Our Communities of Practice

The Safety, Health and Well-being Community of Practice is comprised of teaching, research, and industry engagement projects that seek to achieve significant safety and health performance outcomes in the industry for the well-being of workers and the betterment of communities.
The Smart Design and Construction Community of Practice is comprised of teaching, research, and industry engagement projects that support planning, designing and constructing an intelligent and adaptable built environment for improved performance, resilience and sustainability.
The Human-Centered Issues Community of Practice (COP) is comprised of teaching, research, and outreach projects that support a sustainable, well-led, productive, and human-centric built environment.
The Infrastructure and Project Management Community of Practice (COP) focuses on teaching, research, and outreach projects that seek to improve the management of infrastructure and construction projects.

News & Announcements

Two Building Construction Beyond Boundaries Scholars recognized.

The Beyond Boundaries Scholars program doubles the impact of qualifying scholarship donations that help underrepresented and high-achieving students.

Thanks to more than 120 generous donors to the program, 231 Virginia Tech students are on track to realizing their dreams. Every one of them has an inspiring story. We hope you enjoy reading several of them below.

Philip Agee, a PhD candidate within Virginia Tech’s Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, traveled to Switzerland’s Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) to attend BEHAVE 2018. This is the 5th European Conference on Behavior and Energy Efficiency. His trip and research was supported by Dr. Andrew McCoy, Head of the Department of Building Construction, Director, of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and Dr. Freddy Paige, Assistant Professor VCEMP/Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Matthew O’Neill, a senior majoring in Construction Engineering and Management, spent his summer in the place with more hours of daylight than anywhere else in the United States. He interned with Kiewit’s Northwest District in Anchorage, Alaska. The Northwest District is one of the top leaders in heavy construction. He specifically worked on the Petroleum and Cement Terminal Project.              

Students enrolled in the BC 2044 course toured the ACME Panel in Radford, Virginia. BC 2044 is a second year core class in construction materials. This course teaches students about materials and properties that they’ll be using on the job site. It allows students to investigate and experiment with the properties and behavior of building materials. Besides the classical building materials such as steel, concrete and wood, there are a variety of new building materials to investigate.

Don Riblet is a senior majoring in Building Construction within the Myers – Lawson School of Construction. This past summer he interned with Kiewit. WayUp, a website for college students and recent grads seeking jobs and internships, listed Kiewit as one of the top 100 places to intern. Don spent his time with Kiewit working in the Underground District. They have been a leader within the tunneling industry for over 50 years. Their projects focus on transportation, environmental facilities, power, mining, bridges and telecommunications.

David Harrington is a senior majoring in Building Construction and Real Estate. He spent this past summer interning with Centennial Contracting. The have more than 30 offices nationwide and serves institutions, government agencies and the private industry. They are a member of the Bilfinger Engineering and Services Group and are the nation’s foremost practitioner of Job Order Contracting project delivery.

Q: What are some of the interesting things you were able to see/do while on the job?