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Student Team Successes

Photo: Construction Management Team

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Construction Management Takes First

Construction management's heavy civil team took first place at the national competition of the Associated Schools of Construction held in Dallas, in April 2003. The competing teams were assigned a construction problem, which consisted of building two freeway frontage roads, including asphalt paving, grading, and two structural concrete bridges. The students were allowed 16 hours to produce a cost estimate, construction schedule, budget, cash flow analysis, and concrete formwork design. Each team presented a 25-minute project overview and fielded questions. Construction management professors Rich Holman and Matt Byrne are the team's advisers. "This year's team was the epitome of teamwork," says Holman. "They possessed the skills, experience, and ability to thrive as a team." The students won first place in heavy civil projects at the regional competition in Reno, Nevada, in February 2003, which assured their place in national competition. The Department of Construction Management has about 400 majors, and its graduates are consistently heavily recruited. Above are members of the heavy civil team with their trophies. Left to right, back row: Ryan Edson, adviser Rich Holman, adviser Matt Byrne; middle row: Jeff Farr, Randy Baylor, Clark Gardner; front row: Matt Gates, Quinn Hennig-Hance.

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Chico students know how to work together as a winning team. Part of the winning formula is the close working relationship between professors and students at Chico. Another factor is the residential campus, where students are near enough to spend extra time preparing for a competition.