Students from SUU's Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management have cemented brighter futures after bringing home a second consecutive win at the Associated Schools of Construction regional tournament in Reno, Nev.
Six T-Birds took their skills on the road to compete in the rigorous competition and returned home with a solid third place ranking among western universities in the mixed-use competition.
“Only the best students are chosen to attend, so just being there is an honor,” stated Matt Edwards, professional in residence for construction management at SUU. “A win at this competition not only means our students can measure up to other schools, but that SUU is a school from which to recruit.”
During the two-day event, teams were given a set of blueprints for the construction of a building, complete with detailed specifications and sub-contractor bids. For the next 14 hours, teams outlined a budget, completed safety and management plans, identified potential contractors and mapped out a timeline for a hypothetical $52 million project for Layton Construction.
After outlining project plans, the students compiled them into a 30-minute proposal which they presented to a panel of judges.
This year’s competition was the third for several of the students among the SUU contingent, which may have given the team an edge. Last year, the team placed first in the same category.
The winning group included construction management students Cole Wilson, Jeff Lister, Ryan Hedstrom and Tony Aguirre, as well as engineering technology student Nick Hammer and architectural design student Zane Hunzeker.