MSU Construction Management alumnus Dan Hamilton works on MSU Billman Music Pavilion project
The MSU College of Music is adding 37,000 square feet of new space to the music building, naming it the Billman Music Pavilion. This project also includes an additional 8,500 square feet of renovations.
February 7, 2019
The MSU College of Music is adding 37,000 square feet of new space to the music building, naming it the Billman Music Pavilion. This project also includes an additional 8,500 square feet of renovations. The project will create additional performance spaces, as well as more flexible practice areas.
Jon Weber, MSU percussion instructor, took advantage of the construction site for a unique promotional video opportunity by using construction-related pieces from the site as instruments for his version of the popular Mykola Leontovych Christmas song “Carol of the Bells.”
In the video, MSU percussion students wore construction gear, while they “played” steel pipes, bricks, wood railings and plastic wheelbarrows, as well as used more traditional instruments like hand bells, drums and a xylophone.
The construction project is headed by The Christman Company. Dan Hamilton, fall 2018 alumnus from the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction Construction Management Program, currently works as a project engineer for The Christman Company, and is part of the team working on the Billman Music Pavilion project.
Hamilton is responsible for the submittals, RFI’s, document control and a variety of other tasks that support the project. The pavilion is expected to open in April 2020.
“I think that the Construction Management Program did a great job of preparing me for this job. It set the foundation well, which is exactly what a college degree is for,” Hamilton said.
He participated as a competition team member for the National Association of Home Builders student chapter, and e-board president for the Student Builders and Contractors Association during his time at MSU.
“The different opportunities within the Construction Management Program gave me a chance to learn even more. For example, the competition teams taught me how to work as a team under pressure, and how to present to executives,” Hamilton said.
“Being involved and eventually running the SBCA taught me critical organizational and communication skills that I’m grateful for now, as well as that is where I met Mike Augustine, who led me to my job here,” he said.
“Long story short, I’m very grateful for the MSU CM program, and I think it’s an excellent program that has a lot of opportunities if people are willing to go the extra mile. I am excited and honored to be working on campus and on such an iconic building for my first project.”