CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Student Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America Wins National Contest

Date: 09-25-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
David Shirah
Department of Construction Management

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America has named California State University, Chico the winner of the 2012 Outstanding Student Chapter Contest in recognition of the student’s community service to the tornado-stricken community of Joplin. This is the fourth year running that the Chico AGC student chapter has been one of the top three student chapters in the nation.

Eighty-seven Chico State students and four faculty members from the Department of Construction Management traveled to Joplin, Mo., in March 2012, to rebuild four houses destroyed by the May 2011 tornado. AGC President, Josh Payne, was the Project Leader/Project Manager for the Joplin project.

"Chico State has earned first place twice in the last three years in the AGC contest and placed among the top three for the last four years running," said David Shirah, one of the advisors to the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management’s community service projects. "Not a small accomplishment considering we compete against all the major universities and community colleges nationwide. We truly have some amazing students with an equally amazing spirit and tradition of service to community."

The student chapter also received a check for $1,500 and was invited to present at the AGC's National Convention in Palm Springs in March next semester.

In 2011, CSU, Chico’s student AGC chapter won third place and $400 for Phase II of its “Blitz Build” for the Catalyst Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, a continuation of its 2010 first-place winning project. In 2009, the chapter won third place for helping victims of the fires in Concow by constructing 13 storage sheds. In addition, Shirah received the AGC Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award for 2010–2011.