Andrew McCoy, professor and head of the Department of Building Construction, associate director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and the director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, has been named Yvan J. Beliveau Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Yvan J. Beliveau Professorship was established with a generous donation from George B. Clarke IV to support a professor in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction who demonstrates excellence in the field.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2008, McCoy’s scholarship involves diffusion and commercialization of innovative projects in the construction industry. He is the main author of numerous books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers on the subjects of innovation adoption, diffusion and commercialization in residential construction, and construction safety.

McCoy is the editor-in-chief of the Associated Schools of Construction International Journal of Construction Education and Research and associate editor of the inaugural edition of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Journal of Architectural Engineering Special Edition on Residential Building Construction. He has been a primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including green residential construction practices, building technologies, affordable housing, and safety practices in the construction supply chain.    

He has more than 17 years of experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, including more than eight years of fieldwork and more than four years of managing a design-build firm that maintained a Class A Virginia contractor license and employed licensed architects.

McCoy’s research won the 2015 Game Changer Award for the State of Virginia and Engineering News Record’s 2014 Top 20 under 40 for the Mid-Atlantic. His scholarship also won ASCE’s Journal of Architectural Engineering Top Paper Award in 2015 and the American Real Estate Society conference’s best paper prize for the topic of sustainable real estate.

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction is housed jointly in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering. The building construction program prepares students to critically address the present and evolving needs of the construction industry and focuses on the understanding of construction technology, construction management, and production management processes. Students develop an understanding of the technical aspects of construction while applying useful construction management practices and tools to maintain control and provide informed, optimal decisions.

McCoy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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