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.

Oakland Middle School students earn Gold Medal at STEM Fair for their work with ashcrete block shelters


Four students from Oakwood Middle School in Murfreesboro Tennessee earned a Gold Medal at the Rutherford County Schools STEM Fair on March 22nd.  Their project, entitled "Building Blocks for Humanity", involved developing building blocks made out of ash and Portland Cement for use in low-cost, portable homeless shelters.  In addition to the Gold Medal, the young women earned Special Recognition from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development for their innovative idea.

Oakland Middle

The team met with Kevin Overall, Lab Director at MTSU's School of Concrete and Construction Management, to test different proportions of ash and Portland Cement to identify the optimal mix for durability, cost and performance of the blocks.

Oakland Middle Lab

Congratulations to Katalina, Emmaline, Amanda and Sarah and their teachers at Oakwood Middle School on their innovative idea and excellent presentation of their results.

Brittany Thomas from SCCM joined Local AGC Members and Became QPR Instructor Certified

Local AGC Members become QPR trainers

AGC Middle TN is working to help reduce the suicide rate in our industry.

Step one: Create a group of local QPR trainers with industry specific knowledge and background. ✔️

Last Thursday, these 9 individuals from the Middle Tennessee construction industry became certified QPR instructors through a class with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. QPR stands for "Question, Persuade, Refer" and is the CPR/First Aid of mental health. These fine people pictured will now be able to host QPR classes with industry specific discussions and share best practices.

Thank you to these companies, schools, and agencies for stepping up and supporting our mission to reduce suicide rates in our industry.


  • Peter Church, JE Dunn Construction
  • Joe Shaw, JE Dunn Construction
  • Thomas Reed, AGC Middle TN Director of Health & Safety
  • Mick Bentley, Messer Construction
  • James Petty, Messer Construction
  • Shanda L. McMillen, Hardaway Construction
  • Terry Hopkins, TOSHA
  • Mike Williams, Turner Construction
  • Brittany Thomas, MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management

If you would like Thomas Reed to host a QPR class to prepare your staff to assist in a mental health crisis, please contact him at



Successful CIM Alumnus Shared Personal Business Story with Seniors

Reggie PolkReggie and Tanora Polk, owners of Polk & Associates Construction in Nashville, talk to seniors in the School of Concrete and Construction Management (SCCM) about starting and building a successful business in the construction industry.  Reggie is a 2003 graduate of the Concrete Industry Management program.  SCCM is proud of our alumni and their continuing commitment to share their knowledge with our students.

Concrete and Academy Awards

Concrete and Academy Awards

When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences needed to choose a material for their iconic museum building, they chose concrete.  The spherical building design requiring large, open interior spaces was made possible by using precast concrete sections assembled in place at the job site.  Read more about this amazing building at (article link here).

The Precast Show Competition

The Project PrecastI recently returned from "The Precast Show" in Kansas City. I represented Middle Tennessee State University in a team design competition called "Project Precast". I applied and was selected to participate and was provided with an all-expense paid trip to the convention. The best part was being on the team that won the competition. In the link below are more pictures that were posted earlier this week and an image of competition participants. Additional information can be found at This was a great experience and maybe something other students can be a part of in the future.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please reach out to me.

Alexander Fairley
Concrete Industry Management Class of 2023

SCCM Partners with Industry to get State of the Art Technology in the Hands of Students

Empowering the next generation

ACI Student Chapter

2022 Second Annual ACI Competition. This competition is hosted by Chico State's ACI organization, but all ACI schools are welcome to participate. Last year's competition consisted of a concrete tensegrity table (pictures of last year's submission below)...

Chico State Concrete tensegrity table 


chico state tensegrity Table 2

The competition revolves around some decorative & creative elements as you can see from above. This year, the task of the competition is to build a functioning concrete treasure chest no bigger than 1 foot in any direction. We will be competing between all ACI schools (5) and the winner gets $1000 to split between its' team members. 

3rd on our busy list is a charity event. To keep a good name, and help give back to the community, ACI will participate in a local Murfreesboro area charity event where we will come together to perform work for some organization in the community that needs it (typically involves small slab pours). Nothing has been penciled in yet for this year, but there is talk of pouring a small sidewalk for a local middle school. I will provide further details when they become available.

Lastly, before the semester ends, we will have to elect new officers for our chapter. I have really enjoyed taking on the role of president for the past few semesters, but unfortunately, my time is coming to an end as I am graduating in the spring. Currently, we have Clay Karsner, Cody Konkle, and Keagan Smith in the run-in for President, and Aric Rickman and Kyle West are running for VP. There is also a Treasurer/Secretary position available, but this doesn't mean these spots are full. If anyone is interested in running for any of these positions, they are more than welcome to. Speaking from experience, it only takes some organization, and a little enthusiasm in what you do. 

As I said before, ACI is a great way to get connected with everyone in the CIM department, as well as create great relationships in the real world (not to mention it looks great on a resume). I currently am a fulltime student, work in my spare time, and am still able to enjoy the benefits of the ACI, so time is not an issue.

If anybody has any questions about anything listed above, or the club in general, feel free to call or text my cell anytime at (931) 580-8876, or I also check my email regularly at I will be happy to assist!

Cam Price
ACI Student Chapter President

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Topic 

Dr. Whitman's Research

Dr. Blake Whitman from MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management, in collaboration with Dr. Perez from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auburn University, have been awarded a one year National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Topic (20-05/53-09) that will investigate the use of unmanned aerial systems for inspection of stormwater best management practices.   The objective of the synthesis is to document the state-of-the-practices of all state departments of transportation use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as a tool for stormwater best management inspections. More information on the synthesis can be found here.

MTSU NAHB Student Competition Team

NAHB Student Competition

Please congratulate our competition team members Cynthia Zubia, Michael Baker, Johnathan Espinoza, Cedric Cleveland, Frank Snow, Alex Moore, Daniel Kidd, Mina Zaki, and Sunday Wooden. 

Our MTSU NAHB Student Competition team came in 5th out 26 teams in the 4-year production home competition at the International Builders Show in Orlando. The competition team started organizing the project in September of 2021. The written proposal was submitted in December and they presented a summary of their proposal to a panel of four judges on Monday, Feb 7th. 

The proposal was for a planned development with 445 single family lots on 120 acres of land. They did a market analysis, land and site development plan, created a marketing plan for sales and advertising, then did a financial analysis that broke down expenses and income for the duration of the project. They came up with a net profit for the project of $21 million on $215 million in revenue for a project in Celina, Texas. They provided the judges with a market risk analysis with a projected timeline of March 2022 through September 2025. 

Students use their skills and help Habitat for Humanity

Slideshow for 11/13/21

Slideshow for 11/14/21


ASP Project by Residential Construction Students

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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.

Topping out Ceremony #1

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)

Dr. McPhee signing

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)

Students signing beam

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)

 9-14-21 ceremony

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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‘MTSU On the Record’ flies over construction sites to check stormwater runoff – 


Dr. Blake Whitman

Indy Car


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."

MTSU faculty and students do concrete work for the Music City Grand Prix

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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


Out of the Blue Interview with Dr. Kelly Strong


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.

We invite you to browse our website to explore our many activities or to find ways to be involved.  Thank you for your interest in the School of Concrete and Construction Management at Middle Tennessee State University.


Time Lapse from the Building in Progress

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