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Ferris State University - 2016

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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

~ A collaborative team of four construction management students and two architecture students took third place at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 design-build competition held on October 14-17, 2015, in Downers Grove, IL. The project involved a preliminary design, a cost estimate, a schedule, and site logistics for a mixed use student residential units, retail, and parking facility on a fictitious campus near St. Louis, MO. The Ferris team, including Construction Management students Maycee Robinson (senior) , Matthey Barrons (junior), Aaron Rustem (sophomore), and Julia Tisdale (sophomore) and Architecture students Meghann Zmuda (senior) and Riley Manier (junior), was coached by Suzanne Miller (Construction Management), Chris Cosper (Architecture), and Joe Pacella (HVACR).

~ Celebration Pavilion
The City of Big Rapids and community leaders, along with Welding faculty Dave Murray and our Welding Engineering Technology students, participated in a ribbon-cutting to honor the completion of the Celebration Pavilion located in Mitchell Creek Park. This is the latest in many artistic contributions our Welding students have built for the Big Rapids community, including sculptures in front of City Hall, next to the Riverwalk, as you enter the community from US 131 and next to the hospital. All are wonderful examples of collaboration and cooperation between our University, the City of Big Rapids, local artists, and private business and industry.

Under Dave Murray’s direction, our Welding students invested thousands of hours of effort in creating and installing the 25-foot diameter, 23-foot high steel structure. Marlies Manning, local landscape architect, designed the artwork for the laser cut aluminum dome which beautifully tells the story of the Big Rapids community enjoying the four seasons and all our area has to offer. Inscribed on the inside is a quote from Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

This project exemplifies how the University is a place where theory meets practice for our students and also demonstrates the increasing international nature of our educational programs. The students who constructed this are not only from Michigan and throughout the Midwest, but also from Botswana and Saudi Arabia. Imagine the sense of pride for our students, from both near and afar, on having created such a beautiful and lasting contribution to the Big Rapids community. If you have not seen this, I encourage you to take a moment to view the amazing work of our students and Dave Murray.

Engineering students -

• Engineering and Technology students competed in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. Ryan Gallagher took gold in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, and also received a Rees Scholarship. The Automated Manufacturing Technology team of Eli Buist, Tyler Cook, and Andrew Ketchum earned a silver medal.

• Forty-four community college Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration instructors attended the 3rd Annual Regional Instructor Workshop sponsored by the HVACR program.

• Kaylie Bohn, an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology student, received the Michigan Dept. of Education Breaking Traditions Award of Merit for her accomplishments in a nontraditional career and technical education program.

• The HVACR program hosted the national SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Competition at the Granger Center. Ferris’ Ryan Gallagher won Gold in HVACR