Six students enrolled in Alfred State College’s construction management engineering technology bachelor of science program recently took second place in the Commercial Building division at the Associated Schools of Construction Region I (Virginia to Maine) estimating and scheduling competition, held at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown, NJ. The commercial competition was sponsored by KBE Building Corporation.
The project for the commercial building competition was the Lyman Hall High School. The students participating in the Commercial Building division included seniors in the baccalaureate construction management programs: Keith Wegrzyn, Grand Island; Tyler Richards, Ogdensburg; Tara Yohe, Bradford, PA; Melissa Sokolinski, Walden; Jared Heckman, Greenwood; and Phillip Thomas, Rochester. The team took second-place honors against teams from the following schools: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA; Rochester Institute of Technology; Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; Central Connecticut State; SUNY ESF; SUNY Delhi; Utica College Polytechnic Institute of NYU; Rogers Williams University, Bristol, RI; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark.
This competition, a 20-year-old tradition for construction schools, simulates real-world conditions in a compressed time frame. Students arrive on a Thursday night and set up their “office” which consists of laptops, color and black-and-white printers, a scanner, and a compute projector. Software used included Timberline estimating, Primavera scheduling, Excel, and PowerPoint.
At 8 a.m. Friday, the students were given plans and specifications for their respective projects. The teams emerged from their hotel room at midnight to turn in an estimate, project schedule, and a means and methods plan. On Saturday, the students gave formal presentations to a panel of judges from the company that constructed the project.
Alfred also entered a team in the heavy highway competition sponsored by Weeks Marine, Inc., and the Design Build competition sponsored by Pizzagalli Construction Company.
The students were accompanied by their coach and adviser, faculty member Civil Engineering Technology Department at ASC.
Financial support to participate in the contest was received from a variety of corporate sponsors as well as alumni donations to the Construction 100 Club fund.