Construction Management Alumnus Returns Home to Build New College of Business

By:    Brandon Pytel
Date: May 18, 2018

Construction management alumnus Erik Bowersock returns to Cincinnati to work as assistant superintendent on UC’s new Lindner College of Business.

Bowersock stands with arms crossed on construction site.

Bowersock serves as MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineer on the new Carl H. Lindner College of Business construction project.

Bowersock with orange vest and hardhat leans down over pipes in building.

Bowersock inspects the plumbing system on site.

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is constantly changing. With the Nippert Stadium and Fifth-Third Arena renovations, new residence halls and the construction of a new business college, UC expands its footprint every day. One College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) alumnus is right in the middle of this transformation.

Erik Bowersock (construction management ’16) is assistant superintendent at Turner Construction Co., the company overseeing construction of the new Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Bowersock serves as MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineer on the project.

Prior to this assignment, Bowersock worked in Lexington, Kentucky, with several healthcare construction jobs. That all changed with the new business college.

“When I was told I was coming back to UC, I was pretty excited,” said Bowersock. “It’s nice to be home.”

Though Bowersock is originally from the Columbus area, his time at UC brought him closer to the city of Cincinnati, injecting a passion for the city and its people.

As MEP engineer on the project, Bowersock ensures equipment like air handlers, electrical transformers and switchgears all work correctly when added to the building. He also helps coordinate the day-to-day operations and manage workers on-site.

He is excited to be a part of such an interesting project. Danish design firm Henning Larsen, the design architect of the project, incorporated many unique features into the design of the building, including a curtain window wall that covers the front of the structure, two courtyards and two skylights, all of which will help bring natural light into the building.

“It is going to light up like a Christmas tree,” said Bowersock.

The roof is also unique in its design, layered with offset surfaces and abrupt angles. Though it may seem random at first, the roof design compliments the sidewalk patterns that stretch across UC’s campus.  Bowersock calls the new building “the missing piece of the puzzle” that connects west campus, which primarily serves undergraduate students, to UC’s medical campus, about a mile up the road.

Bowersock adjusts switches on electric board.

Bowersock ensures equipment like electrical transformers and switchgears work correctly when added to the building.

Bowersock shared all this and more last month at a tour and talk he gave to UC’s Construction Student Association chapter, a student group composed of over 225 members. Bowersock led a tour of the facilities, discussing the history of the design, the construction process and the advanced tools and technology Turner uses on the project. He also shared his personal story at UC, highlighting the transition from college to the professional field.

“It was very beneficial to see the nuts and bolts of the day-to-day operations of the construction process,” said Elliot Ice, president of Construction Student Association. “This project is a great example of how Turner is on the cutting edge of advanced construction processes.”

Bowersock was happy to share his story with students, and he appreciated the passion and interest from the student organization.

When Bowersock was an undergraduate student at CEAS, he was involved in Greek Life, student government and cheerleading. His biggest takeaways from his experience were the time management skills and preparation UC gave him to enter the professional field. Bowersock uses those skills everyday on site, as he and his team finish constructing the new Lindner College of Business, scheduled to open fall semester, 2019.

Said Bowersock, “Between the academics, the passion of the professors and the cooperative education program, I don’t think any university can prepare students for their careers better than UC.” 

Bowersock with orange vest and hardhat looks out at ERC from new college of business.

The new Lindner College of Business will be across the street from the Engineering Research Center.