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Clarkson Construction Management Team Qualifies For National Competition Following Regional Win

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Clarkson University’s Construction Management Team took top-place finishes at the Associated Schools of Construction Region One Construction Management Competition held Saturday and Sunday in Fairfield, N.J. Competing against 12 other university teams, the Clarkson students finished in first place in the heavy/highway division and second place in the commercial building division.construction2003

As a regional winner, Clarkson’s Construction Management Team’s heavy/highway group received $2,000 and qualifies to participate in the national competition that will be held in Orlando next March. This is the second year in a row the team has received top-place finishes and qualified for national competition.

“The Clarkson students performed exceptionally, demonstrating an understanding of their projects and a willingness to find creative solutions and work within the guidelines issued,” said team adviser and Clarkson alumnus Randy Pray, a project manager for Murnane Building Contractors. “Both teams handled themselves with confidence and professionalism. The long hours and hard work they put into preparing for the competition were evident.”

The Construction Management Competition provides students with an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to realistic construction management situations. Students are given real-life projects submitted by industry, and must develop schedules and proposals for construction, submit estimates of costs and quantities, and give oral and written presentations to a panel of professionals from the construction management industry.

For the heavy/highway project, the students were asked to manage a bridge replacement over the New Croton Dam, the second largest hewn stone structure in the world and an American Society of Civil Engineers historic landmark. The team’s design task was to replace the bridge structure and deck without disturbing the water below.

The commercial building team’s project was to manage the construction of a class A office building and parking garage in metropolitan New Jersey, taking into account local traffic conditions, energy efficiency, and high-end finishes and other factors.

Members of the Clarkson Construction Management team include: Joshua Arnold ’05, Keeseville, N.Y.; Laura Blood ’06, Webster, N.Y.; Scott Butler ’04, Schenectady, N.Y.; Jill Cuppernell ’04, Three Mile Bay, N.Y.; Jennifer Christ ’04, Eden, N.Y.; Kathryn Cyr ’04, Gorham, Maine; Brian Dorman ’04, Pittsburg, N.H.; Stephanie Moomey ’05, Binghamton, N.Y.; Daniel Metch ’07, Bainbridge, N.Y.; Erin O’Driscoll ’04, Evans Mills, N.Y.; Elizabeth Schaefer ’06, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Jonathan Tardiff ’04, Berlin, N.H; and Erik Wagner ’04, Buffalo, N.Y.

Team advisers this year are Pray; Jim Francesconi of Murnane Building Contractors; and Spencer Thew, adjunct assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson.

Murnane Building Contractors has been a sponsor of the Clarkson team, providing financial and professional assistance since its inception six years ago. The team also receives support from the New York State Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and the Clarkson University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Construction Management Team is part of Clarkson University's SPEED (Students Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program, which promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. SPEED projects involve engineering design and analysis, fabrication, and the enhancement of professional competencies such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communication skills. The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter’s School of Engineering hallmark initiatives promoting the “Vision of a Clarkson Education” through experiential learning by hands-on application of academic theory to real-world problems.

SPEED receives its primary financial support from Alcoa, Corning, Eastman Kodak, the General Electric Fund, and Procter & Gamble. SPEED was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Members of Clarkson University’s Construction Management Team after winning a regional competition held last weekend in New Jersey. The team now qualifies for the national competition to be held in Orlando in March. Bottom Row (L to R):  Jonathan Tardiff ’04, Stephanie Moomey ’05, Brian Dorman ’04, Jennifer Christ ’04, and Elizabeth Schaefer ’06; Middle Row (L to R):  Joshua Arnold ’05, Kathryn Cyr ’04, and Erik Wagner ’04; Back Row (L to R):  Laura Blood ’06, Erin O'Driscoll ’04, Scott Butler ’04, Murnane Building Contractors Project Manager and Team Adviser Randy Pray ’01, and Daniel Metch ’07. Missing from photo: Jill Cuppernell ’04.

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