Student Team Takes 3rd at Construction Management Competition

A student team from the Washington State University construction management program took third place at the regional Associated School of Construction student competition, the largest construction management competition in the U.S.

It was the fourth year in a row that the commercial team from WSU has placed in the competition, which is held annually in early February in Sparks, Nevada. More than 1300 students from 44 universities and 17 states participate.

WSU’s team took third in the commercial category which consisted of 15 teams from schools in California, Oregon and Washington.  As part of the competition, students were required to develop a proposal for a real-life construction problem in less than 24 hours. The problem was provided by the industry sponsor, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Students used construction management skills, such as scheduling, estimating, site logistics, site safety and technical writing.  The following day team gave a formal presentation to the competition judges which was supplemented by a question and answer session.

WSU also had teams competing in the Design-Build and Heavy Civil categories.  The teams are predominantly construction management students, however there were two architecture and construction management double-majors participating on the Design-Build team.

The winning student team included Kyle York, Jordan Alcafaras, Kelsey Gardner, Matt Paonessa, Michael Ruether and Brad Neudorfer.

“This group of students came together like no other team I have worked with in the past,” said Jason Peschel, assistant professor in the School of Design and Construction and ASC club advisor.  “It’s difficult to clearly express how proud I am of their hard work and dedication.”


Jason Peschel, assistant professor and program coordinator, School of Design and Construction, (509) 335-2648,

Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, (509) 335-5095,,

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Back Row:  Jordan Alcafaras, Kyle York, Michael Ruether, Matt Paonessa, Chris Jones [alternate], Jason Peschel [coach] & Shawn O’Leary [Holland Construction – corporate sponsor]. Front Row:  Kate Wallen [alternate] & Kelsey Gardner [Not Pictured:  Brad Neudorfer].