Author Archives: Prof. AM Sowder

News: State of the Construction Industry

Join Max Gross and Gary LaBarbera for an in-depth look at current activity in the construction industry and plans for what comes next. What does current budget planning look like? Are cuts being made and what does that mean for the construction industry? Tune in to hear what costs and risks are front of mind for contractors, if there’s fear of a glut and the projects and market sectors that are keeping the wheels moving. Watch:

State of the Construction Industry Update

Learning Opportunity – Bluebeam Revu

Looking to get even more done with Revu? Learn time-saving tips and tricks directly from Revu experts and see how they’re done in real time.

Recommended for users of all skill levels, this virtual event will help you discover new ways to work faster in Revu. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A, where you’ll have a chance to ask questions.

Reserve your spot here:

Job Opportunity for Grads – Electrical Construction PM

The Albert C. Wiltshire Employment Center recruits qualified candidates for positions within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300 acre industrial park housing over 400 businesses within the manufacturing, food, media, technology, and creative fields.
We are currently seeking an experienced Electrical Construction Project Manager for a Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company that provides electrical contracting services for private builders and the various municipalities within the New York City area.
Position Summary:
The Project Manager will be responsible for mid to large size heavy projects. A successful candidate will take an active and direct approach to obtaining results. A person who has an engineering background and is a leader by example and solves issues quickly and assertively.
Job Requirements:
  • Experience overseeing city projects is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Able to act in a professional manner with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain highest degree of confidentiality of company information
  • Ability to adapt and work in an ever-changing work environment
  • Experience with AutoCAD is a plus

Email Prof. AM Sowder if qualified and interested.

NYC DOB Virtual Summer Enrichment Program for Undergraduate & Graduate Students

This summer, the NYC Department of Buildings will host its first virtual Summer Enrichment Program for undergraduate & graduate students interested in engineering (civil & mechanical), architecture, construction management, construction inspection, sustainability, and public safety. For those interested in careers in the construction industry, in the public or private realm, this program will provide a significant amount of context for your future career.
Across nine virtual seminars in July & August, held weekly through GoToMeeting software, our industry professionals (architects, engineers, sustainability experts, and construction inspectors) will educate you on issues such as construction safety engineering & enforcement, building code development & revision, architectural plan examination, disaster response, and sustainability & the energy code, among numerous other topics. At the conclusion of the program, students who virtually attend all nine seminars will receive a Certificate of Completion from the DOB that they can include on their resumes. Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Additionally, students will receive advice on their resumes & cover letters from Human Resources professionals.
To apply for admission to this virtual program, please send your resume to Resumes are due by Friday, June 19th, by midnight. Accepted students will hear back regarding potential admission before the program begins on July 1st.
Thank you, 
NYC Department of Buildings 

Current Scholarship Opportunity – The 2020 Francis M. Keville Scholarship

The Francis M. Keville Scholarship was established in 2009 by Christine Keville, FCMAA, through her firm, Keville Enterprises, Inc., in honor of her late father. Frank’s passion for construction was inherited by his daughters and granddaughters, who are all engaged in the construction industry.
The scholarship, administered by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Foundation, honors Frank’s lifelong commitment to learning and opportunity, and reflects his values as a leader and a consummate professional.
The Francis M. Keville Scholarship is awarded each year to a female student pursuing a degree in construction management or a related discipline at an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency, who has a record of leadership and engagement both on- and off-campus, and who is planning a career in the field.
To apply for The 2020 Francis M. Keville Scholarship, please read the application guidelines and complete and submit the application by the deadline of April 30, 2020.

Due 4-24! CMAA 2020 Student Scholarship Application

Students will need to submit their application package no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. The scholarship winners will be announced by May 19, 2020. The student scholarship recipients will be honored at our annual CMAA Metro NY/NJ Construction Industry Awards Banquet, held on June 12, 2020 at the Yale Club. The student scholarship winners are eligible to bring one guest to the Banquet.
Another important item is that CMAA national has rendered Student Memberships Free of Charge as of January 2020. A major criteria for the student scholarship application is that students must be a CMAA member and provide their membership number. If the student is already a student member, when renewing their membership the fee will be $0.00.
Please make this known to all of your students that CMAA Student Membership is now Free! They can go to CMAA Home page at and either join as a new member or renew existing memberships.


Nonprofit & government Jobs: CUNY Service Corps student application now open! Priority deadline Feb 22, 2020

Dear Student,

Good news – the CUNY Service Corps application is now open! To apply or for more information, please go to

  • Do you want to get paid $15/ hour for serving your community and earning up to $3600 for the year?
  • Do you want to boost your resume and future salary with real world experience?
  • Do you meet Service Corps eligibility criteria such as being a full-time student with at least a 2.5 GPA?

Service Corps gives students like you the chance to improve New York City’s future by placing selected candidates in NYC nonprofits and government agencies, where you gain real-world experience while helping your community. We provide ongoing support and professional training every month to help you navigate the nonprofit and government workplace.

This is a one-year program that starts in August 2020 and runs through May 2021. Members work 10 hours per week, 12 weeks per semester for two semesters. Some students may also be able to earn college credit.

Projects Service Corps members have worked on include but not limited to:

  • Analyzing citywide data in order to identify the most pressing issues in particular communities
  • Helping New Yorkers with diabetes to navigate the healthcare system and gain adequate treatment
  • Advocating for tenant’s rights and providing eviction prevention services
  • Educating local communities regarding environmental issues and energy efficiency

Past placements have included:

9/11 Memorial & Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Center for Court Innovation, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, NYC DCAS, NYC Dept. of Transportation, New York Hall of Science, NYC City Council, Office of Manhattan Borough President, Teach for America, and more!

Priority deadline is February 22nd, 2020. Applications will be accepted until March 22nd, 2020. To hear directly from students who have participated in the Service Corps, view this reflections video ( If you have any questions about your eligibility or application, please contact us at, 718-260-5846, or visit our office in the Welcome Center (L114).

Please note that the Service Corps is a one-year commitment and opportunity for CUNY students. Past or current Service Corps members may not reapply.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


CUNY Service Corps
New York City College of Technology

Professional Development Center
300 Jay Street, L114
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 260-5846

2020 Construction Cost Changes: Free Webinar

Learn about: Changing material costs for 2020 and how this volatility impacts projects. 15 minute video webinar.

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Summary: Construction cost changes are inevitable. In fact, from 2019 to 2020, 34% of construction costs have changed by more than +/- 5%. This cost volatility is enormous for the people who plan, finance, build and maintain the facilities and infrastructure communities depend on. It’s vital these professionals understand how and why construction costs have changed over the last year.

Watch this on demand webinar to hear two of the minds behind Gordian’s RSMeans data discuss how the costs of steel, concrete and wood will change in 2020. They’ll also discuss why construction costs change, a few additions to RSMeans data for 2020 and more!