Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, Feb. 7, was the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition. Four finalist teams from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, presented the final portion of their projects—proposals to the judges acting as the owner and general contractor for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

The teams arrived in New Orleans Monday, met for a brief orientation, drew oral presentation times and attended the Alliance member reception. Students had an early morning job-site visit at the Audubon Aquarium Tuesday and spent time at the expo in between rehearsals. Tuesday evening several teams enjoyed the IRE Welcome Party at Generations Hall. Wednesday was another early morning as they reported to the competition holding room and gave their oral presentations.

After hearing all presentations and conducting a 10-minute Q & A session with each team, the judges reviewed their notes and scores and determined the winning teams. First place went to Summit Roofing from Auburn University; team members were Alex Gomez, Jordan Edwards, Jason McCay (team captain), Hannah Redifer and Matthew Youngblood (alternate).

A few elements that set the Auburn team members apart from the others was a thorough understanding of the project; a well-prepared presentation; the team was articulate and concise; safety and quality control/quality-assurance plans were well-presented; they were prepared for the judges’ questions; had a thorough understanding of site logistics and schedule; and spent a great deal of time preparing their presentation.

Colorado State University won second place; team members were Mahoney Bajwa, Kyle Bloesser, Sam Hughes (team captain) and Ben Jacobs.

In recognition of their hard work, both teams received team trophies, scholarships for their schools, and individual team member trophies.

New to the competition this year, judges selected a Best Individual Presenter. Hannah Redifer from Auburn University was this year’s recipient.

We want to thank everyone involved with the competition—the Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee members, team mentors, judges, faculty, and of course, the students for all their hard work! We look forward to next year’s competition and team presentations during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention and the 2019 IRE Feb. 9-13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Date : 3/20/2018