CEM program wins AGC award for Excellence in Education

On October 28, faculty and students from the Construction Engineering and Management program attended the AGC Colorado Industry Gala and ACE awards, and received the award for Excellence in Education.

This event is the state’s biggest commercial building construction event of the year, bringing together general contractors, specialty contractors, architects, owners, and professional firms supporting the industry, key leaders and staff from related associations, legislators and other industry supporters for a night of networking, recognition, and celebration.

Congratulations!

CEM program tours RK Mechanical and VA hospital

IMG_0894On 15 April, the CEM program spent the day in the field, taking 38 students and five faculty/staff to two educational locations.  First we toured RK Mechanical contractor’s fabrication facility in Henderson, CO.  The tour included an overview on how the company uses state-of-the-art technology to improve quality and efficiency through manufacture of construction components in a controlled facility. We also toured the facility and RK Mechanical provided lunch and hardhats for everyone.

The second part of the day was spent at the new VA hospital project touring the huge, complex facility.  The students appreciated the real world exposure to the life cycle of a construction project from drawings to installation to operation.

CEM program celebrates two years

On April 22, the Construction Engineering and Management program celebrated two successful years with a gathering at Tivoli Brewing Company. Nearly 100 people attended, including students, faculty, members of industry, and additional friends of the program.

Chancellor Horrell was the guest of honor and welcomed the crowd with a few words about CU Denver and the importance of its connections to industry.  Dr. Rens presented her with her own personal protective equipment (PPE) including a CU Denver hard hat, which she said she will wear proudly.  The event was a great success, and CEM is already looking forward to the next one!

CEM program receives $3M grant from CDOT

Faculty members from the Construction Engineering and Management program are part of a local industry-academia collaborative team that has been awarded a nearly $3 million grant by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The grant, entitled, “Project Management Employee Development Program (PMEDP)” was given notice to proceed this month and will support a three-year project that seeks to “enhance CDOT’s project management techniques, practices, and applications through a comprehensive blended and integrated employee development program in order to reinforce a culture of project management within CDOT.”

CU Denver is partnering with LS Gallegos & Associates Inc. and AECOM on the project. The CEM program is excited to serve as the lead on one of the largest program elements, Training Course Implementation. The CEM program is confident such work, as highlighted in the proposal, will solidify the fact that “In the past CDOT has had a close working relationship with CU Denver. This program will provide the opportunity to continue that relationship to the benefit of CDOT and CU Denver.”

CEM class makes a site visit

IMG_0859On September 17, 2014, 17 students enrolled in Construction Materials and Methods, along with several faculty and graduate students from the Construction Engineering and Management program, made a site visit to the Cherry Creek Bridge Deck Replacement Project.  The project, at the corner of Cherry Creek and University, is slated for completion before Thanksgiving and is under the supervision of Kevin Rens, chair of civil engineering and director of construction engineering and management. Student observed many site conditions including the partial completion of two lanes of traffic, the debris catchment system, and epoxied rebar primed for the upcoming closure pour.

Read the CU Denver story about this new program.