Construction management teams continue run of excellence
Story by Daniel Ricci
Once again, student competition teams in the Department of Construction Management are demonstrating their excellence.
The competition season started with a first place overall finish at the Associated Builders and Contractors competition in November. The National Association of Home Builders competition team followed with a strong finish at its event in early January, placing 10th out of 35 teams.
The National Roofing Contractors Association team submitted its proposal in December and will compete in the final competition in early March. Additionally, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America team advanced to the final four of the competition and will travel to San Diego to compete for the championship in late March.
The Associated Schools of Construction competition, held in Sparks, Nevada, just wrapped up, and CSU had one of its strongest finishes to date. The CM department sent more than 60 students and faculty advisors representing seven teams — Commercial, Design-Build, Heavy Civil, Mechanical, Preconstruction, Sustainability, and Virtual Design and Construction — to the event, which brings together over 1,300 students representing 45 universities to showcase their knowledge, creativity and presentation skills.
The CSU Design-Build, Mechanical, Preconstruction and Sustainability teams all finished first in their respective categories, a level of excellence unmatched by any other school. Additionally, Karina Smith of the Mechanical team earned recognition for her outstanding individual performance. Ben Egan and Rupal Vaidya, participating in the Alternates competition, helped their teams to first- and third-place finishes too.
The continued high-level performance of the CSU teams is a testament first and foremost to the students. As intense as the events are, the preparation required is just as demanding.
‘Eager to learn’
“They worked day and night, sometimes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.,” faculty advisor Mohammed Mehany said of the Design-Build team. “They were eager to learn and improve. They had great work ethic, teamwork and leadership. I am so proud of what they accomplished!”
All of the teams demonstrated a similar level of commitment, spending long hours studying past problem statements and familiarizing themselves with different scenarios and questions they might face during their event. They also immersed themselves in the tools and software needed to create their proposals.
It is also important to recognize the other contributors to the teams’ successes. Faculty advisors offer guidance and help steer the teams’ preparations. Industry mentors critique team presentations and offer guidance on their approaches during the lead-up to the competitions. The teams’ successes are a reflection of the preparation, commitment and teamwork found in the construction management department.
CSU External Relations Staff