CWUNews FeedNews Feed Leads Project to Improve Safety for Mechanical Contracting Industry, 08 Sep 2016 07:49:57<p>CWU is part of a project that will lower risk and improve safety in one of America’s most dangerous industries. With $199,944 from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program, the project team will produce a best practices handbook for mechanical crafts. It will be published in English and Spanish.</p><p>Oftentimes best practices originate and end on a single project — there is no common medium to share worker innovations with other mechanical contractors and the industry as a whole. CWU is collaborating with Comfort Systems USA Northwest, McKinstry, and Oregon State University to identify and publish these safe and innovative work practices.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 100px; height: 150px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“This project will make a major impact in the world of construction safety,” said </span>Sathy<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Rajendran<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> (pictured), grant project manager and director of </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> safety and health management program. “This kind of collaboration, thought leadership, and </span>proactivity<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is exactly what we need to truly enhance safety and health performance for construction workers across the state and throughout the industry.”</span></p><p>CWU’s premier safety and health management program prepares excellent safety professionals for the construction trade and various other industries. Its construction safety minor is the only one of its kind in the country.</p><p>“The mechanical contracting industry is one of America’s most dangerous—but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Ali Vahed, a grant team member and safety risk analyst at McKinstry, a national designer, builder, and operator of high-performance buildings. “Mechanical contractors have developed innovative best practices to prevent injuries over the years, but there’s never been a common medium for compiling and sharing those innovations until now. We’ll be setting the bar for best-in-class safety.”</p><p>The $199,944 L&amp;I Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant is funded over 18 months when the grant team will collect, develop, refine and produce a collection of “Safe and Innovative Best Work Practices for Mechanical Crafts” in both English and Spanish.</p><p>Administered by Washington’s Department of Labor &amp; Industries, SHIP’s purpose is to fund and support projects that prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This partnership is the first SHIP grant addressing occupational safety and health as it relates to the mechanical construction industry.</p><p>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>September 8, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Safety and Health Management Program Advisor Honored with Excellence Award, 01 Jul 2016 14:25:49<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Jerry&nbsp;</span>Shupe<span style="line-height: 1.4;">,&nbsp;</span>who<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;serves on the Industry Advisory Board for CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Safety and Health Management Program</a>, has been honored with the 2016 Construction Health and Safety Technician&nbsp;Award of Excellence. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> the 2016 Award of Excellence recipients on June 29, 2016.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Shupe,&nbsp;</span>CSP<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, ASP, CHST, is the corporate director of safety and health for </span>Hensel<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Phelps, a national, full-service facilities solutions provider, with corporate headquarters in Colorado. </span>Shupe<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> received his undergraduate degree in occupational safety and health from Montana Tech. </span></p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of the BCSP announcement</a> on its website.&nbsp;</p><p>June 30, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Construction Majors Build Benches for Local School, 08 Jun 2016 11:36:26<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 480px; height: 492px;"></p><p>No friends? No problem. Buddy benches have arrived at Mount Stuart Elementary’s playground.</p><p>The concept of a buddy bench is simple: if students don’t have a friend to play with during recess, they sit on the bench and wait for someone to make friends with them.</p><p>The benches are meant to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground, and they were community member Linnet Botkin’s brainchild.</p><p>“I hear about bullying and it breaks my heart,” Botkin said. “I like the thought that there’s somewhere a child might go and just sit and other people would be aware and come over and say ‘want to come over and play?’”</p><p>Botkin connected with the construction management department at Central Washington University. Dr. Warren Plugge, a construction management professor, gathered about eight students to build three wooden benches in the Hogue building on campus.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by By JULIA MARTINEZ in the Daily Record.</p><p>CWU construction management students who built the benches are: Matt Offe, Casey Hattrup, Daniel Inman, Jessica Harris, Charles ‘Reno’ Wiebe, Dan Adams, Russell Davis, Caleb Phillips, and Kelly O’Donnell.