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Alumni Spotlight: ANDREW WINDISCH

BOOTS TO SUITS: ANDREW WINDISCH

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER, ALBERICI. ST. LOUIS

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FROM | Jefferson City, MO

THEN | Construction Management degree from MSU (May 2011)

NOW | Assistant Project Manager, Alberici Constructors Inc. in St. Louis, MO

 

ON HIS DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINE:

Quote 1It depends on the project but there’s one constant—wake up early. I try to get to site before my field level supervision and work on whatever I wasn’t able to finish the previous day; this is typically the most productive part of my day. Then morning stretches with the crews and we break for toolbox talks. From there the ball is rolling and it’s usually a blur of meetings to attend and fires (figurative) to put out. That, to me, has always been the appeal of making a living this way. Monday you could be in a suit having lunch with an owner’s rep, Tuesday you’re in work boots working through an issue with a crew of ironworkers.

 

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ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO:

1.    Long Harbour Processing Plant

– Long Harbour, Newfoundland Canada

2.    K+S Legacy Potash Processing Plant

– Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

3.    South Cobb Water Treatment Plant

– Atlanta, GA

4.    Fargo WTP Membrane and Improvements

– Fargo, ND (Current)

 

 

ON LESSONS LEARNED:

Quote 2Communication is key. This is a people industry, period. The best managers I’ve had may not understand the technical intricacies of what they’re building – most don’t have to. What they do possess are two key traits: how to communicate with individuals on their team and how to motivate those individuals to work as a team.

 

 

ON HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE INDUSTRY: IMG_3222

I’ve embraced all of this new and exciting technology available to the industry. I recently received the “2014 Alberici Award for Technical Innovation” for spearheading the company’s transition from Adobe to Bluebeam. As an industry, specifically the steel fab/erect sector that is slow to change, this can be quite difficult at times. It has taken a lot of patience and self-confidence but in the end I was able to demonstrate the organizational benefits of making the move to Bluebeam. We are currently looking at options for using Revit to maintain a “constructability model” with great initial feedback. This allows us to work within a 3D environment right up until the point of generating shop drawings on a branded Alberici title block – exciting stuff.

 

 

 ON THE BEST ADVICE HE’S BEEN GIVEN THAT IS WORTHY OF PASSING ON: 

Quote 3 I had a seasoned Ironworker superintendent once tell me, “Hey kid… first you get good, then you get fast.” That phrase has always stuck with me. Most of us in the industry have an ever-changing work environment and responsibilities. That’s what I like about it, but this can lead to frustration when thrown into a new situation. It’s always beneficial to think with the end game in sight, take your time up front, and establish procedures that allow for the team to work efficiently when implemented.

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Three MSU Students Awarded Scholarships from The Builders’ Association

The Missouri State University Construction Management program was well represented at The Builders’ Association Scholarship Banquet earlier this month. Among other considerations, scholarships were awarded based on applicants’ academic merit, extracurricular activities, attitude, and interest in a construction industry career. Three Bears received recognition at the event. Read more about their successes in an excerpt of the press release below. The full press release can be found on the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce web sites.

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Twenty Students Awarded Scholarships at 128th Anniversary Banquet of The Builders’ Association

Kansas City, MO – Twenty outstanding students received scholarships at The Builders’ Association’s 128th Anniversary Banquet. The event was held on Friday, February 13, 2015, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. The scholarships were funded by donations to The Builders’ Association Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit endowment fund established to support, through scholarships, the academic education of individuals who seek careers in the commercial construction industry. The students are:

 

• SERGIO M. LESCANO, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC SCHOLARSHIP (pictured: third from left, top row)

Sergio Lescano, a junior at MSU, will graduate in May 2016 with a B.S. degree in Construction Management. He grew up in Argentina and moved to the United States following high school. After a year at MSU’s English Language Institute, he began working toward his Construction Management degree. He is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society and the AGC Construction Club. He looks forward to a construction career and to becoming a community leader with an organization such as Habitat for Humanity.

 

• AARON M. PARKHURST, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, JAMES L. “SKIP” HUTTON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP (pictured: fourth from left, top row)

Aaron Parkhurst, a sophomore at MSU, will graduate in May 2017 with a B.S. degree in Construction Management. He is a member of the AGC Construction Club at MSU. During the past two summers, he has hung drywall, framed metal studs, and installed acoustical ceilings for Modern Interiors, Inc. During high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Varsity Golf Team, as well as an officer of the Future Farmers of America. He hopes to become a project manager in the commercial construction industry.

 

• SAMUEL S. MAHER, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, THE BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP (not pictured)

Sam Maher, a senior at Missouri State, will receive his B.S. degree in Construction Management in December 2015. He is treasurer of the AGC Construction Club at MSU and Secretary of the Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honor Society. He was on the Commercial Team that placed first in the ASC Region IV Competition in 2014. At McAuley High School in Joplin, he was captain of the varsity football and basketball teams and president of the student council. He would like to become a project manager with a commercial general contractor.

 

About The Builders’ Association

Don Greenwell is President of The Builders’ Association, which represents 825 general contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and service provider member companies employing about 25,000 people. With nearly 130 years of service to the commercial construction industry, it also operates training and plan room service centers in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield, as well as its Education & Training Center in North Kansas City. The Builders’ Association’s sister organization, the Kansas City Chapter, AGC, currently represents over 135 firms and is part of the AGC of America, the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. Visit The Builders’ Association online at www.buildersassociation.com.

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Careers that could pay upwards of $30 an hour – you guessed it, Construction Managers!

Construction Managers rank in at an average annual salary of $90,960!

Find out why this career pays so well:

Careers That Could Pay Upwards Of $30 An Hour

Swing by the Technology and Construction Management Office in Glass 200 to learn more about careers in construction management.

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Cost Estimators Currently in U.S. Top 3 Rapidly Growing Careers

Cost Estimators are currently in the U.S. top 3 for rapidly growing careers, with an estimated 67,500 new jobs in the next decade.

This position generally requires a bachelor’s degree in construction management.  Stop by the Technology and Construction Management Office today in Glass 200 to learn how you can get started on a career in construction management!

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Six Careers Undergoing Rapid Growth

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Professors awarded research contract for project

Drs. Dianne Slattery and Kerry Slattery, professors of technology and construction management at Missouri State University, were recently awarded a $181,000 research contract from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through the Illinois Center for Transportation for the project “Enhancements to the Highway Construction Scheduling Expert System.”

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