Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
Formed in 1982, CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) is North America's only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management. Founded in 2006, the Virginia Tech Student Chapter aims to create an identity for construction management students, to expose students to professional aspects of the industry, to interact with our host regional chapter (National Capital Chapter in Washington, DC metro area), and to develop leadership skills in student members.
Membership is open to all Virginia Tech students (graduate and undergraduate) interested in CM/PM. A majority of our members are Building Construction, Construction Engineering & Management, and Civil Engineering majors. All members must pay dues to the CMAA National Association and our Virginia Tech Student Chapter each academic year. Active membership is defined by participating in at least one event per semester out of 3-4 offered. At our events, students are encouraged to take a proactive role in networking with CMAA industry firms for internships and full-time career opportunities. For more information, please visit
Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
DBIA Student Chapter: The Virginia Tech DBIA Student Chapter officers with Mid Atlantic Region President Bob Priest of AECOM.The DBIA Virginia Tech Student Chapter is a recently formed student organization within the Myers Lawson School of Construction. The DBIA or Design Build Institute of America's mission is "promoting the value of design-build project delivery and teaching the effective integration of design and construction services to ensure success for owners and design and construction practitioners."
The goal of the Student Chapter is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the design-build process as well as become a part of a professional organization. The chapter hopes to expose students to design-build professionals and fulfill the goals and mission of the DBIA by promoting the design-build project delivery method.
The student chapter reaches these goals by inviting guest speakers from industry to speak to the students about the DBIA and design-build projects. Students will have the opportunity to visit design-build project sites to see the process in action. Recent activities the student chapter participated in include an introductory session, with guest speakers from DBIA national as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regions president. More recently, the student chapter hosted a guest panel with the topic of Design Build Best Practices: Creating and Maintaining Quality Relationships. The panel was comprised of owners, designers, and contractors to provide the point of view from all involved in the process. The chapter hopes to grow in the upcoming semesters and will continue to promote and educate students about the DBIA and the design-build process.
Associated Schools of Construction- Student Competitions
The Associated Schools of Construction and professional organizations such as Associated Builders and Contractors host regional and national student competitions where construction programs from around the country gather to compete in construction projects. In order for a student to be selected for a competition team, one must first attend a spring orientation meeting where the students from the previous year talk about their experience. The students are then asked to pick a team that best suits their interest and follow the guidelines set out by the faculty sponsor in order to be considered as a team member. The groups have traveled to Reno, NV; Jacksonville, FL; and even Hawaii for these prestigious events.
Habitat for Humanity
Virginia Tech Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for families in need of homes. The Virginia Tech chapter works closely with New River Valley affiliates to build and renovate homes for local families in the Blacksburg community.
H4H provides Building Construction students with opportunities for practical application of the theories that they learn in class while supporting a great cause and giving back to their community. Working at the sites also gives students a chance to interact with and learn from people who have worked in the industry for a very long time.
Students who take initiative and have a willingness to learn have unlimited opportunities to take on leadership roles and make a difference in other people's lives as well as their own.