CSU, Chico News

Construction Management Student Teams Take Top Spots at Competition

Date: 02-16-2015

Zachary Phillips, Editorial Assistant
Public Affairs
Alan Bond, professor
Construction Management Department

California State University, Chico construction management students secured top-three finishes in three separate categories at the Associated Students of Construction (ASC) Region 7 Student Competition on Feb. 5­-7 in Sparks, Nevada.

The CSU, Chico construction management program had eight teams competing. The Heavy Civil Team, coached by Professor Chris Souder, took first place competing against 16 other schools. The Marine team, also coached by Souder, placed third.

Chico State’s Commercial Team, coached by Professor Allen Bond, placed second, missing first place by less than one point out of 200 points possible.

Bond said the Commercial Team was presented with a task [HA1] and given 18 hours to develop a written, presentable solution while improvising to solve surprise complications that popped up along the way.

On the following day, the team presented their solution to a panel of industry representatives who then judged the solution based on a points system, he said.

“There’s some really stiff competition out there,” Bond said. “I mean, USC comes up, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo comes up, there are over 44 schools that attend.”

Bond also noted that schools from all over the country come to compete in the Open Competition.

“It’s very competitive,” he said. “So for our Division II school, I think we do pretty well.”

After the competition ended and before the award ceremony, each team attended a job fair with over 110 companies in attendance. Many students leave the competition with several interview opportunities, Bond said.

The ASC competition occurs annually, on the first weekend in February. The team selection process for next year’s ASC competition will begin in the fall 2015 semester.

For more information, contact Professor Alan Bond at adbond@csuchico.edu or 530-898-6355.