Building Women in Construction
The Building Women in Construction club is a student-run organization dedicated to fulfilling its mission statement: to inspire women to become future leaders in construction through personal, professional, and academic successes. This is done through various activities and events throughout the year. BWIC's professional events help guide members towards being successful in their future endeavors in the construction industry. There are also social events to help members form bonds with one another and have fun. In addition, members of all backgrounds are given opportunities to learn about the industry and form a network of connections with professionals from all ends of the industry. These connections can lead to internship opportunities and future job offers.
BWIC aims to promote its living, breathing values of leading the way, serving with purpose, preserving integrity, and exceeding expectations as students, professionals, and community members. Members are welcome to hold leadership positions within the club, whether serving on the executive board or mentoring other members.
BWIC's most popular events are our industry panels. Industry panels provide members with additional insight into the construction industry. With the construction industry being so diverse, not all students can learn about the different employment and internship opportunities. Our panelists come from all ends of the construction industry, so members that attend the event can always have the right person to answer their questions. These panels are also a great way to begin a network with potential future employers. We also have additional student-led panels where upperclassmen share their personal internship experiences and their lessons while working.
|President: Grace DiGate||Vice-President: Morgan Hall|
|Secretary: Rose Moss||Treasurer: Claudia Morgan|
|Social Media Manager: Julia Mitchell||Social Media Manager: Athena Gardner|
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.