UA Little Rock staff join donors and community leaders in a dedication ceremony for the university’s new AGC of Arkansas Building Information Modeling Lab. Those pictured, L to R, include Dr. Lawrence Whitman, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology, Chancellor Christina Drale, Roger Marlin, immediate past president of AGC Arkansas, Dr. Hollis “Hank” Bray, chair of the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering, and Ben France, vice president of economic development at Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Ben Krain.

UA Little Rock dedicates building modeling lab in honor of AGC Arkansas

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Arkansas has donated $30,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to establish a fund to support the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab for construction management and engineering students.  Continue reading “UA Little Rock dedicates building modeling lab in honor of AGC Arkansas”

Two UA Little Rock programs earn accreditation

Two programs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology have received accreditation from ABET. Continue reading “Two UA Little Rock programs earn accreditation”

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

 Tramel to receive Champion of Construction Award 

Michael Tramel, chair of the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Champion of Construction Award.  Continue reading ” Tramel to receive Champion of Construction Award “

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”

An iron worker handles an iron beam during the construction of the Windgate Center of Art + Design building at UA Little Rock. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UA Little Rock Communications.

UA Little Rock offers new graduate certificate on estimating management

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has launched a new graduate certificate program in a growing field in the construction industry.  Continue reading “UA Little Rock offers new graduate certificate on estimating management”