UA Little Rock students won first place in the Sustainability Competition for their build of this sustainable dog house.

UA Little Rock students win first place in sustainability competition

A team of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students brought home first place in the Sustainability Competition at the American Society of Civil Engineers Deep South Student Conference for their design and build of a sustainable doghouse. Continue reading “UA Little Rock students win first place in sustainability competition”

Artist Kevin Kresse stands by his sculpture, "The Ground Breaker," that was recently installed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Photo by Ben Krain/UA Little Rock Communications.

Groundbreaking sculpture finds new home at UA Little Rock

In 2000, Jack Kinnaman, founder of Kinko Constructors Inc., became enamored with a sculpture Kevin Kresse, a family friend, created for his daughter. The sculpture was so beautiful that Kinnaman asked Kresse to create a life-size sculpture for his home.  Continue reading “Groundbreaking sculpture finds new home at UA Little Rock”

The team (L to R) includes John Coleman, Jonathan Henderson, Julie Sanders, Casey Baker, Jonathan Picking, and David Greenwood.

UA Little Rock students take third place in heavy civil engineering competition

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock construction engineering team took third place at the TEXO/Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 competition on Feb. 19 in Dallas.

The team, led by Larry Blackmon, faculty coach, represented the UA Little Rock Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering.

UA Little Rock students Casey Baker of Benton, John Coleman of Malvern, David Greenwood of Benton, Jonathan Henderson of China, Texas, Johnny Picking of Hot Springs, and Julie Sanders of Saltillo represented UA Little Rock in the Heavy Civil category.

The construction problem involved delivering a budget, schedule, and proposal for a rehabilitation and upgrade for the Dallas County Park Municipal Water Treatment Plant.

Archer Western, the sponsoring company, originally bid the project for $33.7 million in 2010. Archer Western played the role of the customer while teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas took the role of construction manager at risk.

The competition took place over three days. Teams from each school received documents in advance from Archer Western on Saturday, Feb. 17,  and had only 16 hours to complete them and finalize their bidding estimate, worth 70 percent of their overall score. On Sunday, Feb. 18, the team traveled to Dallas to prepare their presentations, worth 30 percent of the final score, which they delivered on Monday, Feb. 19.

The team earned third place with a bid of $33.1 million.

In the upper right photo, the team (L to R) includes John Coleman, Jonathan Henderson, Julie Sanders, Casey Baker, Jonathan Picking, and David Greenwood.

J. Michael Tramel

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Joseph Eggburn

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At just 22, Joseph Eggburn, of Sheridan, has already worked on important construction projects familiar to residents of central Arkansas – the Outlets of Little Rock off I-30 and the recently completed on-ramp from Cantrell Road to I-430 in west Little Rock.  Continue reading “On the road to success: Joseph Eggburn”

Heather Hightower

Graduating student finds passion for construction management at UA Little Rock

After spending 14 years working in retail, Heather Hightower saw her move to Arkansas to be closer to her wife’s family as an opportunity to go back to school and start a new career.  Continue reading “Graduating student finds passion for construction management at UA Little Rock”

Heather Hightower

Hightower places third in national competition for engineering students

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has won a national award for an ethics paper exploring whether engineering faculty should teach if they have not obtained a professional license. Continue reading “Hightower places third in national competition for engineering students”

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Rendering of a proposed tornado shelter designed by UA Little Rock students.

EIT students design tornado shelters for UA Little Rock

Arkansas lies in a region susceptible to the country’s highest tornado wind speeds — up to 250 miles per hour, according to FEMA.

Twelve students from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering faced a unique problem for their senior design project.

“We were presented with the challenge of designing a tornado shelter that would be between the Engineering and Information Technology building and the Business building,” Dan Blair, a UA Little Rock senior, said. “The goal is to design a building that could resist tornado wind speeds and projectiles.”

Senior class members include Abdulaziz Alanazi, Daniel Blair, Julian Castillo, Jeff Choate, Marie Kabera, Matt Mitchell, Drew Potter, Ross Phillips, Norbert Rungano, Dylan Singleton, David Stinnett, and Jessica Vinson. Professors Dr. Nick Jovanovic and Dr. Hank Bray teach the professional engineering seminar and engineering design project courses and serve as faculty advisers for the project.

Industry sponsors from Cromwell Architects Engineers and CDI Contractors created the design challenge for the seniors. Participating Cromwell members include Joe Hilliard, director of engineering; Mike Callahan, lead structural engineer; Paul Timko, structural engineer; and Larry Newkirk, structural designer. Estimator Daniel Bowen and Senior Project Manager David Cooan joined the team from CDI Contractors.

During the school year, the industry sponsors meet with the students every two weeks to meet project deadlines. They also serve as project supervisors and mentors to the students.  

“We build on the skills they learn all year at UA Little Rock,” said Mike Callahan, lead structural engineer at Cromwell Architects Engineers. “We give the design team a project, and then we guide them from the beginning to the end of the project. We love helping the students see how all the pieces of a puzzle come together in the end.”

Cromwell and CDI have been industry sponsors for the senior design project for the past five years with the goal of serving the community.

“It’s a good way to give back to the community,” Callahan said. “It also helps us to develop a strong workforce. We have a vested interest in making sure students come out of school well trained.”

Split into three teams, the seniors took up the challenge of designing shelters to withstand wind speeds of 160, 200, and 250 miles per hour. Over the course of a year, the teams completed everything from comparing structural framing and foundation systems to developing a construction cost estimate and schedule.

The final designs contained buildings that could accommodate up to 894 people during a tornado with bathrooms, a kitchen, a training room, and a computer server room.

The cost of the buildings rose with wind speed protection. The building that protected against wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour would cost approximately $2.7 million and take 165 working days to build. The building that protects against 200 mile-per-hour wind speeds costs around $2.76 million and takes 261 days to build. Finally, the building that protects against 250 mile-per-hour wind speeds costs around $3.2 million and takes 267 days to complete.

The project won first place in the engineering/technology division of the UA Little Rock Student Research and Creative Works Expo and is being submitted for other contests.