Construction management teams take home 7 awards from latest competition

All CM teams

Story by Kristin Haller

Students from CSU’s Department of Construction Management are continuing their winning ways, earning seven awards at the Associated Schools of Construction competition held Feb. 7-10 in Sparks, Nevada.

The CM department sent more than 60 students and faculty advisors to the event, which brings together over 1,400 students on 195 teams representing 49 universities. CSU students showcased their knowledge, creativity and presentation skills, fielding teams in eight categories: Commercial, Design-Build, Electrical, Heavy Civil, Mechanical, Preconstruction, Sustainability, and Virtual Design and Construction.

The CSU teams brought home five team awards, one individual award, and one alternate award from the Region 6 and Open competitions. The Virtual Design and Construction team earned first place out of 12 teams. The Commercial, Design-Build and Sustainability teams all earned second place in their competitions, and the Preconstruction team placed third.

Evan Palmer of the Design-Build team earned MVP recognition for his outstanding individual performance. Colin Saiz, participating in the Alternates competition, helped his team earn third place.

VDC team

The Virtual Design and Construction team won first place at the ASC competition.

Other competitions

The CM department has more than 70 students participating in 13 different teams for regional and national competitions in 2017-18.

The competition season started with an impressive four awards — including a first place overall finish — for the ABC Team at the Associated Builders and Contractors National Construction Management Competition, held Nov. 6-7 in Orlando, Florida.

Roofing team
CSU won second place at the National Roofing Contractors Association convention last week.

In addition, the Roofing team represented well at the National Roofing Contractors Association Convention last week, earning second place. CSU also had a team compete at the National Association of Home Builders competition in January, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America team advanced to the final four of its competition, which will take place in March.

A team effort

The continued high-level performance of the CSU teams is a testament first and foremost to the students, but it is also important to recognize other contributors. Faculty coaches offer guidance and help steer the teams’ preparations, while industry mentors critique team presentations and offer guidance on their approaches during the lead-up to the competitions.

The teams’ successes reflect the preparation, commitment and teamwork in the Department of Construction Management.

More information about CM competition teams can be found at

The Department of Construction Management is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.