CSU, Chico News

Concrete Industry Management Student Crew Named Finalist in Contest

Date: 01-24-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Joe Wills, director
Public Affairs

Students from California State University, Chico’s Concrete Industry Management program (CIM) were finalists in the World of Concrete’s 2013 Crews That Rock competition for their 2012 rehabilitation project on Alcatraz Island.

The eight-student crew completed repairs on the island’s historic “Puppy Stairs” over a period of 10 weeks this summer as part of the CIM Preservation Field School, wherein students learn about all aspects of concrete, concrete preservation and specialty areas such as concrete repair aesthetics. The team overcame unique logistical challenges working on an island that, due to its National Historic Landmark status, draws more than 5,000 visitors each day and demands the thoughtful integration of professional repair best practices with accepted preservation approaches.

The field school, in its third year, is led by CIM Director Tanya Wattenburg Komas and on-site project manager Andrew Billingsley, a former student crewmember, with oversight from the National Park Service; CSU, Chico faculty; and professional mentors.

CSU, Chico’s Alcatraz crew was among 27 finalists in the Crews That Rock competition’s community service/not-for-profit category. Grand prizes in the category went to volunteer projects by construction companies StoneMakers and Chasco Constructors.

“The cool thing about this contest is that it’s about the people who did the project,” Komas said. “As a student crew, to make it that far and be recognized for the work they did, it’s a big deal.”

Several students from the CSU, Chico crew will travel to Las Vegas Feb. 5-8 for the World of Concrete’s flagship event, an annual international trade show that typically draws about 30,000 people from the commercial construction industry. There, visitors will be able to view information about the Crews That Rock finalists and their projects.