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Awards / Honors

Construction Management program honored

November 6, 2013

CSU's Department of Construction Management has won two significant awards over the past few weeks, with its CM Cares program being honored for its community service.

CM Cares volunteers work on a project ealier this year.CM Cares focuses on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to assist with construction-related projects for people with special needs or local community service agencies needing assistance that cannot be provided by other sources. The organization has completed numerous projects, with most designed to help people with special needs.

The Associated General Contractors of Colorado presented CM Cares with the 2013 Construction Education Challenge Award at the Nov. 1 ACE Awards and Industry Gala in Denver. This new award celebrates unique initiatives or innovative programming in construction education programs across Colorado that promote the engagement of the construction industry in the education process, prepare students to join the industry after graduation and make an impact in the community.

In October, at the Fort Collins Commission on Disabilities Mayor's Awards, CM Cares was given the 2013 Service Provider of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a business or organization that provides exemplary and life-enriching services to people with disabilities.

Helping those with special needs

A majority of CM Cares' projects involve work that benefits families with disabled children, such as a wheelchair swing for James and Libby Waechter in spring 2013 and the wheelchair ramp and widened driveway for Nick, a Loveland teenager, in 2012.

"It is my hope that receiving this recognition will shed more light on the great things that CM Cares does for families in northern Colorado and allow the program to continue to grow," added senior Kyle Snow. "For me personally, however, it's not just about the awards and media coverage. It's about truly making a difference in someone's life."