Non-traditional student applies skills and experience to construction management internship

Name: Jeff Looney
Major: Construction Management
Internship Title: Assistant Superintendent at Dohn Construction

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

Jeff LooneyA: My name is Jeff Looney and I’m originally from South Carolina. I moved to Colorado in ’09 and worked at Lost Valley Ranch in Sedalia as a facilities manager for six years. I decided I needed to finish my bachelor’s degree, so I moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University as a nontraditional student. I’ll graduate this fall with a bachelor’s in construction management.

Q: What activities are you involved with outside of the classroom?

A: Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being part of the CSU Men’s Club Soccer Team. I’m hoping to play again in my last semester of school this fall.

I also keep myself busy through various hobbies such as cross fit, working as a property manager for The Town Church, helping renovate houses, maintaining and operating machinery at Lost Valley Ranch, camping in Poudre Canyon, and working on vehicles.

Q: Why did you choose Colorado State University and the major construction management?

A: I chose to come to CSU for a couple of reasons. When I was considering whether to apply for the CM program, I set up a meeting with the department head, Mostafa Khattab. He encouraged me to always keep learning and help those around me. After our discussion, I felt like the CM department was a place I wanted to be a part of.

Q: What types of things are you doing at your internship?

A: While working at Dohn Construction this summer as the assistant superintendent, I helped with many different tasks while maintaining daily logs. I managed subcontractors on site and laborers with daily tasks, attended owner-architect contractor meetings, held weekly “toolbox” safety talks and practiced storm water prevention plans. I also got the chance to use a 3D modeling program, take progress photos, monitor quality control, and maintain a jobsite layout plan.

Q: What are your future career goals? How is Dohn Construction and the Construction Management program at CSU helping you achieve these goals?

A: Currently, my future goal is to obtain a full time position with a respectable construction company in the Fort Collins area. My time with Dohn Construction has helped me practice a lot of skills I have learned from my studies at CSU. The construction management program at CSU is one of top programs in the nation, and as a CM student, I’ve learned a lot of the necessary skills to be successful in the construction industry.

The Department of Construction Management is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.