Daniel Luckhardt’s Construction Management class, Fundamentals of Estimating, recently visited the Balfour Beatty Construction project, Middle School Number 5 in San Diego. This site visit provided NewSchool students with a first-hand look at the challenging aspects of the industry and an opportunity to interact with Balfour Beatty employees.
In addition to the actual site visit, the students received a Building Information Modeling (BIM) presentation by the Virtual Design in Construction staff, as well as a presentation by Balfour Beatty Construction’s Scheduling Manager, Randy Catron, on the importance of “scheduling” with the purpose of maintaining project costs.
“I feel extremely fortunate to work with so many passionate people willing to take time out of their evening to participate in the course I teach,” said NewSchool Professor Luckhardt, who also works as a Balfour Beatty Construction Senior MEP Estimator with 29 years of experience in pre-construction services. One of the NewSchool course goals is to engage the Construction Management students with various on-site visits to projects under construction, and the visit to the Balfour Beatty site is just one example of class trips this past quarter.
Photo: Back Row: Aaron Magdaleno, Project Engineer, Balfour Beatty Construction; NewSchool students Mohammed AlQahtani and Mohanned Zuhairy; Erik Sanders, Assistant Superintendent, Balfour Beatty Construction; and NewSchool students Jordan Miles, Thomas Le, David Calderon, Sebastian Schott, Alexis Hoff and Eduardo Sarinana. Front Row: Grace Chan, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction; NewSchool students Amanda Schilling and Esmeralda Maldonado.