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Headshot of Dr. TandohRoger Williams University’s Construction Management Program is excited to announce that Dr. Shirley Tandoh will be joining our faculty team in the fall semester as a visiting assistant professor. Dr. Tandoh has recently finished her Ph.D. at the University of Florida and did her dissertation in: “Towards a Sustainable Water Environment: Assessing the Water cycle Impacts of Residential Water Demands in a Municipal Water Supply and Treatment System: Model Development, implementation and Case Studies”. Please welcome Shirley to our CM team.

RWU’s Construction Management program competed for the first time this year in the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) category at the Associated Schools of Construction Regions 6, 7, and Open Competition. The competition takes place every February in Sparks, Nevada, with approximately 3,000 students, faculty, and industry in attendance. The VDC category is open to all ASC member institutions, which means our team competed against schools throughout the U.S. The VDC problem sponsor, Webcor Builders, challenges teams to develop solutions to real-world construction problems using software-based solutions. With only 12 hours to work through the problems, team members must communicate and collaborate quickly and effectively. The team is coached by Dr. Anne Anderson and participating students this year were Taylor Palermo, Ryan Scully, Guinevere Rhuda, Daniel Josiah, Andrew Piccolo, and Cole Shaughnessy. The competition was held virtually this year due to COVID, but we look forward to taking the team to Nevada next year for the 2022 competition!

Taylor Palermo, Ryan Scully, Guinevere Rhuda, Daniel Josiah, Andrew Piccolo, and Cole Shaughnessy.

RWU’s Construction Management students placed 3rd in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 competition in the commercial category. Our students competed against 10 other schools in a rigorous competition testing their knowledge of scheduling, logistics, estimating, safety, and quality. Each team then presented their solutions to team of industry professional judges in an online format. 

To prepare RWU Construction Management students to work effectively in foreign countries or with personnel from foreign countries, Dr Ghanem decided to spend his semester long sabbatical overseas in multiple countries (United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Lebanon) working with International Construction Companies to develop a new construction management course and gather information about construction to share with his students. 

BAM School Construction Team
Members of the BAM School Construction Team

"BAM Construct (in UK), ALEC Engineering and Contracting (in UAE), TOKI (in Turkey) and Sayadi Construction (in Lebanon) shared with me their construction practices and gave me the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks on multiple projects experiencing first hand construction."

Torkam E5 Jobsite

Roger Williams University students are making an impact in the Rhode Island heavy civil construction market.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released a design build project in 2020 to redesign the I95 Northbound corridor (I95NB) through Providence.  The need for the project comes from the structural integrity of the existing bridges and the safety concerns of weaving traffic from commuters looking to merge onto I95 NB and those looking to exit the highway.  More than 600 accidents have occurred in this area in the last three years and RIDOT along with Federal Highway are interested in reducing those numbers and decreasing travel time needed to traverse the city. Roger Williams has a significant presence on this project as past students and faculty are heavily involved in the project.  Some of our people involved in this significant project are: Tyler Cole ’13, Nicholas Bruck ’12, George Hempt ’20, Jon Gomes ’20, Ruben Fonseca ’20, Keith Catanzaro (Adjunct Construction Management Faculty).

Cross-section of highway design
Figure 1 BTC Provided by RIDOT

RIDOT provided a base technical concept for the design of the new highway and invited five teams to develop Alternate Technical Concepts.  Skanska Manafort Joint Venture (SMJV) along with their designers, HNTB, was one of the teams invited and developed a completely different concept for this heavily traveled thoroughfare. The team used bim models and VISSIM traffic models to develop a solution that simplified construction from the Base Technical Concept from 9 construction stages to 3 and reduced the overall time needed to build the project by a year.  The team’s design also reduced the amount of new bridge deck by more than an acre. Once the new I95 NB is constructed, the old I95 NB can be demolished which creates room for new ramps to be constructed adjacent to existing ramps.  This means less traffic shifts for commuters, easier commuting and less accidents during construction.

Diagram of highway
Figure 3SMJV to demolish old I95 SB first