CSU CM Teams Continue Excellence at ASC Student Competition


It was another great year for the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Construction Management (CM) at the Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) student competition. CSU teams took first place in four out of seven categories, and three students earned special recognition for their individual performance.

The 2017 competition, which took place in Sparks, NV, February 8-11, featured 182 teams from 45 universities, including 60 students and faculty advisors from CSU. The program was sponsored by the Northern California Mechanical Contractors Association and Southland Industries. CSU fielded seven teams for as many categories and took first place in the Design-Build, Mechanical, Preconstruction, and Sustainability categories. The other categories were Commercial, Heavy Civil and Virtual Design and Construction.

Three CSU students brought home additional honors for their teams. Karina Smith of the Mechanical team earned recognition for her outstanding individual performance. Ben Egan and Rupal Vaidya, who participated in the Alternates competition, helped earn first and third place finishes for their respective teams.

This year’s project—Phase 1 of a 36.4 megawatt Data Center—was  underway and approximately 30% complete. With N+2 redundancy on the mechanical systems, it was a priority for the owner to have the highest level of quality built into the systems while keeping a focus on reliability and serviceability. An aggressive construction schedule was imposed which required teams to be innovative in their construction approach and planning of the work.

The competition called for the student competition teams and the judges to be employees of the same company. The student competition teams took on the role as the company’s onsite construction team executing the Mechanical & Plumbing scope under a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contract. The judges became the company’s upper management. Upper management had requested a project update meeting to address the project’s current financial status, revenue projections, budget updates, construction progress, risk and opportunity analysis, and mitigation plans.

Congratulations to the CSU teams for a stellar performance!