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The annual ASC student competition for Regions 6 & 7 took place this past week and you can found out how the schools performed at the ASC Regional Website at:

http://www.asc67.org/index.html

The event was held in Sparks, Nevada this year — check out the website above for more details.

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unlvAccording to an article at bizjournals.com, the UNLV Construction Engineering and Management Program received a scholarship donation from Korte Co. Article text below:

Korte Co. said Thursday that it recently agreed to contribute $8,000 to the construction management program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) in the form of a scholarship fund.

The Construction Management Advisory Board Scholarship Fund will be used to encourage high school students to pursue degrees in construction management and construction management engineering, according to a release.

Korte Co., based in Highland, Ill., in Metro East, is a design-build and construction management firm. It’s one of the St. Louis area’s largest privately held companies, with 2006 revenue of $212 million.

boisestate_logo_2003.gifMany construction management programs across the nation are growing and one of the factors restricting the growth of the programs is finding qualified instructors for the coursework. The students of Boise State’s construction program decided to do something about this problem by donating some of the funds from their student Construction Management Association back to the university. Check out the article here and the excerpt below:

Members of the university’s Construction Management Association (CMA) recently presented a check to President Bob Kustra; the funds will go into an account to establish a new, permanent lecturer position in the Department of Construction Management in Boise State’s College of Engineering.

They could have thrown a party, bought club jackets and still had enough cash to charter a plane to the Bahamas. Instead, construction management students decided to give $20,000 in donations their association has received over the years back to the university.

“We recognize the need for new faculty in our growing department. I hope this donation shows that we care about the education of students who come after us,” senior construction management student and outgoing CMA president Joshua Martin said.

Kustra praised the students for establishing the habit of giving back so early in their careers.

“This group is setting a model for what student associations can accomplish,” Kustra said.

BSU student CMA donates $20,000 back to university

sm_student_comp_logo.JPGNow that the ASC Regional Student Competitions are coming to a close. The next step is for the regional winners to head to the national competition in San Antonio. The snippet below from the AGC Website provides an overview of the competition:

“The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) have joined forces to form the Annual ASC-AGC National Student Competition (NSC). The competition is held every spring with competing teams from seven regions comprised of 6 students and 1 coach each. Students from across the country first participate in their Regional Competition. Those that win their division at the region qualify for the National Competition.”

A list of past national winners can be found on the AGC Website here. Per the website, the winners n 2006 were:

Commercial Division
First Place: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Second Place: California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

Design-Build Division
First Place: Arizona State University
Second Place: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Third Place: Clemson University

Heavy Civil Division
First Place: University of Cincinnati
Second Place: Sacramento State University
Third Place: Oklahoma State University

The following post is taken from the ASC Website. Congratulations to all the construction students who participated in the event this year.

“Welcome to the ASC Region VI & VII Web Site
Your source of information for all ASC Region 6 & 7 member schools including local and regional events.

Congratulations to the Winning 2007 Student Competition Teams!

Region 6

1st

2nd

3rd

Commercial

Arizona State Univ.

Brigham Young Univ.

Colorado State

Residential

BYU, Idaho

Arizona State Univ.

Boise State

Design Build

Brigham Young Univ.

Boise State

USAF

 

Region 7

1st

2nd

3rd

Heavy Civil

Oregon State Univ.

Central Wash.Univ.

Univ. of Washington

Commercial

Univ. of Washington

Fresno State

Chico State

Residential

Univ. of Washington

Oregon State Univ.

Cal Poly., SLO

Design Build

Univ. of Washington

Chico State

Sacramento State

 

National

1st

2nd

3rd

Graduate

Colorado State

Univ. of Washington

Oregon State Univ.

Mechanical

Colorado State

Brigham Young Univ.

Oregon State Univ.

BIM

Brigham Young Univ.

Chico State

Arizona State Univ.

Marine

Cal Poly., SLO

Oregon State Univ.

Univ. of Washington

LEED

Brigham Young Univ.

Oregon State Univ.

Cal Poly., SLO”

asc.JPGThe ASC Student Competition for the Rocky Mountain and Far West Regions will be held this upcoming week starting with activities on Wednesday. I will be attending Thursday through Saturday and I hope to have time to provide coverage of the competition with a few postings. If you are unfamiliar with the ASC Student Competition, you can check out the schedule of activities at the ASC website.

BYU Judging by the comments submitted to this blog, most of the readers are construction management students (with one noted exception where a construction industry professional was looking for more information on opportunities in academia).

So in order to cater to the target audience for this blog, you will find information below from the BYU Website that lists several of the goals of their construction management program. This list can give students or potential students a better idea of the topics covered in a construction management program. I especially liked this list because it provides specific details for the activities, rather than just a course listing. So you get a goal like, “Have the knowledge and ability to schedule using Critical Path Method and computers” rather than “Scheduling 423”.

The list can be found below and at the following link to the BYU Website:

“To be able to accurately estimate construction projects with the use of computerized estimating systems.

Have the knowledge and ability to schedule using Critical Path Method and computers.

Have the ability to set up cost accounts and variance reports.

Have the knowledge and ability to manage the safety operations of a company.

To be knowledgeable of the major issues concerning contract law.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with carpenters.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with electricians.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with HVAC subcontractors.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with the concrete and masonry subcontractors.

Be able to read and interpret contract plans, specifications and documents.

Be capable of successfully working on a survey or layout crew.

To be able to communicate effectively with engineers concerning main engineering principles and practices.

To understand and apply the basic principles of real estate finance and development.

To have the student feel good enough about their education from the BYU Construction Management Program to advise a friend with similar interests to select CM as their major.

To have alumni that are satisfied with their decision to major in construction management.”