The new academic year means new opportunities for Ohio State’s Construction Systems Management Students to compete against their peers across the country. Ohio State students have formed teams to participate in two distinct construction management competitions, both in the realm of healthcare construction. One team is competing in the ABC Construction Management Competition, while the other is competing in the ASC Great Lakes Competition
In the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) competition, the OSU team will travel to Las Vegas in early November to defend their 2012 national championship. They received their competition construction documents last Friday, and they are already hard at work studying the drawings and specifications, preparing for their first round of RFI’s. This year’s project is a Medical Office Building located in Orlando, Florida. The competition is held in three phases. The first is a proposal comprised of a project management plan, estimate, schedule, safety plan, and other elements. The second phase is a simulated bid day event where all the teams will adjust their proposal based on significant project changes and addenda. The judges will then choose a number of schools to short list, with the remaining teams completing a presentation and Q&A session as the final phase. Afterwards, judges will choose winning teams in several categories and choose an overall champion. The team will be led by OSU faculty Mac Ware (@WMacWare) and alum Alex Belkofer, and boasts one returning member of the national championship team and several bright and enthusiastic new competitors.
The second competition is one in which Ohio State is participating for the first time, although the team itself has several veterans of past years’ ABC teams. The Associated Schools of Construction Great Lakes Region Healthcare Competition has both key similarities and key differences with the ABC format. The team will submit a proposal containing many of the same elements and present to a panel of judges, but in this case will have only one day to prepare their proposals. Each team will receive construction documents at 7:00 AM and turn in 5 copies of a completed proposal by 10:00 PM of the same night. The ASC event has several classes of competitions, such as Commercial, Preconstruction, Healthcare, etc., all held at the same event in Chicago in mid-October. The ASC team will be led by OSU faculty Jeff Suchy and Dr. Victoria Chen.
Both teams are eager to represent their programs, Ohio State, and themselves and hope to again place among the best and brightest construction management students in the nation!
Spring 2013 National Championship Team – ABC Competition (Birmingham, Alabama)