Construction management students win honors at competition

Western Carolina University students had an outstanding showing recently in an annual competition designed to simulate real-world construction projects.

Seventeen students from WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management participated in the Associated Schools of Construction’s Region 2 competition Oct. 25-26 in Peachtree City, Georgia, competing against students from eight southeastern states. WCU came away with best presentation honors and a second place overall award, both in the heavy civil construction category.

The Associated Schools of Construction is an international professional association of construction educators and industry practitioners working for the development and advancement of construction education. The organization sponsors the event in partnership with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia. The objective is for competing student teams to produce an estimate, create a schedule and have a proposal presentation for a project to be completed by industry sponsors in each division.

The WCU heavy civil construction team competed in the Associated Schools of Construction event.

The winning WCU heavy civil construction team members were Jason Basso, Casey Blake, Bill Earley, Joe Frederick, Tim Sylva and Sean Webb. Also, WCU’s Jesse Barrett received an award for participating on a winning “shadow team” in which students from different southeastern universities are brought together to compete against other multi-institution teams.

“I am very proud of the success and professionalism of our construction management students at WCU,” said George Ford, interim director of the Kimmel School. “The educational experiences our students receive by participating in this competition is invaluable.”

Jeff Ray, dean of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology echoed that statement, saying the challenges of working under time constraints in a competitive atmosphere, as well as the opportunity to meet peers from other institutions, made the event worthwhile.

Other WCU students participating in the commercial construction and shadow team categories were Josh Barret, Brice Cates, Cooper Ehart, Josh Gragg, Merrick Guggeis, Kyle Hatcher, Derek Huber, Ulises Nunez, Spencer Phillips and David York.

WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management has both undergraduate and graduate programs designed to provide students with broad knowledge of the construction industry and extensive training in business and management. For more information, call 828-227-2201.