INSIDE Chico State
0 February 28, 2002
Volume 32 Number 11
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




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Construction Management Students Earn Top Awards

Construction Management (CM) teams competed in the Feb. 5­8 14th Annual Associated Schools of Construction Management Competition and placed higher than teams from 23 other universities. The competition, known for its grueling schedule, was held at the Reno Hilton.

The Chico teams received several top awards: a First Place Award in Residential Building Projects; a Second Place Award in Commercial Building Projects; and a Second Place Award in Heavy Civil Projects. Only University of Washington received as many awards in the competition, with one first- and two third-place finishes.

Chico has participated in the competition for 13 years. Teams of six students have to replicate in a short amount of time—less than 24 hours—the process by which a real construction firm organizes, schedules, and bids an actual project.

“The students experience the value of working in teams to solve involved and complex construction projects,” said Rovane Younger, chair of the Department of Construction Management. “They have the opportunity to compare Chico’s CM program to some very high profile universities. It increases their confidence about their preparation.”

The Residential Building Projects team—Kevin Hunewill, Cheryl Gregor, Ryan Hill, Eugene Laico, Bryant Rumbaugh, and Mike Wozniak—coached by Professors Lori Dixon and Mark Maybee, made the best cost estimate, schedule, and construction plan for the construction of a 66-unit three-story apartment building on a four-story subterranean parking garage.

The Commercial Building Projects team—Bobby Coucoules, Steve Boitano, Ryan Lippman, Larissa Rouen, Stephanie Verdon, and Kyle Walker—coached by Professors Bruce Yoakum and Maxine Harrington, estimated the cost and made a construction schedule and plan for a 117,000-square-foot, three-story office building with a concrete exterior wall structure of 38 tilt-up concrete wall panels.

The Heavy Civil Projects team—Michael Herlax, Jeff Farr, Chad Fischer, Clark Gardner, Mike Makin and Justin Storm—coached by Professor Rich Holman and assisted by Professor Bart Bartholomew made a cost estimate, schedule, and construction plan to remove and replace a 2,000-foot by 150-foot section of the Reno-Tahoe airport runway.

“The passion the CM faculty have for their profession is displayed by the time and energy they devote these teams. The faculty coaches begin organization meetings at the end of the spring semester, and in the fall semester, meet weekly with the team.” said Younger.

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