ASU Tempe Campus – Night of the Open Door, Mar. 3

It’s fitting that a glow-in-the-dark owl will adorn volunteers’ shirts at Arizona State University’s Night of the Open Door, because for one night only, from 5-9 p.m., March 3, ASU’s Tempe campus will shine a spotlight on more than 165 activities to celebrate the sciences, arts, humanities and engineering as part of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Presented in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, Night of the Open Door will offer hands-on demonstration, tours of research facilities, book readings, and access to museums and world-class plant collections.

Study the stars. Build your own rollercoaster. Explore the Biodesign Institute or “Reptile Row.”

Participate in a trebuchet demonstration, a Math Art Walk, an embodied gaming experience, or visit the cartoon voting booth.

Solve a cipher or giant word game created by ASU poet Alberto Rios. Talk to scientists, designers and teachers about volcanoes, border issues and quantum physics, or listen to the music of a laptop orchestra.

To register, and for more information, visit the Night of the Open Door website at:

ValleyCrest Landscape FT Position–Phoenix, AZ

ValleyCrest Landscape Development is seeking a project manager for the Phoenix area. Please see the job description below and if you know of any candidates with 5 – 7 years experience please have them forward their resume to Thomas C Donnelly (

Position Description
ValleyCrest Landscape Development, the nation’s largest landscape and site construction company, has made the vision of the most prominent developers, landscape architects, general contractors, homeowners and public agencies a reality. We blend art and science with the organizational skills and teamwork to create landscapes of lasting beauty and value.
We currently have a full time position available for a Project Manager who will manage large scale commercial site development projects from inception through completion.
Project Managers are also responsible for:

•Working with the construction team to ensure that all construction services are delivered according to contract specifications, on budget, according to schedule and with a high standard of quality
•Managing cost reports, analyzing budget variances and recommending strategies to lower project costs; reviewing labor quantities and phases to facilitate accurate project tracking
•Ensuring timely and accurate monthly job billings
•Assisting in the preparation of change orders and coordinating receivables and collections with office administrative management team
•Serving as the main point of contact and trusted advisor to customer on project installation issues
•Demonstrating role model behaviors on ethics and integrity as well as positively promoting Company culture

Position Requirements
•Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Science, Construction Management
•Proficient with computer software programs including MS Office suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
•Minimum of 4 years of experience in construction industry including heavy highway, civil engineering firm, concrete or structural engineering
•Strong work ethic
•Effective oral and written communication skills
•Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced environment
•Customer service experience
•Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
•Scheduling Software (Suretrack)
We offer medical and dental benefits and a 401(k) plan. 
For more information please visit
We are drug free and an EOE by choice.

DEWSC teams perform well at the 2012 ASC Reno Competition

I wanted to pass on a couple of emails from Dr. Wiezel and Dr. Knutson over the weekend about the ASC Reno Competition that took place last week. 

ASU had a GREAT showing in this year’s Reno Competition, taking home trophies in 5 of the 7 problem categories that we competed in. A big THANK YOU for all the support you and your companies have given to our Reno teams! Your financial help made the attending of the competition possible and the hours upon hours spent by your experts in preparing our students made the teams highly competitive. Also, special thanks go to our three lecturers, Aaron Cohen, Kraig Knudson and Edwin Weaver, who shared the load of guiding the teams. They are a terrific part of our faculty.

The results of our students at the Reno competition:

The Design Build team took 1st place!

Our Commercial Team, our Concrete Team and our Building Information Modeling (BIM) team took 2nd place in their respective categories and our LEED team took 3rd place.

Other noteworthy accomplishments were that William Fugett participated on the team that took 1st Place in the Alternate problem category.  (Competing teams are comprised of 6 members and many of the teams carry an alternate team member.  This year, teams alternate members had the opportunity to form teams with other alternates from various schools and compete in a special problem category.  Over 150 students formed 20 teams for this problem category and William was a member of the team that took first place).

Also, while our BIM team took second place, the problem sponsor judges (Webcor) recognized one specific team member, John Safstrom, and awarded him outstanding performance award accompanied by an internship/job offer for this upcoming summer.

Finally, Kim Rahberger of the 2nd place Concrete team was given a special recognition award for the outstanding work she did on the safety portion of their project.

Every one of our teams performed exceptionally well this year and truly outdid themselves.  We’ve officially outgrown our trophy cabinet in the current building (USE).

– Note received from Dr. Avi Wiezel, Interim Chair of the the Del E. Webb School of Construction – 2/12/2012

There are a couple of others who deserve a BIG thank you from DEWSC for their support of the Reno Teams!
Jason Madison, LEED® AP, Gilbane Building Company is a DEWSC alumni who was on three ASU Design-Build National Championship teams. Jason volunteered many hours working with the Reno Teams this year.
Tom Fujibayashi (SSEBE IT/computer expert) was a great resource with both hardware and software support for the Reno Teams.

– Note received from Dr. Kraig Knutson – 2/12/2012

DEWSC Alum looking to hire residential purchasing agent in Arizona

DEWSC Alum hoping to find an early career/recent grad with a strong skill set, advanced problem solving skills, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment. If you are an alumnus of the Del E. Webb School of Construction and are interested, please sent me your resume so that I can pass it on –

As a Purchasing Agent, they’d be responsible for:

  • Managing subcontractors and product assortments in multiple trade categories for all of Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson).  Includes managing the bid process, performing cost analysis, negotiations, strategic sourcing, maintaining contracts and scopes of work, etc.
  • Managing the architecture process at the division.  This involves working directly with our National Architecture drafting team to create new plans and guide them through the required community and municipal approvals.

Preferred qualifications would be:

  • Bachelor Degree in Construction w/ Residential emphasis (involvement in NAHB or residential focused competitions a plus)
  • Some experience in home building / construction or at least a solid understanding of the home building process.  This would include being able to understand construction drawings and related contract documents (Plan sets, Master Subcontractor Agreements, Scopes of Work, etc).  An understanding of the city design and plan review process is a huge plus.
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel and an overall high level of proficiency with technology.
  • Experience or solid understanding of required municipal approvals for residential new construction is a big plus (HOA design review, city design review, building safety, etc)

RBG 2012 Golf Classic–Supporting our ASU Construction Students

Friday, 3 February 2012 is the final day to register for the RBG Construction 2012 Golf Classic.  The event will take place on Friday, 17 February 2012 at the Coldwater Golf Club – 100 N. Clubhouse Drive in Avondale, AZ.  You can download the a pdf copy of the golf registration form – here.

Proceeds from the golf tournament go to support Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) students that are in the Advancing Minorities in Construction (AMIC) mentorship program .   AMIC is a collaboration between AMCA of Arizona and the DEWSC. Ray Gonzales Sr. and the RBG Construction Company continues to support AMIC student grants through his annual golf tournament.  Come out and support a great group of students!  The students will be there to cheer the players on. 

Additional questions about the golf tournament can be emailed to Ray Jr. at .  Inquiries about the AMIC mentorship program can be sent to me ( or Ricardo Carlo ( Executive Director of the AMCA of Arizona.