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PACE Growth Adds Value
Emotional multi-university partnership to explore
David Riley; Director
2 green building delivery. This growth of
Intelligence new activities would not come with out
Through the addition of new
contributors and the reconnection with the help of Russ Manning and Tessa
Industry Photo long time supporters, PACE has Srebro, who worked together last year to
2 experienced a solid period of growth in streamline communications with
the 2007-2008 academic year. As a members. Also contributing are our
result, PACE will be able to expand student S:PACE officers led by President
Green Building opportunities for Architectural Alyssa Adams. Alyssa has done an
3 excellent job leading programs this
Research Engineering students to interact with
companies in the building industry. We year. In January, interns Stephanie
are pleased to share initial plans for some Bennis and Emily Sabolsky joined us to
CIC Research of these activities in this edition of the bring new energy and ideas to
3 PACE. Both Emily and Stephanie will be
Program PACE Bulletin, including the
development of continuing educational working full time this summer to plan
programs, the initiation of emotional activities for the 2008-2009 academic
Mr. AE year. We invite your feedback as our
3 intelligence assessments for AE students,
Competition and the involvement of PACE in a programs continue to grow.
PACE Teams with Design-Build Institute of America;
“Boot Camp” Planned for August at Penn State
The PACE Newsletter PACE is pleased to announce a The Boot Camps include courses in the
highlights activities and partnership with the Design-Build fundamentals of project delivery, the
noteworthy events in the Institute of America (DBIA) to create
PACE program. principles of Design-Build project
For more information or an intensive, one-week Designated delivery, and Design-Build contract &
to submit prospective Design-Build Professional™ Boot Camp. risk management. It concludes with an
articles, contact the The Boot Camp will be held July 28 – examination, for which an exam prep
PACE Program Team at: August 1st at the Penn Stater Conference course is offered. Penn State’s expertise
Center in State College, PA. in the area of sustainability will add an
additional twist to the program, with
DBIA’s focus is discovering, refining and emphasis through case study and site
teaching the techniques and practices visits on “building green.”
that enable high-performance design and
construction. The methods advocated by Tuition ranges from $2,600 - $2,900 for
DBIA result in success on all types of members and Penn State alumni, and
projects and distinguish individuals as from $3,600 - $3,900 for all others.
experts in design-build project delivery.
Owners are increasingly choosing to For more information, visit
accomplish their design and construction
requirements using design-build.
AIHI Design Build Montana Focuses on Solar Hot Water
This summer, students from Penn State’s Participants will also assist in installing a
AE 497H class and volunteers will travel to solar hot water heater on a tribal family’s
the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in home and acquainting the community with
Lame Deer, MT as part of the American the economical benefits of solar energy.
Indian Housing Initiative, or AIHI. This They will present a Sustainability at Home
program addresses the shortage of housing workshop for the residents on the
on American Indian reservations and reservation. They also will create a guide
provides an opportunity for students to for community members to apply for
engage in sustainable building activities and incentives associated with installing a
cultural exchange. residential solar hot water heater. In the US,
the average household’s electric water heater
The 2008 AIHI participants will put accounts for 25% of the home’s energy costs.
finishing touches on MorningStar MT, the Using a solar water heater has the potential
sister home to Penn State’s 2007 Solar to cut the cost of water heating by 50% to
Decathlon entry, MorningStar PA. 85% per year. Solar water heaters start
Teepee in Crow paying for themselves in 4 to 8 years. This
MorningStar MT, the only solar home on
Agency, MT the reservation, is a slightly larger, straw year’s solar project has the potential to
bale version of Solar Decathlon home. It provide many years of free hot water at zero
was constructed last summer by AIHI on energy cost.
the campus of Chief Dull Knife College.
This facility will serve as a residence for For more information, visit
visiting faculty. www.engr.psu.edu/greenbuild
Emotional Intelligence Initiative Kicks Off
The Building Construction study. It also teaches effective team project
happen in a day... We Competencies program is taking a large skills.
step forward this spring! PACE member
create lasting change Brent Darnell, of Brent Darnell This year, the emotional intelligence of
International, is working along side Dr. participating students will be assessed.
by helping companies David Riley, Rob Leicht (Ph D Student, Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the
Construction) and Angela Lewis (Ph D capacity to recognize personal feelings and
target their people student, Mechanical Systems) to expand the feelings of others. It also refers to the
the program. ability to manage relationships. An
problems and isolate Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory,
Since its formation in 2003, The Building or EQ-i, will be used as the metric for
the cause of personal Construction Competencies program has student evaluation and feedback. The EQ-i
encouraged student involvement and will be administered through Multi-Health
difficulties.” learning. Through this program, third- Systems, an online test-taking tool.
year Penn State Architectural Students will then have the opportunity to
-Brent Darnell Engineering students learn the receive feedback on their EQ strengths and
importance of leadership and weaknesses through a session lead by Brent
communication skills in their field of Darnell.
