Student Chapters - General Information

Virginia Tech, Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States



The purpose of this Association shall be:

  • Provide a means by which students who will be the future leaders of building  research and innovation are able to engage with and be inspired by current leading edge building research worldwide, and to appreciate at first hand the value of international exchange and cooperation, 
  • Introduce those students to the advantages of CIB membership so that they are convinced of the value of maintaining membership of CIB in their future professional research and innovation careers, 
  • Promote and stimulate student interest in the research and innovation of the built-environment, 
  • Perform educational activities such as seminars, conferences, field trips, workshops and others, in order to increase and improve engineering knowledge and research techniques among members, 
  • Promote professional relationships and networking among members and the community. 
  • Develop and disseminate information and hold activities that support the exchange of knowledge and ideas.




Values Based Leadership
The school and its participating entities will provide research and learning environments that exemplify Values Based Leadership. These leadership values are founded in the highest ethical standards and behavior that extend across the decisions that we as members of our construction community encounter in every day life including areas of:
1. Human interactions/relationships such as respect and empathy for a diverse population, safety, caring for people and the entities we work with, growth of the individual; and
2. Society/community involvement including local, regional, national and world involvement with an understanding of sustaining our society and communities for future generations.
• Excellence in creative learning environments and research
The school and its participating entities will concentrate on learning environments that promote academic inquiry, pursuit of discovery, and human enlightenment and that provide maximum learning for our students. The school will be known for developing and using creative learning environments that include case based, seminar based, project based and studio based learning integrated with E-learning technologies and classical learning modes to improve access, efficiency and quality. The school will be known for rigorous research methodology and products. We will concentrate on doing the best quality research that will enrich academic thinking and benefit the construction community.
• Integrating and Sustaining the Built Environment
The school and its participating entities will address all the elements of the built environment that must come together in a unified and integrated way to provide the best value for owners and our society. We will embrace field operations, production and productivity management as a necessary element of project management. We will strive to lead the change towards facilities that produce a net contribution to our environment and society. The elements that need to be embraced include integration for livability, safety, performance, energy consumption, sustainability, operation, and salvage. The school will take a leading role in growing a construction community that will address the interface issues that are critical to the long term success of the built environment and our industry.

• The Board of Directors shall include of seven (7) representatives: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Manager, two (2) Students at Large and one (1) Undergraduate Liaison.  At a minimum, the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be filled for the Board of Directors to be active.  
• Members of the Board of Directors must be enrolled in a recognized degree program of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 
• To be considered as a candidate for becoming an officer of the Board of Directors of the Association, students must have at least nine (9) credits completed in their program and a minimum GPA of 3.00 as a student. 
• During April annually, the Board of Directors shall request nominations for candidates for officer positions and oversee elections to the board.  Election to office will be by a simple majority, and the term for each officer shall be one year commencing at the start of the fall semester and ending after summer sessions.  A member may be elected to the Board of Directors twice.  In the event of the resignation of an elected board member, the resignation and request for candidates shall be announced to the membership. The Board of Directors will hold an election at the earliest convenient date.


Faculty Advisement.
• At least one faculty advisor shall be appointed to serve for two consecutive academic years. 
• The faculty advisor must hold a tenure-track position or have tenure at the university.

• President. - To lead the Association as the chief elected officer and to chair the Board of Directors in order to achieve the Association's mission and purpose
• Vice-President. – To assist the President as needed. He/she shall assume the Presidency upon loss or resignation of the President.
• Secretary. - To keep a record of all meetings, letters, transactions, announcements or any other matter regarding the Association. He/she is responsible for the preparation of letters and announcements.  Assist the Public Relations Manager with the development and maintenance of the Association’s web presence and newsletter.
• Treasurer.- To take charge of all funds belonging to the Association, shall be responsible for their proper disbursement and shall render an accurate account at each meeting or when required by the Association Board of Directors.
• Public Relations Manager.- To establish and maintain communication with other internal and external organizations such as other Associations, Professional Societies, Industry and individuals when performing activities relating to the Association. To develop a web presence for the Association and, at least, an annual newsletter.  When performing an event, the Public Relations Manager is responsible for the planning, organization and promotion of the event and shall be supported as needed by the rest of the Board of Directors.
• Students at Large – Represent the interests of the general student population at meetings.
• Faculty Advisor – Supervise the activities of the Association and serve as an additional liaison with CIB.


Membership and Dues

An active member for this Association can be any student of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with interest in research and innovation in the built environment.  Every member must agree with the terms and conditions established in this Association Bylaws.  Memberships are granted at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Association.
• Membership is effective for one (1) academic year. Any dues are payable at the time of application or renewal and only cover the membership cost for one (1) academic year.



Section 1 
• The Association shall hold at least two (2) General Meetings (Assemblage) during each semester (this does not include summer sessions). The time and place of all meetings shall be fixed by the Board of Directors of the Association. Notice of this action shall be sent to all members at least one (1) week in advance of such meetings using internet communication, announcement signs and others. 
• The members of the Board of Directors shall meet at least once a month at the time and place fixed through coordination with the Board or at the call of the President. Attendance is compulsory unless the absence is approved in advance by the President. Attendance of the Students at Large at these meetings is not mandatory.

Section 2 
• Attendance by a simple majority of the Association members shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Association. Attendance by a simple majority of the Board members shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Board of Direction.  If there shall be less than a quorum present, those present may either adjourn or act on the matters before it, subject to ratification at the next meeting which constitutes a quorum. 

Section 3 
• The general order of business at all meetings shall be as follows: 
1. Approval of the Agenda.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting.
3. Correspondence.
4. Reports of the Committees and Officers.
5. Elections.
6. New Business.

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