Building Construction Management program presents open house

May 5, 2014
Building Construction Management program's most recent project, in-progress

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Building Construction Management program will showcase its most recent construction project at a community open house on Thursday, May 15 from 3-5 P.M. at 2039 Airport Road in Platteville. “This open house will be a chance for students to present their work from the past three semesters,” said Mark Albers, associate professor of industrial studies. “Students get a real-life experience while building a home. High expectations lead to a quality end product.”

The BCM program is designed to produce graduates with a construction background and a management emphasis. Coursework teaches them how to put together contracts, estimates and building schedules. Currently, 149 students are enrolled in the program. “We have had successful hiring rates for graduates from this program,” said Albers. “Students who graduate from the BCM program at UW-Platteville are competitive in the job market and see opportunities for advancement in the construction field.”

A tradition of BCM students building homes for members of the Platteville community will be carried on as Jodi and Jay McDermott move their family into this most recent build. Jodi is the assistant dean for the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and Jay serves as the accountant for the UW-Platteville Foundation. “We worked with a student, Sean O’Donnell, last spring during his last semester to draw up the blueprints for the home,” said Jodi. “Jay and I purchased part of my parent’s farm which is where the home is being built.”

Complex features of the home gave students experience that they might not have received if building a typical home. Three dormers on the roof, a capped garage floor, pillars at the entryway and a repurposed antique room divider are some of the interesting features that students got to work with. “Mark Albers was willing to take on our creativity and advanced ideas to test the abilities of students,” said Jodi. “They have put many hours into this project and have been awesome to work with. We are very appreciative of their efforts.”

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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