They did it again! The Clarkson Construction Engineering Management (CEM) Design-Build competition team placed second, besting all but one of the seven teams that competed in this category during the 28th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 1 event in Albany last month. This follows the first place win by the Pre-Construction Services team at the prior year’s competition.
The ASC (ascweb.org) Region 1 competition challenges construction students from across the North Eastern US to a pressure cooker of scheduling, estimating, constructability analysis and knowledge of the construction industry.
Teams compete in several categories: Heavy Civil, Commercial Construction, Design Build, and Pre-Construction Services.
Students are given an IFB (invitation for bid) or an RFP (request for proposal) at 8 a.m. on Friday and are required to produce a full construction bid or proposal by 10 to 11 p.m. that night. The following day they have to explain their efforts in an oral presentation. Each category is sponsored by a firm in the construction industry who also double as the judging panel for the student teams.
Faculty, including Clarkson’s Bill Olsen (Design-Build), Jared Heinl (Pre-Construction) and Jim Billings (Heavy-Civil), support the students as coaches prior to competition
This year Clarkson sent three teams: one in Heavy Civil Construction, one in Pre-Construction Services, and one in Design Build.
A team consisting of five Clarkson Civil Engineering students (Zachary Gordon, BS CE ’18, Padraic Defino, BS CE ’17, Michael Sommers, BS CE ’18, Leudin Dominguez, BS CE ’18, and Kaylie Klavoon, BS CE ’18) led by Courtney Antholzner, BC CE ’17 took on the challenge of designing and planning for the construction of a new medical office building. They had to design all aspects of the building, including the site as well as produce logistics plans, develop detailed activity schedules, and put a conceptual price estimate together as part of a comprehensive design-build proposal. The team did a great job, being recognized by the judges for their overall concept as they came forward to accept their second place prize at Saturday evening’s award banquet.
In trying to explain what it meant to him, team member Padriac “Paddy” Defino said that “while I was nervous to be a part of the competition at the beginning of the semester, I felt nothing but confidence by the time we arrived in Albany.” As one of Clarkson’s many Student Projects in Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) completions, Paddy went on to reflect on his experience saying that “I would recommend this competition to anyone who has the opportunity to take part in it. I hope that in the future I will be able to participate in this experience again in some other way.”
The Design Build competition category was sponsored by the Consigli Construction Company and provides a cash prize of $600 for the winning school as well as other individual prizes to the students.
Clarkson also competed in both the Heavy Civil and Pre-Construction categories. While they didn't place, both of these other teams performed in the top half rounding out the superb results of the student's hard work in Albany the weekend of Veteran’s Day.
This is the second time a Clarkson Team has placed in the top two in the last two years of regional competition, continuing to demonstrate the excellence of the Clarkson CEM undergraduate experience.