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Boise State construction management students impress at regional competition

Construction management (CM) students in Boise State University’s College of Engineering received awards in four categories at the recent Associated Schools of Construction Inter-Scholastic Regional Competition and Conference.

Boise State entered teams in eight divisions, winning second place in Design-Build, Commercial and Heavy Civil, and third place in Risk Management. The winning teams competed against top Western schools including Colorado State University, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University and other strong engineering programs from Montana to New Mexico.

Other categories where Boise State teams were competitive included LEED, Marine, Preconstruction and Electrical, where they were up against competitors from such schools as Cal Poly, Oregon State University, UC Berkeley, University of Washington and Virginia Tech.

After receiving their problem statements and accompanying specifications, plans, data and proposal criteria at 6 a.m., teams had about 18 hours to develop solutions, which generally included means and methods, planning, costs, staffing, safety and sustainability considerations. The 15 industry-sponsored competition “problems” were based on actual multimillion-dollar construction projects and judged by professional constructors.

“The competition is a tremendous experience for our CM students. Each problem requires students to synthesize a variety of construction management areas, exercise their teaming and leadership skills, and deliver a comprehensive solution for an authentic scenario under extreme time constraints,” Tony Songer, chair of the CM Department at Boise State and faculty coach of the Design-Build team, stated in a release. “The event is a great example of industry and academia working together to enhance student education.”

In its 23rd consecutive year as the largest construction student competition in the world, the Reno event drew more than 1,200 competitors on 160 teams from 41 universities and 17 states. A job fair with representatives from more than 40 companies added to the networking opportunity.

Members of Boise State’s award-winning teams are:

Design-Build: Tucker Robb (captain), Clay Burnham, Joe Coba, Will Longstroth, Garrett Mar, Jarred Townsend, Tim Harris (alternate), Tony Songer (faculty coach)

Commercial: Matt Guho (captain), Torry McAlvain, Joe McFarland, Jaron Oliver, Ryan Tabuchi, Matt Wilson, Aaron Newman (alternate), Casey Cline (faculty coach)

Heavy Civil: Adam Zavas (captain), David Denton, Steve Earl, Tony Haguewood, Herb Hogg, Jared Staub, Nick Meyer (alternate), Tom Woodall (faculty coach)

Risk Management: Kevin Tucker (captain), Kelsey Bertrand, Jeff McDougall, Tyson Oyler, Tommy Opland, Andrew Pharis, Wendy Wendrowski (faculty coach)


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