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Cm department on team that wins western states seismic policy council 2012 national award for excellence

The University of Washington wins the WSSPC 2012 National Awards in Excellence.  Students from the University of Washington, with support from county and state emergency management officials, created a community-driven process to identify potential locations for vertical evacuation from a tsunami. This project addressed four coastal communities in Pacific County: Long Beach, Ilwaco/Seaview,Ocean Park, and Tokeland/North Cove. In the future, the project team will work with additional Washington coastal counties.

The winning report can be read here. John Schelling of Washington Emergency Management will accept the award at the 2012 National Earthquake Conference.

Giovanni C. Migliaccio Joins the CM Faculty

Giovanni C. Migliaccio joined the CM Faculty this August as an Assistant Professor. He was most recently an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master-level degree from Politecnico di Bari in Italy. Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked in Italy in the project management of telecommunication construction projects under Nortel Networks and Nokia Networks. At UW, he will be teaching project management, construction materials and methods and utility system construction. Professor Migliaccio has an established and diverse research portfolio. His areas of specialization and research include: (1) innovative procurement, and delivery practices for infrastructure projects, (2) ergonomics and physiological demand of construction work, (3) sustainable asset management, and (4) continuous quality improvement and benchmarking of construction projects. His research uses a combination of methods, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. He is active in various industry organizations, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Construction Industry Institute (CII). He is also a member of the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and the Native American transportation issues committee at TRB.

UW’s NECA Student Chapter Wins Second PLACE in 2nd Annual Green Energy Challenge

UW’s National Electrical Contractors Association Chapter won second place in the 2nd Annual Green Energy Challenge. UW team members (pictured left to right) Logan Ordona, Casey Stulc, Justin Ripkin, Korey Dunkel, Andrea Haluptzok and Nick Lopez had their presentation was ranked first among all competing teams.

The Green Energy Challenge invites teams of students studying electrical construction, engineering, design and management to conduct an energy audit of a nearby commercial or institutional facility in need of energy-efficiency improvements. Based on their energy audit findings, teams then submit a preliminary design of an energy retrofit that could include alternative energy sources.

UW’s MCAA Student Chapter Wins National Competition

UW’s Mechanical Contractors Student Chapter won first place in the MCAA 2009–2010 Student Chapter Competition with a top-ranked proposal for renovating the mechanical and plumbing systems for a hospital cafeteria. UW team members Joey Berger, Kyle Hughes, Matt Leigh, Matt Tong, Ted Wegrich and Tony Zuniga-Sanchez received the first place trophy – which comes with a prize of $5,000 – at the Awards of Excellence Breakfast at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s annual convention in San Francisco, California on March 31. It is the fourth time in 10 years that UW’s CM students have won the MCAA competition.

CM students competed against 25 other student chapter teams in this year’s competition by preparing detailed proposals for the five-phased renovation of a 42,000-square-foot cafeteria serving the Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, CO. The competition was based on an actual project, which required that the food service operation be maintained for the duration of the project.

One of four finalist teams based on their outstanding written proposal, the UW team traveled to MCAA’s annual convention in March for the final stage of the competition. A panel of industry judges ranked UW first after hearing oral presentations by students from UW, Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Oregon State University.

John Schaufelberger Named MCAA Educator of the Year

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) presented its 2009 Educator of the Year Award to UW Professor John Schaufelberger. The CM Department Chair received the award at the Awards of Excellence Breakfast on March 31, 2010 at MCAA’s annual convention in San Francisco, California.

MCAA’s Career Development Committee selected Schaufelberger for the Educator of the Year award based on his mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and active participation in Student Chapter Program activities.

The committee cited the time and effort Schaufelberger has dedicated to student involvement in the University of Washington Mechanical Contractors Student Chapter, including the organization of monthly chapter meetings, field trips to MCAA members’ operations to learn more about the business of contracting, community volunteer programs, trips to the MCAA annual convention, and trips to MCAA’s annual student conference, the Student Chapter Summit. Schaufelberger was also lauded for helping students with fundraising and membership recruitment activities, and working with undergraduates to find internships and graduates to find full-time positions.

Schaufelberger’s students credit him in large part for the chapter’s success in MCAA’s annual student chapter competition – four wins since the competition began in 2001 (including this year’s competition) – and a second place showing in 2009.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) represents more than 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service.

Jack Rafn wins Northwest Construction’s inaugural Legacy Award

Jack Rafn, CM ‘67, owner of Rafn Co. of Bellevue and the founder of the Western Washington Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), was the first recipient of Northwest Construction’s new Legacy award. Northwest Construction, a publication of McGraw-Hill, launched the awards in 2009 to recognize individuals who have made a lasting change in the local construction industry. After graduating from the UW Department of Construction Management in 1967, Rafn worked for a local construction/development company as construction manager and vice president before leaving in 1978 to launch the Rafn Company, a merit-shop general contracting firm. Rafn was lauded for devoting his career to the construction industry, and for promoting visionary ideas that included supporting a collaborative process with project team members and encouraging education for craft workers. Rafn is a member of the University of Washington President’s Club and has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Built Environments, the Construction Management Advisory Council, and the Architectural Professional Council. He was a member of many local and national committees at ABC, including the Beam Club, ABC National’s new member recruitment group. He recruited more new members to the chapter than any other member. Read more in the Cover Story in the January issue of Northwest Construction. Read full article

