Students from Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management are continuing their winning ways in national competitions held around the country. CM fielded teams at the National Association of Home Builders student competition, Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Colorado Contractors Association, Jan. 31 in Denver, Colorado; the Roofing Alliance Construction Management student competition, Feb. 4-6 in Dallas, Texas; and the Associated Schools of Construction student competition, Feb. 5-8 in Sparks, Nevada.
Impressive showing at the National Association of Homebuilders Competition
Students from 40 four-year universities worked throughout the fall academic semester to produce a 50-page proposal outlining their plan to successfully acquire, develop, and market a 130 acre “Active Adult Community” in St. George, UT. The proposal addressed market analysis; product design and selection, site design; sustainability issues; cost estimate and schedule; site management and logistics; sales and marketing strategy; and, risk analysis and financial analysis. Students were able to present and summarize their findings to a team of judges at the IBS.
Overall, CSU’s NAHB team scored better than average and placed in the top half, an exciting feat for a team with no returning members. The photo includes team members (L to R): Logan Albrecht, Ari Plotkin, Abby Thiessen (Captain), Michael Strahler, Erin Fitzgerald, and Kiel Ise.
Colorado Contractors Association hosts student competition in Denver – CM takes 1st
Heavy Civil teams from Colorado universities competed by preparing mock proposals that were submitted and judged prior to the CCA conference. The teams then presented their proposals and fielded questions from a panel of judges in front of conference attendees during one of the afternoon conference work sessions. These heavy civil teams competed for scholarship awards, exposure to the heavy civil/infrastructure community, and of course bragging rights. This event affords hiring managers the opportunity to meet some of the best talent in the state.
The CM CCA Ram Team won 1st Place in this 2nd annual student competition event for CCA. CM fielded two teams this year. The Ram team included Mariah Wang, Ian Myers, Haylee Sutton, Dillan Feuerstein, and Kacey Ford.
Roofing team takes second place
The CSU Roofing Team earned 2nd place at the Roofing Alliance Construction Management student competition. The competition is sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association to introduce students to the roofing industry. The competition was held at the International Roofing Expo in Dallas, Texas.
This year’s competition had 11 teams from universities across the nation competing for the five finalist positions. The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills.
The photo includes faculty coach, team members and industry support. (L to R): Nick Rubino – CM Faculty Coach; Mahoney Bajwa; Christopher Vargas; Dennis Conway (’69 CM Alum) – Commercial Roofers, Inc. in Las Vegas; Paul Cheever; Brendan Phelan; John Peckham; Kent Nelson – Industry Mentor, Front Range Roofing.
Two teams take 1st place in ASC competition
The CM department sent more than 60 students and faculty advisers to the ASC event, which brings together approximately 1,470 students on 197 teams representing 53 universities and 21 states. CSU students showcased their knowledge, creativity and presentation skills, fielding teams in 9 categories: Commercial, Design-Build, Heavy Civil, Integrated Project Design, Mechanical, Mixed Use, Preconstruction, Sustainability, and Virtual Design and Construction.
For the second year in a row, the CM Heavy Civil team took top honors with a 1st place win. The winning team includes (L-R): Haylee Sutton, Gavin Hubbard, Bryan Nelson, Andrea Lau, Caleb Bottoms, MacKenzie Brock, Sam Johnson, and Jeff Wilkes-CM faculty coach.
CM’s Virtual Design in Construction team also earned 1st place honors. Team members include (L-R): Zach Maurer, Scott Carlson, Elizabeth Reinhardt, Navya Immadisetty, Edward Harris, and Mike Strahler.
Taking individual awards were the following:
ASC Alternate – Terry Copperman, 2nd Place
ASC Alternate – Standout Award, Mariah Wang and
ASC IPD – Merit Award, Anna Simpkins