SPSU construction program to be just one of two in state
by Lindsay Field
October 16, 2012 12:48 AM | 3630 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southern Polytechnic State University Construction Management students work on computers, as student projects making use of a building information modeling program hang on the walls in the background. <br> Photo by Emily Barnes
Southern Polytechnic State University Construction Management students work on computers, as student projects making use of a building information modeling program hang on the walls in the background.
Photo by Emily Barnes
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MARIETTA — Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta will be one of only two colleges in the state offering an undergraduate program in building construction when Georgia Tech begins phasing it out this spring.

Dr. Khalid Siddiqi, Construction Management Department chair at Southern Poly, said his school offers a bachelor’s in construction management, which is equivalent to a bachelor’s in building construction at Georgia Tech, and a master’s in construction management, facilities management.

SPSU has about 250 students enrolled in the program, and for each of the last three years approximately 120 students have earned a degree in construction management, Siddiqi said.

“When they graduate, they are prepared with three major skills: estimating the cost of a project and the ability to schedule a project and to perform the project management while the project is under construction,” he said.

About 99 percent of program graduates have obtained jobs as project engineers or managers, estimators or site superintendents with local general contracting companies including Turner Construction Company of Marietta, Brasfield and Gorrie of Kennesaw and CW Matthews of Marietta, he said.

“The kind of students we have has an overall ‘extra work’ type personality with the ability to manage people and has the skill set to technically perform as a construction site supervisor,” Siddiqi said.

Siddiqi said they haven’t had any students transfer to Southern Poly from Georgia Tech because of the phase-out but expects his enrollment to increase because of it.

“These students have nowhere else to go in the city of Atlanta,” he said.

George Sun, 22, of Milton, is already taking some classes at SPSU, despite pursing a bachelor’s in building construction at Georgia Tech.

“I’m here because some classes here are not offered at Tech,” he said. “Secondly, I’m here to knock out some of my management classes.”

Sun didn’t know when he enrolled at Georgia Tech that he’d have to take classes for the program at another college.

“Southern Poly has a better construction program than Tech,” he said. “Tech just has the name.”

In spring, Sun will transfer his credits back to Tech, where he has about 36 hours to go in his undergraduate program.

Georgia Southern University in Statesboro also has a construction management program.
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October 16, 2012
I am really enjoying my time here in the Construction Management department. It is easy to learn here because most of us have worked in the construction industry at some level at some point in our lives, and our real world experience helps in our academic studies.
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