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Dawgs Victorious at ASC Region 6&7 Reno Competition

Emerging from a competitive field of nearly 1400 their peers in an open national competition, the Sustainable Building team snagged the first place trophy in the ASC Region 6&7 Reno Competition, edging out Cal Poly and the University of Florida. 55 universities from 22 states were represented by student teams.

According to the pre-problem statement by the Sustainable Building competition sponsor, Skanska,  “In keeping with the goal to drive green thinking into our culture and ways that we work, this problem is meant to show you how jobsites are changing to be more sustainable and resilient, how the construction industry is lessening the negative impact it has on the environment. Teams will focus on construction means and methods this year through the lens of multiple Skanska projects.”

The six-student team completed a problem submission the first full day of the competition and then presented before an industry panel on the second day. Their innovation, the Talkzall, would create a safe, durable real-time translation solution for workers on a construction site. Their presentation received a standing ovation from the industry jurors. The Sustainable Building team was guided by faculty coach Amos Darko.

Sustainable Construction Team. Top row left: Toby Sin Hang Hung, Casey Lawler, Oleh Fylyk; Bottom row: Faculty Coach Dr. Amos Darko, Ben Olliffe (Captain), Alex Hasenstab (Co-Captain). Not pictured: Wesley Olive. Devin Schug (alternate)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The UW students were active participants in all the events at Reno. From the opening night welcome dinner to the robust career fair to the awards ceremony, they showed up in full force in their purple UW shirts,” said Carey Smith, CM faculty coach for the Integrated Project Team. “There were many UW CM program alumni “in the house” at the Reno competition. You could be sure there would be several rooting for the Husky teams in each of the individual events.”

Junior Rachel Ly served as an alternate for the UW Commercial team and participated in the alternate competition, in which alternates from participating schools are brought together to compete in a 10 hour case study of a problem statement. Of the 344 alternate students at the competition, Rachel was one of two awarded Outstanding Student in the alternate competition.

Rachel Ly (left) awarded Outstanding Student

Also wearing purple were UW’s Commercial team, coached by David Salzer, Design-Build coached by Darlene Septelka, and Heavy Civil and Mixed-Use, coached by Giovanni Migliaccio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(left) Alex Hasenstab, Ben Olliffe (Captain), Casey Lawler, Oleh Fylyk, Wesley Olive, Toby Sin Hang Hung.

 

 

 

Prof. Chris Lee on Public/Private Partnerships: Charging toward a zero-emission transit fleet

Conversion of bus base facilities, the heart of transit operations, for electric vehicle charging is a large-scale project with many players and complex needs. One option for transit agencies working to shift to a zero-emission fleet is a public-private partnership model (P3), which defers upfront capital construction costs and has the potential to help agencies meet long-term sustainability and resiliency goals.

New research out of the Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington (UW), led by professor Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee and senior research scientist Laura Osburn of the Department of Construction Management in UW’s College of Built Environments, explored this possibility and highlighted opportunities and challenges. The team found that P3, a practice common to infrastructure projects like toll roads could apply to transit electrification. The team also looked to existing transit facility conversion projects that have used P3 to glean best practices.

“There is not a one-size-fits-all approach for P3, and it may not be a solution for every project, but there are some public agencies that have used elements of this project delivery method successfully,” said Lee, lead author for the study. “What we’ve learned from some of the early adopters can serve as a template for others to consider.”

 

CM Transfer Students Receive Andrew Eker and Mary Hughes Endowed Scholarship

Transfer students in the UW Construction Management program are automatically considered for the need-based Andrew Eker and Mary Hughes Endowed Scholarship. When the e-mail arrives that they’ve been granted the scholarship, they may have to double check that it’s real!

Donors Andrew Eker and Mary Hughes are familiar with the heavy lift transfer students face starting at UW; Andrew was a transfer student to the program before he earned a BS in Building Construction. Although they are now based in Alaska, Andrew and Mary carve out time to connect with the student recipients when they are in Seattle and were able to meet two students earlier this month.

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Prof. Carrie Dossick on Freakonomics: “Why Is It So Hard (and Expensive) to Build Anything in America?”

CM Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Built Environments, Carrie Sturts Dossick  was interviewed on the Freakonomics podcast for an episode entitled: “Why Is It So Hard (and Expensive) to Build Anything in America?” 

It’s a wide-ranging look at a number of global construction trends, including modular construction, building information modeling (BIM), safety, and labor costs.

You can listen and find the transcript on our website here, or download on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

CM Senior Jacob Bess wins AGC CLC Scholarship

The Associated General Contractors AGC Education and Research Foundation is proud to announce that this year’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Scholarship was given to Jacob Bess, a senior in the Construction Management program at the University of Washington. Jacob’s dedication to his studies and his active involvement in various industry-related organizations are a testament to his commitment to excellence.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Jacob serves as the Vice-President of the American Concrete Institute student chapter and is a member of the UW AGC student chapter. He is also a tenacious competitor in NECA’s Electric Competition, showcasing his passion for innovation and expertise in the field.

While diligently completing his studies, Jacob also wears the hat of a Facilities Technician at the Bush School and is a skilled carpenter in his own LLC. This multi-faceted approach to his education and career demonstrates Jacob’s exceptional work ethic and his ability to balance academics with practical experience.

Recently, Jacob had the honor of attending the 2023 CLC Leadership Development Conference in Vancouver, Washington. There, he had the opportunity to address the attendees and share firsthand the profound impact the CLC Scholarship has had on his personal and professional journey in the construction industry.

Jacob Bess, member of the class of 2024

Husky 100: Ari Lazowski

Ari Lazowski, B.S. Construction Management; B.S. Real Estate Class of 2023

“People don’t always associate construction and compassion– but my path at UW has been built on both. Construction is the possibility of new worlds, those worlds are more promising through ripples of kindness, perseverance, and community. I believe UW has strengthened my faith in all of these, guiding my path forward.”

CM Welcomes Dr. Amos Darko

In pursuit of our vision for a more just and beautiful world, the College of Built Environments continues to implement an important part of our strategic framework: growing our capacity for collaborative interdisciplinary work with the goal of advancing climate solutions.

Dr. Amos Darko

We are excited to announce that Dr. Amos Darko has joined the Construction Management faculty as part of our interdisciplinary faculty cohort. Dr. Darko brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience in sustainability, sustainable built environment, sustainable construction, green building, modular construction, project management, and digital technologies including building information modeling and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Darko earned his Ph.D. degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2019, and his BSc degree (First Class Honors) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2014. Before joining the University of Washington, Dr. Darko was a Research Assistant Professor at PolyU.

Dr. Darko has published numerous papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and books. His papers have been rated as highly cited and hot papers by the Web of Science. His paper is the most cited paper of all time in the International Journal of Construction Management. He has also been ranked among the world’s top 2% most cited scientists by Elsevier BV and Stanford University. Dr. Darko has received several awards for his outstanding work, including the Green Talents Award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2020, the Global Top Peer Reviewer Award from the Web of Science Group in 2019, the Outstanding Overseas Young Scholars Award from Central South University in 2019, and the Best Construction Technology and Management Student Award from KNUST in 2014.

Dr. Darko’s work has been supported by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office of Hong Kong, and several internal grants.

Dr. Darko is an Associate Editor of Green Building and Construction Economics, an Associate Editor of Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, and an Academic Editor of Advances in Civil Engineering.

“I am excited to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines to tackle the pressing challenges of sustainability and climate change, and to contribute to shaping a more just and beautiful world,” said Dr. Darko.