Gilbane The EQ assessments will be used by Rob
Leicht in his thesis, “Impact of Interactive
Workspace Media on Team Collaboration
using BIM in the AEC Industry”, to help
Lewis Katz analyze team dynamics. Also, Angela Lewis
Building will be presenting a paper at the College of
Engineering Research Symposium this April
PACE Industry Photo Contest! about the importance of EQ in the Green
Showcase your workplace by e-mailing an attached high-
resolution photo to PACE@psu.edu. Winning photos
PACE would like to thank Balfour Beatty
will be displayed on the PACE website. Construction for their sponsorship of the
Deadline to enter is August 15th, 2008. EQ Initiative.
PSU Joins Multi-University Team to Research Green Building Delivery
Sustainable buildings are quickly becoming a critical The project aims to be completed in two years. It will
part of the built-environment market. Owners must provide substantiated information on project delivery
choose the best delivery practices to maximize value, methods that can enhance sustainability.
minimize energy consumption and increase indoor
environmental quality of the workplace in their
buildings. The delivery method can have a significant CIC Research Program to develop a
effect on the integration of the project team. However, BIM Project Execution Planning Guide
little is truly known about the relationship among
project delivery, project team integration, and The Computer Integrated Construction (CIC)
sustainable building performance. Research Program is preparing to lead a new
buildingSMART Alliance project to develop an
To respond to this need, a team of researchers from Execution Planning Guide for Building Information
Penn State, Michigan State, University of Colorado, and Modeling (BIM). This project will be funded by the
University of Oklahoma have paired up with industry Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF), the
champions representing Design Build Institute of Construction Industry Institute (CII), Penn State
America Committees for Research and Sustainability. OPP, and PACE. The project goal is to develop a
The research project will be funded by the Charles guide that will focus on the decisions required to
implement Building Information Modeling
Pankow Foundation. The goal is to determine the best
throughout the stages of a building project
practices for selecting a project delivery method to
(planning, design, construction, and operations).
enhance sustainable design and construction on a given
During the development of the BIM Planning
Guide the research team will be conducting
Researchers will document current project delivery and interviews and case studies for BIM related
sustainability practices in the industry and academia. projects. If your company has an interest, and
They will use a case study approach that will include would like to participate, please contact Craig
nine to fifteen office buildings, data analysis of the state- Dubler at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional
of-practice review, and case studies of exceptional information.
projects in the full spectrum of project delivery methods.
S:PACE Holds Second Annual Mr. AE Competition
On February 26th, a new “Mr. Architectural Engineer” The competition was held at the HUB Auditorium,
was crowned! David Sivin, a fourth-year mechanical Penn State University. In addition to S:PACE, organi-
engineering major, won first prize and a $250 gift zations AEI, ASHRAE and DBIA joined in the fun.
certificate to Penn State’s Computer Store.
With over 150 attendees, the competition was a
Fifteen male students, including two S:PACE members, fundraising success. S:PACE plans to sell DVDs of the
were judged in three events. These included corporate event. All revenue will be donated to the Sharon
wear, question and answer, and a talent/skit portion of the Williams Scholarship fund.
competition. Faculty members Dr. Bahnfleth, Dr.
Freihaut, and Professor Holland judged the competitors For more information, visit
on performance and speaking ability. http://www.engr.psu.edu/ae/In_Memorium.pdf.
2008 PACE Hall of Fame Inductee
PACE Excellence Award Recipient
Class of 1978
James Faust John O’Keefe
Faculty Research Programs
David Riley, PhD - email@example.com
Director of PACE, and Executive Director of the Penn State Center for Sustainability
Michael Horman, PhD - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Lean and Green Research Initiative
John Messner, PhD - email@example.com
Director of Computer Integrated Construction Research Initiative
Upcoming S:PACE Activities Upcoming PACE Events
A team-building exercise will be held during the Advisory Board Meeting — June 6, 2008
Representatives from PACE Member companies
March S:PACE meeting. Partnered with Shaver’s
meet to discuss key issues facing the building indus-
Creek, this exercise will benefit third-year try, and establish a research agenda for the next year.
construction management majors on improving
skills for the career field. Roundtable Meeting — October 15-16, 2008
An open forum discussion in which key topics
Also, new S:PACE officers will be elected in April; selected by the advisory board are discussed by
stay tuned for the results! students and industry practitioners. Specific and
target research topics are defined to be pursued by
We would like to thank the following companies
for their support of PACE
* Denotes new PACE contributors for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Balfour Beatty Construction BPGS Construction*
Barton Malow Company Brent Darnell International*
Benchmark Construction Buch Construction*
Alexander Building Company
Company* Design-Build Institute of America
Hensel Phelps Clark Construction Group
Foreman Program & Construction
Holder Construction Company
Forrester Construction Managers
Company Gilbane Building Company
James G. Davis Construction McClure Company
Trammell Crow Company
Truland Systems Corporation Corporation
Turner Construction Company Penn State Office of Physical The Quandel Group*
Plant Reynolds Construction Management
Southland Industries STV*