Oct. 31, 2013

Contact: Gregory F. Starzyk

Cal Poly Construction Management Teams Take Top Honors in National Competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly Construction Management teams took top awards in the national open category of the recent Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 student competition in which 45 teams from 23 universities converged on Downers Grove, Ill. 

Three problem categories were restricted to teams from the Great Lakes Region. Three other categories were open to teams from across the nation, including Cal Poly’s two teams, both of which came away with trophies and cash prizes. The Electrical Team took first, and the Preconstruction Team came in second.

On the first day of the competition, student teams had 16 hours in which to analyze and evaluate their problem and to prepare detailed written proposals. The following day, team members gave a 30-minute presentation to a panel of professionals, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

Teams in the Electrical Transportation and Infrastructure category submitted a fixed-priced proposal to rebuild electrical infrastructure on more than 20 miles of Chicago’s Red Line, a light rail commuter train system. The Milwaukee School of Engineering came in second, and Purdue University placed third. 

Teams in the Preconstruction Services category submitted proposals for planning, estimating, analysis and review services related to design and construction of a new $30 to $40 million professional office building and training center near Chicago. Cal Poly bested nine other teams in a very close contest. The Milwaukee School of Engineering took first, and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, took third.

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