Civil Engineering students Jarrod Holliday, Josh Wallace,
and Jason Zwinggi simulate construction cranes during
timed assembly of their award-winning bridge. The bridge
spans a “river” outlined by tape. (photo Jason Zwinggi)
It was a close run to the wire, as CSU, Chico and the University of Nevada, Reno demonstrated that they both had plans on the national trophy.
Reno's bridge was lighter, one of the lightest in the country, at just over sixty pounds. Chico's was much stiffer and constructed with lightening-fast speed. Reno won the two classifications involving weight, while Chico won the two categories based on stiffness and speed.
The judges broke the tie based on aesthetics and constructability, also a close call, with the nod going to Chico.
Next stop for the team is Anchorage for the national competition on Memorial Day weekend. Chico and Reno qualify as the top two teams in the Mid-Pacific Region, and both are contenders for the top prize. Chico's team will be modifying their bridge to drop some weight, without hindering performance in the other categories.
Members of the student team are civil engineering majors Jason Zwinggi, Jarrod Holliday, and Josh Wallace. Faculty advisers are Russell Mills and Joel Arthur. Components of the CSU, Chico bridge were fabricated by engineering technicians Jim Luallen and Mike Renwick.
Russel Mills, Engineering