Hi, my name is Matthew and I am a rising junior at the Virginia Military Institute. I am studying Civil Engineering and am working this summer as a project assistant/engineer at KBS.
This is my second summer with KBS. Last year I worked on completing the 8.5 Canal Street project, which is a VCU student housing facility. I helped mainly with the punch list process and assured that rooms met the high standards set by the owners. I gained a lot of experience in the field of construction work. This summer I have returned and am building on the knowledge from last summer. I work both in the office as well as in the field on the 1200 West Marshall project, which is also a VCU student housing project very similar to 8.5 Canal Street. I have been using knowledge that I have learned from my classes, like project management and solid mechanics, and applying it to this summer’s work, including learning project management software to make submittal schedules and data sheets. I have done quantity take-offs as well as reviewing and posting RFI (Request for Information) data to the construction drawings and I have written waste management plans and procedures for handling hazardous waste on jobsites. I have also learned about different aspects of construction projects, including the use of post-tension concrete for parking decks. And I have even acted as a substitute superintendent on the jobsite, something very few students in college have the opportunity to do.
This summer internship is exactly what I needed to gain real experience in the civil engineering and construction field. I use the construction drawings daily and learn the engineering behind them. It is the right mix of technical knowledge and practical field experience. The KBS team has provided me with many great opportunities to build on what I have learned at VMI and an in-the-field experience that cannot be taught in the classroom.
I will have plenty more experiences to share so check back to hear more about KBS and my and Miranda’s summer experiences.Post by Matthew Reardon