Construction management students get real-world experience in Kansas City trip




Construction management students get real-world experience in Kansas City trip

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Construction management students from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction get a tour of the JE Dunn Logistics Center on October 22 in Overland Park, Kan.
Construction management students from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction get a tour of the JE Dunn Logistics Center on October 22 in Overland Park, Kan.
Construction management students and faculty from The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction got a taste of the working world during a trip October 21-22 to Overland Park, Kansas.

The group attended the Kansas City Contractors Expo and Estimating Seminar on October 21 and learned about estimating, scheduling, legal issues, and advanced technologies. Later that evening, they toured the JE Dunn Headquarters where they learned from five practitioners about working in the field and office.

The next day the group visited construction sites for the JE Dunn Logistics Center and the $4.5 billion Cerner Three Trails Campus Project, which will be constructed in phases over 10 years with JE Dunn having been awarded the first two of the 16 phases.

Sneha Bhoir, a construction management graduate student, said getting to interact with professionals was a valuable opportunity for the students.

"The real-world experience offers tons of knowledge in a short span of time," Bhoir said. "I learn a lot in class, but I learn twice as much and twice as fast when I am on a construction site with several other professionals sharing their experiences.

"I participated in an estimating assignment where I was partnered with an industry professional. Watching the professional solve the problem was an inspiring experience (and) I realized I have a long way to go."

The 18 students were accompanied by Jay Puckett, Durham School director, and Kevin Grosskopf, professor of construction management. JE Dunn has offices throughout the U.S., including in Omaha.