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Construction Students Compete at ASC Conference

l-r: Jones, McAlmond, Sowder, Edwards, Parrett and Leiter

EKU Construction fielded a team of six students and one faculty advisor at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Conference in Downers Grove, Ill., October 12-15, 2016. As one of the member schools in ASC Region 3, the team competed with ten other universities including Ohio State, Cal Poly, Ball State and Eastern Michigan in the ASC Pre-Construction Competition.

This year's estimating team included sophomore Bethany Edwards (Georgetown), juniors Clayton McAlmond (Paris, Ky.) and Vivian Sowder (Covington), and seniors James Jones (Greensburg), Christopher Leiter (Durham, N.C.), and Jason Parrett (Cedarville, Oh.).

Teams are given a pre-problem statement and information package and one day to prepare their project proposal for preconstruction and construction services to be presented to the judging panel. The teams are then graded on their written proposal and 30-minute presentation.

Dr. Charlie Zhang, Assistant Professor of Construction Management, advises the team: "This competition provides CM students a great opportunity to broaden their view, gain experience, and share their knowledge with others. I am very pleased with our team's level of professionalism and the display of what they learned in the classroom throughout their presentation."

In addition to the intense project proposal presentation day, students also had the opportunity to network at the career fair. More than 20 nationally-recognized contractors like Walsh Construction, Pepper Construction, and Kiewit, were on hand to receive resumes and interview during the conference. Zhang continues, "We attend this competition every year, and each year we have at least two students get an offer from the career fair."

It wasn't all work. The team enjoyed an evening in Downtown Chicago for fun and a taste of traditional stuffed Chicago Pizza.

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The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) is the professional association of construction educators and industry practitioners working together for the development and advancement of construction education. The ASC Annual International Conferences provide opportunities for faculty members from Construction Management programs and industry practitioners to join together to discuss up-to-date curricula, best teaching practices, current management models in the construction industry, present research findings, to learn from each other, and to hear from industry and related professionals. 

Published on October 25, 2016

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