned from their mistakes and persevered on days two and three. “The members of Team USA complimented each other so well—as we gave our final presentations of our designs, it seemed like we had worked together for years,” she says. “I felt so proud to be part of such an amazing team, and I’m excited to see how our designs unfold when they are implemented in Bangladesh and Nepal.”

The 2014 Water Innovation Challenge was organized by the WorldSkills Foundation, Healthabitat, the World Plumbing Council, and the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore to raise awareness of sustainable systems that can be put in place globally to address issues such as water industry education and training, skills accreditation, installation, and maintenance. Team USA was sponsored financially by ASPE, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), and WorldSkills USA. Sloan Valve also made a generous donation.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE is finalist in MCAA student competition

January 16th, 2014

MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter is one of four finalists in the MCAA Student Chapter Competition. This is the fourth straight year they have qualified and this year will be defending their national title. Twenty-four universities from across the U.S. and Canada submitted entries. Teams had to submit proposals on a project involving the installation of the HVAC and plumbing systems in the Pilot Plant Expansion at the Sports Protein Inc. facility in Chicago. Bidders were also encouraged to propose design features that exceed LEED Platinum requirements and a post-construction service component.

MSOE’s team will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., in March to present their proposals at MCAA’s national convention. They will compete against Sacramento State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and University of Maryland – College Park.

Tyler Mrowiec (MCAA student president), Haily Fernald (MCAA student vice president), Evan Crayford, Ray Schwalbe, Jason Stauber and Sami Wallace will give a 15-minute presentation and answer questions in front of a panel of mechanical contractors and conference attendees. Several other students worked on the proposal and will attend the conference and competition as alternates: Sarabeth Haworth, Rachel Lynde and Gretchen Toshach. Dr. Blake Wentz, associate professor and construction management program director in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the group’s advisor.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE students take third place in ASHRAE competition

September 25th, 2013

A team of MSOE students took third place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) competition. The students are part of MSOE’s student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and represented the university in the 2013 ASHRAE Student Competition.

ASHRAE sponsors international competitions to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to insuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. The ISBD competition requires multidisciplinary teams to design an energy efficient sustainable project approaching a “Zero-Energy” building with minimized energy demands for HVAC and all other technical systems that could be satisfied with locally available or building-installed renewable energy sources (RES). The emphasis in this competition is on whole-building design, integrating architectural, and construction, mechanical, electrical and other technical disciplines in an integrated approach throughout the design process.

Members of the team included Tiffany Biagini, Ken Brickner, Garrett Ducat, Jake Frey, Andrew Grygiel, Joe Kolavo, Courtney Leaf and Mike Lieu. Each student played an important role.

Ducat, a 2013 architectural engineering graduate, and Kolavo a senior architectural engineering major, were the principal investigators of the Dallas Power and Light Luxury Apartments project’s mechanical systems. Both specialize in building mechanical systems. They performed calculations and made design decisions. Kolavo will accept the team’s award at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in New York in January 2014.

Biagini and Grygiel, who both graduated with architectural engineering degrees in 2013 and specialized in building mechanical systems, helped compile the report and provided information about the building’s mechanical systems.

Brickner, a 2013 graduate and the only construction management major on the team, was the team’s construction manager. He was responsible for the constructability criteria of the project and meeting LEED requirements.

Frey, an architectural engineering senior specializing in building structural systems, designed the structural system for the Dallas Power and Light Luxury Apartment project.

Leaf and Lieu are both senior architectural engineering majors specializing in building electrical systems. Leaf designed the electrical system for the project and Lieu provided complimentary information for the chosen electrical systems and helped in compiling report data.

Several faculty members advised the team including: Dr. Bass Abushakra, mechanical systems advisor and general competition advisor; Richard W. Eschner, architecture advisor; DeAnna Leitzke, construction management advisor; Dr. Doug Stahl, structural systems advisor; Doug Nelson, plumbing and fire protection advisor; and Andrew Walther, electrical systems advisor.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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