Hard work and teamwork make Ram-Built champions in construction management

Story by Kristin Haller

Months of preparation paid off for two more CSU construction management teams during national competitions this spring.

Put to the test in all skills learned throughout their academic career, CM students displayed exceptional leadership and passion throughout the competitions.

MCAA team wins first place

The CSU team stands with their trophy at the MCAA competition.

A team of seven students earned a spot in the Final Four for the student competition at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America annual convention after submitting their project in October. The team presented and took first place during the convention in San Antonio, Texas, on March 26.

The teams were charged with presenting a proposal for the renovation of the Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in New York City. This project required teams to coordinate and assist in removing the existing equipment, install new equipment using variable refrigerant flow technology, arrange for and coordinate the subcontracted work, manage the project within the space constraints of the restaurant and arrange for city permits and licenses. All of their hard work paid off with a prize of $10,000 and the spotlight of first place nationally.

ABC team takes second place

The CSU team stands in front of the ABC Spring 2018 Convention sign.
ABC Team

In their second competition this year, the CM Associated Builders and Contractors Team placed second overall, second in estimating and third in project management/scheduling at the ABC Construction Management Competition in Long Beach, California, held March 18-22.

The competition consisted of 16 teams, each made up of four undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the nation. Each team was given the project of focusing on the modernization of the Will Rogers Middle School Campus, including upgrades and improvements to buildings on the campus and exterior sites. The project contained abatement, demolition, roofing, finishes, specialties, related MEPF and building systems, earthwork, site utilities, hardscape and exterior improvements. In addition, the campus had to remain open and accessible during construction, so coordination with the end user and the public was part of this project’s scope.

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