School of Concrete and Construction Management
The MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management appreciates your interest in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The School offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Concrete Industry Management and Construction Management with concentrations to focus education in an area that most interests the student, their skills, and future career goals. In addition, CIM has an online graduate program to receive an M.B.A. with an emphasis in concrete.
MTSU celebrates concrete, construction
building progress with topping-out ceremony
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Workers with Hoar Construction continue making tremendous progress on the $40.1 million MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management Building on the southwest side of campus.
University and construction officials converged on the site Tuesday, Sept. 14, for a topping-out ceremony to celebrate the daily progression being made by construction workers by signing the final beam and watching it lifted by crane to the top of the structure.
The 54,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in 15 months, in time for Fall 2022 classes. The facility features classrooms, faculty and staff offices and laboratory space for Concrete Industry Management — one of the most exclusive programs in the nation — and Construction Management, both of which provide interns and ready-to-work graduates awaiting potentially lucrative careers.
“The disruptive effects of the past year and a half have been no match for determination of the incredible team responsible for the headway made on this state-of-the-art facility for one of our most sought-after and in-demand academic programs,” university President Sidney A. McPhee said to those gathered at the site, referencing the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelly Strong, School of Concrete and Construction director and professor, told the audience “how this is a complicated, iconic building with four different structural systems and many, many different types of concrete.
“The entire building has been designed and built to serve as a learning lab for the next generation of construction professionals. The project leadership teams have worked hard to overcome many challenges in the supply chain to keep us on budget, on schedule, with high quality and a safe work site. We appreciate their commitment to provide a showcase building for our faculty, staff and students.”
Strong offered a special thanks “to the approximately 200 skilled trade workers who have worked on this project since March, with zero lost time accidents on the job site.”
McPhee and Strong offered shout-outs to architects Orcutt Winslow, Hoar Construction and Jamie Brewer and Bill Waits from the MTSU Campus Planning staff.
The president also recognized the Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee, CIM Patrons, generous donors, alumni and many regional employers “who have all invested in our mission of educating students in world-class academics and best practices in concrete and construction,” he said.
About 30 CIM Patrons, a local, grassroots advisory group giving time, talent and money, and dozens of others provided funding for the building.
“These organizations, individuals and many others have held a clear vision for what our students and faculty need to be best in class in this field,” McPhee added. “As a result of this strong support, this university boasts a compelling story of preparing students to fulfill workforce needs, as well as a keen ability to project and plan for future trends.”
Chris Potter, Hoar Construction project executive, called it “a very unique building that’s required a lot of coordination between us, the university design team and trade contractors. It’s going to be a really great learning facility for this program moving forward.”
Potter, who said MTSU Construction Management student Michael Urban interned during the summer, said “safety is the number one priority. Being on a college campus, student safety is always a big concern, inside the fence and out.”
The new building is among the $1.3 billion in capital construction projects at MTSU in the past 20 years.
Strong provided a history regarding topping-out ceremonies, which are “a construction industry tradition where we celebrate the placement of the final beam on a building, dating back to ancient Scandanavia,” he said.
Combined, there are 325 majors and more than 1,500 graduates in both programs.
With the building in the background, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee welcomes the crowd, praises those involved with the construction and supporters of the new School of Concrete and Construction Management building during the topping-out ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 14, near the construction site. Work is ahead of schedule and is set to be completed in time for fall 2022 classes. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, and MTSU Board of Trustees members J.B. Baker, left, Darrell Freeman, Steve Smith and Pete Delay sign the ceremonial final beam to be placed at the top of the School of Concrete and Construction Management building Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Bragg Parking lot adjacent to the construction site. The 54,000-square-foot, $40.1 million facility is scheduled to open in fall 2022. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
MTSU students sign the ceremonial final beam to be placed at the top of the School of Concrete and Construction Management building Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Bragg Parking lot adjacent to the construction site. The 54,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in 15 months, in time for Fall 2022 classes. The facility features classrooms, faculty and staff offices and laboratory space for Concrete Industry Management and Construction Management, both of which provide interns and ready-to-work graduates awaiting potentially lucrative careers. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
Project superintendents Wyatt Keeton, left, and Tom Hudson with Hoar Construction prepare the U.S. and MTSU flags on the final beam to be placed atop the still-under-construction MTSU School of Concrete and Construction building Tuesday, Sept. 14. Campus officials celebrated with a topping-out event near the construction site. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
"Indy car driver Max Chilton (#59) rounds the corner in front of the School of Concrete and Construction Management logo during a practice lap for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Friday August 6th. SCCM had over 300 and MTSU had over 300 students, faculty, staff attend the three day event thanks to the generous support of the Music Grand Prix organizers and our concrete and construction industry partners. A special thanks goes out to Somero Enterprises for sharing their hospitality trailer with us."
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Congratulations to CIM 2021 graduate Jordan Anderson, who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army on Friday May 7th. Jordan of Morristown, Tennessee was joined by his father Cary and mother Veronica at the commissioning ceremony.
Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 graduates. The pot of gold at the end of your rainbow is ..... a construction project! We appreciate all the commitment and hard work that went into your achievements while you were with us in SCCM.
Take a Look at our New Building
Opening Fall 2022
Students in the School of Concrete and Construction Management are involved in much more at the university than just coursework. The School is proud to have a robust recruiting program to help students connect with internships and full-time careers. Student labs allow for a realistic educational environment with a lot of hands-on learning opportunities and opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. The strong ties to industry allow students unique opportunities including travel to conferences, field trips to job sites, guest lecturers, involvement in research, and a huge network of alumni to help mentor students in the industry.
What do Indy Car Racing and Concrete have in common?
Dr. Heather Brown is leading the effort to develop a mix design for the concrete barriers along the Music City Grand Prix course in Nashville next August. Listen to her interview on WGNS radio to find out.
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