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CM students earn ASC top finishes

April 7, 2011

Nine student teams from Colorado State University attended the 2011 Associated Schools of Construction Regions 6 and 7 Student Competition in Sparks, Nev. February 16-19. Over half returned with placing finishes in their categories.

CSU well represented

Construction Management

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Design-Build Team, Regional First Place

Heavy Civil Team, Regional Second Place

Commercial Team, Regional Third Place

BIM Team, National First Place

Mechanical Team, National Third Place

Graduate Team, National Honorable Mention

Nine student teams from Colorado State University attended the 2011 Associated Schools of Construction Regions 6 and 7 Student Competition in Sparks, Nev., February 16-19. Over half returned with placing finishes in their categories.

This was also the first year an electrical team from CSU attended the competition, and all the teams represented the department well as they worked on and presented their projects to the competition judges.

Students determined to win

In the regional competitions, CSU teams earned first place (Design-Build), second place (Heavy Civil) and third place (Commercial). According to the team coaches, all of the regionally competing teams exhibited serious determination and teamwork to achieve all three placing finishes in the competition. Some even continued team-building after the presentations were finished.

Bolivar Senior, one of the CM faculty coaches, said, “The Commercial team created the tradition of meeting after their presentation at a hamburger joint near the hotel. It has been a great tool for decompressing and keeping the sprit de corps. This year it was a challenging proposition since there had been snow and especially low temperatures, but the tradition was kept and hopefully will remain part of the strong ties that the team members usually develop.”

Obtaining national recognition

Nationally, the CSU teams earned first place (BIM), third place (Mechanical), and the Graduate team earned an Honorable Mention. This is the first time the BIM team has placed in the competition, let alone managed the top honor, but team coach Caroline Clevenger is not surprised. “The BIM Team’s success is a great example of how CSU’s students benefit from industry and academia working together,” she said. “We could not have accomplished what we did without industry support. Specifically, Alan Fordham of Weitz Construction worked via web-conference several times during the fall semester with our students to teach them the hands-on skills of BIM. At the competition, the ASC judges commented on how impressed they were with our students, particularly without the support of formal coursework.”

Brett Hanneman, BIM team member, said, “Our BIM Team was not on any of the 14 other schools’ radars as a threat, but when we were awarded First Place and became the National Champions, we showed everyone what could be accomplished from CSU students’ hard work and personal dedication. The ASC Student Competition was hands down the greatest experience of my collegiate career.”

Jordan Heberlein, a member of the Mechanical team, agreed with those sentiments and expressed her opinion that competing with the CM teams is something every CM student should try. “The ASC competitions in Reno have been the best experiences that I have had, aside from internships, in college. I feel that the competitions helped prepare me more for the situations that I could encounter in the industry once I graduate. I really encourage all the new students to the Construction Management Department to get involved with the competitions.”

Pursuing new programs

Following the competition presentations and judging, the CM Department held the first annual open house at the hospitality event hosted by ASC. Representatives from the department networked with industry members and representatives from other educational institutions and presented programs that CSU’s program is pursuing, including the CM Cares program and leadership course, the new service-learning and NAHB courses, and the internship program.

The CM Department is proud of its students’ achievements and looks forward to next year’s competition.


Contact: Natalya Weisgerber
E-mail: natalya.weisgerber@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-0435