CSU, Chico News

Students Nail Down Top Awards in Construction Management Competition

Date: 02-26-2016

Alan Bond, professor
Department of Construction Management
Ernesto Rivera
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico construction management students took home top honors from the Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) regional student competition in Sparks, Nevada, held Feb. 10—13.

The annual competition for schools in the association’s Rocky Mountain Region (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) and Far West Region (California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington) tests the real-world problem-solving skills of students in construction management programs.

CSU, Chico’s teams placed first in the commercial competition and second in both the heavy civil and integrated project competitions. The four-day event drew more than 13,000 students from 46 universities.

Sponsored and administrated by individual construction companies, each competition category was based on a real problem the company had faced in the past. The student teams had 18 hours to develop plans to solve the problem and present their solution to a panel of company representatives. Students were scored on how well they responded to and solved the problems and how well they defended their decisions to the panel.

“I believe students view it as an earned privilege to go and compete in this event,” said construction management professor Alan Bond, who coached the commercial team. “Their exposure to industry, other schools and each other is priceless in the early development of their careers in the construction industry. The event gives them a feel for real-life industry problems they will need to be able to solve under very tight timelines.”

A Feb. 13 job fair held at the event’s conclusion featured more than 100 companies, many of which conducted on-the-spot interviews and sent hiring managers to see students present their work.

“The team that wins is the team that wants it the most, is willing to put in the time, is willing to take constructive criticism and is willing to get better,” Bond said. “I think those attributes speak volumes about our students, and those same attributes are the ones companies are looking for.”

CSU, Chico’s bachelor’s degree in construction management prepares students for work in one of the world’s most economically significant fields. The program is the largest of its kind in California and is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Learn more at www.csuchico.edu/cm.

Learn more about the ASC’s regional competition, and see results, at http://asc67.org/.


Photo caption: CSU, Chico construction management students with representatives from sponsor Hensel Phelps Construction Company. (Photo courtesy Alan Bond)