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Clarkson University Construction Management Team Wins Regional Competition
The Clarkson University Construction Management Team recently took top honors in the student construction management competition at the Associated Schools of Construction Region One Conference in Pleasantville, N.J. Region One extends from Maine to Virginia.
In the school’s first-ever appearance in the competition, Clarkson’s five-person team of Jillian M. Haers ’99 (Phelps, N.Y.), Kurt M. Kvasny ’99 (Endwell, N.Y.), W. Andrew Downing ’00 (Rensselaer Falls, N.Y.), Cory J. McDowell ’00 (Ilion, N.Y.), Randall D. Pray ’00 (Keeseville, N.Y.). placed first in a field of eleven intercollegiate teams. All are CEE majors and members of the Clarkson student chapter of the Associated General Contractors.
Head judge Roland Ferrara, a construction consultant to the United States Postal Service, said the Clarkson team's “knowledge of the project applied to the project” differentiated their entry them from the competition.
The event required an intense intellectual and physical effort from each team involved. After receiving the plans and specifications for a new building, teams had to submit a complete written proposal for construction management services, including a construction schedule and cost estimate, then present their proposal to a jury of three construction professionals and respond to questions as part of an oral interview.
The team was supported financially and advised by several individuals and/or firms in the construction industry including the Associated General Contractors of New York State; Pat Murnane, Murnane Building Contractors, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Richard E. Parsons, Clarkson University; Spencer Thew, Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Canton, N.Y.; and RSI Roofing, in Gouverneur, N.Y.
The team also received help from Clarkson’s SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program, which promotes project-based learning opportunities by providing engineering design opportunities for Clarkson students. SPEED is supported by grants from General Electric and General Motors