Construction management students shine again in competition

Building on an already solid reputational foundation nationally, CSU’s construction management students had another good showing at a regional competition held this month in Nevada.

More than 60 CM students competed in the Associated Schools of Construction regional and open problem competitions in Sparks, Nev., Feb. 4-6.

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CSU’s construction management students had another strong showing at a regional competition.

All eight teams from CSU demonstrated why they claim to be among the best in the nation, as they presented their problem solutions to the judges in various categories and hauled home some top-ranking hardware.

“All of our students exhibited professionalism, dedication, and commitment in their work,” said CM department head Mostafa Khattab. “We are very pleased and proud of their achievements.”

In the ASC Region Six categories, CSU’s Design-Build team earned first place and the Heavy Civil team earned second. In the open problems, which are for all ASC-member schools, the Preconstruction Services team, Mechanical team and Sustainable Design and LEED team each earned second place.

Some CSU students even earned individual recognitions for their work. Sean Howell of the Preconstruction Services team earned the Most Outstanding Student award from PCL Construction Services. Two alternates, Terry Williams and Wes Shaffer, earned second and third place, respectively, in the alternates competition.

“I had a great time,” said Silas Dwyer, a member of the Virtual Design and Construction team. “I attended as an alternate in 2013, and competing in the full competition this year was well worth the time and energy involved. I believe this experience is very rewarding and recommend that all students in CM participate at least once.”

The ASC competitions take place every February. CSU’s CM program also sends teams to competitions hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors, the Design-Build Institute of America, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, and the National Association of Home Builders. This year, a team will also be competing in the first Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress student competition at the end of February. Details and results of these contests will be announced as they happen.