</p><p>June 6, 2016</p></p style="text-align: center;">New Wind Turbine Installed on Hogue, 26 May 2016 11:30:40<p>ETSC Graduate Teaching Assistant Michael Waytuck led the way for a new wind turbine to be installed on the Hogue Technology Building!&nbsp;</p><p>Further details here: <a href=""></a></p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" scrolling="no" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="270" width="480"></iframe></p>Mixed-use team wins construction competition, 09 Mar 2016 08:23:38<p>In a 16-hour cram session, six&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;students estimated material and labor costs, built a work schedule, and addressed on-the-job challenges for a multimillion-dollar construction project.</p><p>Then they presented their plan to a panel of judges—which happened to include the contracting firm that actually built the California project.</p><p>The firm,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Morley Builders</a>, was so impressed with their work, it named&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;the winner of the mixed-use division at the Associated Schools of Construction&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">student competition</a>&nbsp;last month in Nevada. Although&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;has placed first in other divisions, this is the first time a&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;mixed-use team has won in more than 20 years of competing.</p><p>Morley also offered jobs to all six team members and donated $1,500 to&nbsp;CWU’s&nbsp;construction management program.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 283px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"></p><p>Students (pictured from left) Matt&nbsp;Offe,&nbsp;Kasey&nbsp;Hattrup,&nbsp;Shane Small,&nbsp;Rachael Evans, Salvador&nbsp;Arellanes, and&nbsp;Tanner Wallace,&nbsp;competed against eight other teams from universities in California, Oregon, and Washington.</p><p>“When our team was announced the winner it brought a lot of us to tears,” Matt&nbsp;Offe&nbsp;said. “We wanted to win.”</p><p>They were coached by Professor Dave&nbsp;Carns&nbsp;(pictured far right), coordinator of&nbsp;CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">construction management program</a>, and&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;alumni Rich Wells and Bret Porter of Puyallup-based&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Absher&nbsp;Construction</a>.</p><p>“It was almost like we were set up to win. There was no possible way to fail with the resources that Central provided us,” said&nbsp;Offe, who has a job with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Walsh Construction</a>&nbsp;after he graduates in June.</p><p>On the morning of the contest, the teams are given a binder and external flash drive with specs to a real construction project. There are subcontractor dilemmas and other challenges, such as materials shortages, built into the exercise.</p><p>The goal is to provide the judges an estimate of what the project will cost—from concrete and rebar, to labor and overhead; put together a schedule; and address the challenges.</p><p>“It’s odd, because you’re talking to the team that actually built the project,”&nbsp;Offe&nbsp;said.</p><p>Rachael Evans, who will work for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mortenson&nbsp;Construction</a>&nbsp;after graduation, said the competition is a bit overwhelming.</p><p>“The hotel we stayed at was crawling with students from prestigious&nbsp;universities&nbsp;and recruiters&nbsp;from large construction companies,” Evans said. “We were one of the smallest schools invited to compete. This was something we practiced for all year.”</p><p>Evans said the win was a great way to wrap up her college career. “I&nbsp;truly&nbsp;love everyone in this program and appreciate the opportunities that have been&nbsp;available to me,” she said.</p><p>Professor Carns, who’s accompanied CWU teams to every ASC student competition, said it’s an important experience to have on a resume.</p><p>“When construction students interview for jobs it seems they’re always asked if they participated on a Reno team because employers know how valuable it is,” Carns said.</p><p>The Construction Management Program at CWU is accredited by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">American Council for Construction Education</a>. Graduates of the program have a nearly 100 percent hiring rate with starting salaries of about $60,000. The program is student-focused with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">state-of-the-art facilities</a>, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on labs.</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;<a href=""></a></em></p><p>March 7, 2016</p></p style="text-align: center;"></a href="">CWU’s Occupational Safety Degree Program One of Top Five in Nation, 23 Nov 2015 13:46:44<p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 232px; height: 217px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">The Safety and Health Management (SHM) program at Central Washington University has been named as the fifth best value occupational safety degree program in the United States. The ranking, performed by College Values Online considered tuition, financial aid, return on investment, and the number of minors, concentrations, or areas of emphases offered.