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Competition Teams

Overview

Students from the Construction Management program have the opportunity to participate in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6|7 Student Competition (Commercial, Virtual Design & Construction, Design Build, and Heavy Civil), the Northwest Construction Consumer Council Student Bid Competition, the National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Student Competition, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Competition.  All of these competitions are centered on real-world issues similar to what they would experience as industry professionals.  This enables students to work together in disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams and showcase what they have learned on a regional and/or national stage.  Over the years, these interdisciplinary teams have consisted of students from Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Interior Design, Construction Engineering, and Landscape Architecture. 

The WSU Construction Management program has a proven history of success at these student competitions, including:

  • 27 placings over 26 years at the ASC student competition,
  • 2 wins over 15 years at the NWCCC student competition, and
  • 3 placings over 11 years at the DBIA student competition.
Scholarly associate professor, program head and coach, Jason Peschel, with student commercial team including Brady Swanson, Tanner Olson, Ryan Quick, Jenny Schneider, Rebecca Nelson, and Samuel Stargell at the 2019 ASC Student Competition. Students used scheduling, estimating, site logistics, site safety, and technical writing to develop a proposal for a real‑life construction problem.

Competitions

ASC Student Competition

Annually, students from the Construction Management program compete at the Associated Schools of Construction’s Region 6 & 7 competition held in Sparks, Nevada.  This is one of the largest construction management student competitions in the nation.  Annually, there are over 1,100 students competing on approximately 173 different teams from 43 universities in 17 different categories over a two-day period.  Each year teams represent WSU in the Commercial, Design-Build, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), and Heavy-Civil divisions. 

Depending upon student interest, WSU Construction Management students have also participated in the Mechanical and Preconstruction Services division.  The competition provides an opportunity for further collaboration as the teams often include double-majors (Construction Management + Architecture) or students from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction engineering, and civil engineering.  The students and coaches put a considerable amount of effort into the team’s success.  This effort is clearly exhibited in the fact that at least one team from WSU Construction Management has placed in the competition for all but one of the last 13 years. 

DBIA Student Competition

This national competition sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America is in its third year of existence.  The competition is intended to allow students to apply design-build best practices to successfully propose on a project. 

The competition includes the two-step process of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage is open to everyone, but serves to shortlist the entrants from each region.  During the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase the ten regional winners develop their delivery solution to design and construct a particular project.  The top teams are invited to present their proposal before an expert panel at the Design-Build Conference and Expo.  Teams from WSU competed in the first two years, taking 1st place in 2012 and 2018.

MCA Student Competition

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America has sponsored a student competition within their annual convention every year for the last thirteen years.  The project focuses on the different plumbing and HVAC aspects of the mechanical sector of commercial and industrial construction.  The 2014 project was based on a real-world project that involved the partial retrofit of a food processing plant outside of Chicago, Illinois.  WSU students who are involved with the MCA student group have the opportunity to compete in this national competition.

NWCCC Student Competition

The Northwest Construction Consumers Council host a student completion for the Commercial teams in preparation of the ASC Student Competition on an annual basis.  The schools invited to participate in this friendly, regional competition include the Construction Management programs from Washington State University, University of Washington, Central Washington and Oregon State University.

Assistant professor and coach, Anne Anderson, with WEBCOR Builders Virtual Design & Construction student team, Sam Rykken, Martin Rogstad, Casey Angeline, Riley O’Keeffe, Sam Flor, and Austin Bartleson, at the 2017 ASC Student Competition. Students were given several real-world building problems for which they developed and presented software-based solutions in less than a day.

Honors Earned

ASC Region 6|7 Student Competition – Commercial Category

  • 1st Place:  2021, 2014, 2013, 1995
  • 2rd place:  2019, 2016, 2012, 2009, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999
  • 3rd place:  2020, 2017, 2015
  • Closest to the Pin Award:  2002

ASC 6|7 Student Competition – Design Build Category

  • 1st Place:  2011
  • 2rd place:  2017
  • 3rd place:  2013, 2012, 2009

ASC Region 6|7 Student Competition – Heavy Civil Category

  • 2rd place:  2010

ASC Region 6|7 Student Competition – Residential/Mixed Use Category

  • 2rd place:  2002 & 2001

ASC Open Student Competition – Virtual Design & Construction Category

  • 1st Place:  2019
  • 2rd place:  2017
  • 3rd place:  2020

Northwest Construction Consumer Council Student Bid Competition

  • 1st Place:  2020 & 2017

National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Student Competition

  • 1st Place:  2012 & 2017
  • 2nd Place: 2016

NW Regional AGC Student Chapter Competition

  • 1st Place:  Survey Competition 2000 & 1992
  • 1st Place:  Materials Identification 1995
  • 2nd Place:  Estimating Competition 1995
  • 3rd Place:  Chapter Presentation & Essay Competition 1989
Associate professor and coach, David Gunderson, with design-build student team, Ryan McQuarrie, Jaime Stidhams, Joseph Chung, Nicholaus Smith, Jacob Wilcox, and David Chun, at the 2017 ASC Student Competition. For the competition, the students developed and presented a schematic design, estimate, schedule and evaluation for a project’s management.

Competition Teams in the News

Associated Schools of Construction Region 6|7 + Open Student Competition

Design Build Institute of America

Northwest Construction Consumer Council Student Bid Competition