ASC-Reno Construction Competition
For the first time, we sent a UA student team to the 31st Annual Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition. "Intense," "exhausting" and "incredible" are some of the words students used to describe this event.
There are 13 problem categories at this event, each one with an industry sponsor who takes a real-world construction project and reconfigures it into a competition problem. Our team competed in design-build to make use of our past experiences in the National DBIA Student Competitions.
Our students prepared by meeting with people in industry to grow their knowledge in scheduling, estimating, site logistics, quality control, presenting and more. At 7 a.m., on the day of the event, our team received the project requirements and by 9 p.m. had turned in their proposal.
At 8:30 the next morning, the team presented before an industry panel.
The event also included plenty of opportunities for networking with industry, and a large career fair.
"Companies were very encouraging for you to come up to talk to them. They know what you went through to present your team’s idea so they know that you work hard. I had an amazing time at the ASC conference."
-- UA Team Member
Students are excited to compete again next year. In addition to another design-build team, UA intends to send a second team in the heavy civil category.
The team received guidance, encouragement and travel funds from many companies. Industry support and involvement with UA was phenomenal.
Special thanks to those who helped the team:
- Brasfield & Gorrie
- DBIA Western Pacific Region
- Hensel Phelps
- Sturgeon Electric
Industry and individuals are finding many ways to support CEM. We had six outstanding industry mentors for ENGR 495: Engineering Leadership Seminar, including Mike Nelson, Barry Abbott, Phil Hall, Tom McGovern, Priscilla Cornelio and John Bernal. They met with students throughout the semester and provided insight into careers and life.
"I initially took this course to fill up my schedule, but soon realized this was one of the most important classes I could ever take. I now know that leadership is something that can be developed, and I will remember this course for the rest of my career as I strive to be an influential leader in my field."
-- ENGR 495 Student
We are also grateful for the companies and individuals who have provided financial support for the operating expenses of CEM this year. If you are inspired by what you read here, please consider a financial gift to CEM. Gifts can be made online by designating CEEM Construction.
- Brasfield & Gorrie
- Henry George Mackintosh Foundation
- Structural Grace