</p><p>“I am proud, but not really surprised, to see our program so highly ranked,” said Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, SHM director. “We have developed a rigorous program that seeks to advance industry standards. We want our students to lead developments in health and safety protocols.”</p><p>The SHM program is one of two bachelor’s-level safety programs in the western United States. It now enrolls more than 75 students annually and, each year, graduates 25 industry-ready professionals. In addition, there are two program minors available in construction safety, and safety and health management. Due to the demand, and the excellence of the program, SHM graduates enjoy a near 100 percent employment rate, with an average starting salary of $60,000.</p><p>In the past 40 years, the program has graduated more than 500 safety and health management professionals. More than 80 percent of them are now employed in Washington, Oregon, and California, where the majority work in construction, insurance, and manufacturing.</p><p>College Value Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting&nbsp; the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of&nbsp; schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on&nbsp; numerous career options from a value perspective. For more information, go to</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>Hogue Tech Building Wins Design Award!, 29 Oct 2015 12:13:19<h3>CWU’s Hogue Technology Building Wins Design Award</h3><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 232px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s Hogue Technology Building, which was substantially renovated and expanded in 2012, has been honored with a Design Merit Award by the Central Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).</p><p>The awards celebrate achievements in design excellence and seek to generate greater public interest in architecture. The AIA is the nation’s most prestigious architectural design organization.</p><p>The Hogue Technology Building, originally erected in the 1970s, was completely reconstructed and gained a 61,400-square-foot addition. The work incorporated state-of-the art “green” construction methods that earned it gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).</p><p>“While fitting well with the other buildings on Central Washington University’s campus . . . it’s quite clear that something’s different here,” AIA judges wrote of the design. “Brightly lit hot-yellow walls let you know that this is a place seeking to inspire ideas.”</p><p>The project, which cost $12 million, was partially funded by more than a quarter-million in private funding. It was designed as a “live” building that recreates real-world working conditions, including plug-ins for solar panels and wind turbines.</p><p>“This project grew out of the university’s commitment to showcase newer and greener technologies,” said William Yarwood, CWU’s executive director, capital planning and projects. “It’s a beautiful building that incorporates state-of-the-art designs and technologies and provides our students with the best possible learning environment.”</p><p>The Hogue project was designed by LMN Architects of Seattle. The general contractor in charge of construction was TW Clark Construction of Spokane.</p><p><a href=""></a></p>CMGT Earthwork Workshop, Fri Oct 23rd!, 21 Oct 2015 17:18:40<p><a href="/engineering/sites/"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 464px; height: 600px;"></a></p>Safety Conference Brings 100 Professionals to CWU, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:51<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 201px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 259px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">More than 100 safety and health professionals from throughout Washington gathered last week at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> for continuing education in occupational medicine, disease and infection control, fall protection, and oxygen and gas safety, among other subjects.</span></p><p>The day of professional development was the second annual <a href="" target="_blank">Puget Sound American Society of Safety Engineers</a> (ASSE) conference hosted by CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Safety and Health Management Program</a>.</p><p>The conference also featured keynote speakers Marcus Mann, a team trainer and performance coach for the financial sector; Larry Wilson, author and vice president of <a href="" target="_blank">SafeStart</a>; and Kristi Richards, two-time Olympian and world champion skier. Safety industry vendors showcased their products throughout the day.</p><p>Ellensburg is an ideal place to for the conference as industry professionals often have to travel to the Seattle area to get similar training. Most of the professionals at this year’s gathering are CWU graduates. Following the conference, safety alumni were invited to stick around for a dinner and meet and greet.</p><p><em>Photo: Conference attendees watch a fall protection demonstration in front of Hogue Hall at CWU June 5, 2015. (<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Sathy&nbsp;Rajendran/CWU)</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">June 9, 2015</span></p></p style="text-align: center;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">ETSC Award Winners at SOURCE!, 29 May 2015 08:49:25<p>Congratulations to the following students on their awards from SOURCE 2015:</p><p>John Evert - Outstanding Presentation Award</p><p>Sam Budnick, Jeremy Dickson &amp; Kyle Kluever - People's Choice Award: Best Poster Presentation</p><p>Gabe Bruno, Casey McFarlen &amp; Ricky Skinner - Outstanding Presentation Award</p>