CM Graduates Help to Build School in Zambia

Dan Wachtler, a 2009 CM graduate, is putting his construction management skills to work as project manager in Zambia to build a school through Construction for Change, a non-profit organization founded by three 2006 CM graduates.
In a small village 28 hours of travel and a world of comforts away from Seattle, Wachtler and co-project manager Kyle Parrish are helping to build the Limulunga Community School for the Seattle nonprofit, Construction for Change. Wachtler and Parrish oversee the work of 23 Zambians building the school, which will give 700 students a new facility with onsite well and septic systems. Located just outside Mongu, Limulunga provides free education for community children ages 5-18. Construction for Change, which was created by 2006 CM grads Nick Tosti, Elijah Grindstaff and Mike McEvoy. provides construction managers for special projects around the world with the goal of helping to eradicate poverty through construction of needed infrastructure. The current Limulunga school is the second one built by Construction for Change. The first was managed by CM graduates Tyler Nelson and Eric Hardie. Read more in “Seattle-based nonprofit helps Zambians build school,” printed January 4, 2010 in The Seattle Times. Read full article

Schaufelberger Elected to National Academy of Construction

CM Department Chair and professor John E. Schaufelberger was one of 10 construction executives nationwide inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2009. Schaufelberger, also a retired Army Corps of Engineers officer, was recognized by NAC for his “outstanding leadership as a professor and author of textbooks, who brings his many years of industry experience into academia." He was inducted into the prestigious group at its annual meeting in Wilmington, Delaware October 29 and 30, 2009.

Founded in Austin, Texas in 1999, NAC is an organization currently made up of 110 industry leaders whose professional career demonstrates outstanding contribution to the effectiveness of the engineering and construction industry and whose accomplishments have received wide recognition by industry peers. Election of new members follows peer nominations and a vote by the entire NAC membership.

UW Team Wins NECA Green Energy Challenge

UW’s NECA Student Chapter team won the first Green Energy Challenge sponsored by the National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) and ELECTRI International by helping a local elementary school become more energy efficient. The new national competition invited teams of university students studying electrical construction, engineering, design and management to conduct an energy audit of a local K-12 school. Entries were evaluated by a committee of electrical construction experts, who chose the UW team as one of three finalists at a regional competition in May. The winning team included Joseph E. Berger, Kyle R. Hughes, Scott McIntyre, Robert Radulescu, Matthew B. Tong, and Ted L. Wegrich. UW team leader Joey Berger was also recognized for his excellent presentation skills.

UW was named the winner at NECA’s annual national conference in Seattle in September 2009 after presenting a plan to install a photovoltaic system that teachers could integrate into Wedgwood Elementary School's curriculum for students to learn about energy savings. The UW team was awarded more than $6,000 in prize money from Southern Contracting Company of San Marcos, California for being a finalist and winner of the contest.

Omar El-Anwar Joins CM Faculty as Assistant Professor

Omar El-Anwar joined the CM Faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor. He was most recently a research and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering as a W.E. O’Neil Pre-Doctoral Fellow. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Cairo University in Egypt, where he also worked as a structural engineer. He will be teaching construction accounting and estimating this year at UW.
Professor El-Anwar has conducted extensive research into multi-objective optimization of large-scale temporary housing arrangements after natural disasters. His research interests include developing robust, IT-based decision support systems to maximize the sustainability of heavy infrastructure systems and buildings with an emphasis on the areas of sustainable post-disaster recovery, disaster management, construction sustainability, sustainable development, intelligent resource utilization, and multi-objective optimization of construction decisions.


Multi-Family Team Places First in ASC Competition

Construction Management students led by Department Chair John Schaufelberger won several awards at the Associated Schools of Construction regional student competition in Reno, Nevada in February 2009, including a first-place finish for the Multi-Family team. In addition to the first place in the multi-family construction competition, UW teams took third place in the commercial, heavy civil and marine construction (graduate) competitions.

More than 1,300 students from 38 universities competed in the ASC Regional Competition, which includes 13 states from the Rocky Mountain and Western regions. Each student team of six was given 16 hours to develop plans for the construction of a project and prepare a written proposal before making a 20-minute presentation to the judges. The ASC’s 2010 Student Competition and Construction Management Conference takes place Feb. 10-13, 2010 in Reno.

CM Students Win National ABC Competition

A team of Construction Management students won the title
of Construction Management Champions in a national competition sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in Honolulu this winter. The four-student team topped 20 other teams from colleges and universities across the country.

The winning team members—Webb Miller, Morgan Mann, Tristie Tajima and Kevin Atkinson—planned a project that assessed skills in project management and scheduling, estimating and safety. The two days of competition were focused on a bids-day format, in which teams were given subcontractor bids every 15 minutes and were required to submit an overall bid with supporting materials, project management schedules and safety plans. Five finalist teams were chosen to verbally present their submission to a panel of judges acting as owner's reps and design professionals. The UW team won the project management/scheduling and safety categories in addition to winning the overall Construction Management Champions title.

The ABC competition gives the nation’s top construction management students a glimpse into the real world of construction, as well as an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and the coveted “Construction Management Champions” title.

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