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Construction Management Students Win National Competition

Date: April 2, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

Supported by UC College of Applied Science and the Ohio Valley of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a team of four UC students in the College of Applied Science construction management program took first place in three out of four categories in the February Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national competition. The competition was held March 1 as part of the organization's national convention in New Orleans.

Construction management majors Kevin Richard, team captain, along with James Stokes, Adam Rettig and Nick Filippi were assigned to conduct a study for the development and construction of a two-story office building located in Iowa. The focus of the competition was on estimating the cost of the project, managing its construction, developing a safety plan and coordinating the overall construction plan. Experienced professionals from the Associated Builders and Contractors judged the studies, using strict guidelines based on the original requirements of the project.

As a result of the competition, UC's team took first place for the overall coordination of the project, winning $1,000 for that category; first place in safety, earning $500; and first place in estimating, a $500 prize. The team placed second to BYU in the category of construction management.

George Suckarieh, professor of construction management and advisor to the team and ABC chapter, indicated the students competed against teams from nearly 20 other schools, including the nation's top construction management programs: University of Florida, Texas A&M, Colorado State, BYU, Clemson University and Purdue. He added that the prize money will go to the UC student chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and will help in financing the ABC team's travel to next year's competition.

The Associated Builders and Contractors represent more than 23,000 merit shop construction and construction firms and organizations across the United States. The ABC Ohio Valley chapter in Dayton, Ohio funded the students' trip to New Orleans for the competition.

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