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04-26-2001

Construction Management Team Places Third In Regional Competition

A team of 12 Clarkson University students finished third overall at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Construction Management Competition in Matamoras, Pa. It is the third top-three finish for Clarkson following a second-place finish in 2000 and a first-place finish in 1999.

Students were entered in Commercial Building and Heavy/Highway Construction Management Competitions. 

“Our strong finishes show that Clarkson students are well-balanced and possess strong problem-solving and inter-personal skills,” said team adviser Randall D. Pray ’01 of Keeseville, N.Y., who majors in civil and environmental engineering.

The Construction Management Competition is designed to provide students an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a realistic construction management situation.  Ten other schools were represented at the competition, including Old Dominion University, Temple University and the University of Maine. 

Students are asked to present a construction management plan that covers all aspects of construction from design to occupancy.  Knowledge of scheduling, estimating, design, administration and current industry trends is essential. 

Teams present both an oral and written presentation to a panel of judges from industry leaders.  Judges for the 2001 competition represented the Perini Corporation and the Sordoni Skanska Construction Company.

Members of the Clarkson team –all civil and environmental engineering students-- included Jared A. Ferber ’03, Edison, N.J.; Rachael S. Kaschak ’01, Cropseyville, N.Y.; Anthony P. Leerkes ’01, Gansevoort, N.Y.; co-captain Scott P. Levasseur ‘01, Farmington, Maine; Donald L. Lomanto ‘01, Gloversville, N.Y.; Jarett A. Lowman ‘02, Barkhamstead, Conn.; Angela C. Parker ‘01, Ardmore, Pa.; Christopher R. Parsell ‘02, Rochester, N.H.; Jason E. Pledger ‘01, Hammond, N.Y.; co-captain Weston C. Ruthven ’01, Penn Yan, N.Y.; Chad D. Scofield ’01 (Adams Center, N.Y.); and Gregory S. Wichser ’01, South Glens Falls, N.Y. 

The team was advised by Pray; Spencer F. Thew of South Colton, N.Y., adjunct assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Thomas P. Seager of Potsdam, a graduate student.

The Construction Management Team is supported by Clarkson University’s SPEED Program (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design), which promotes project-based learning opportunities through 14 project activities, including the FIRST Robotics, Formula SAE, Mini-Baja, Solar Car and Environmental Remediation teams. SPEED is supported by grants from Alcoa Inc., Corning Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., and General Electric.

The team also received support from the New York State Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Clarkson University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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