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11-08-2016

Clarkson University Students Place First in Construction Competition

Clarkson University's Construction Engineering Management (CEM) Pre-Construction Competition Team placed first, beating out seven other teams in this new category of the 27th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 1 event in Albany, N.Y., late last month.

Left to right: Jay Quackenbush, senior program manager, Shawmut; students Victoria Peterson, Emily Sexton, Lucian Greco, Mandee Andolina, Eric Kasper, and Jacob Sardina; and Kyle Lloyd, project executive, Shawmut.The ASC Region 1 competition challenges construction students from across the northeastern United States to a pressure cooker of scheduling, estimating, constructability analysis and knowledge of the construction industry.

Teams compete in the categories heavy civil, commercial construction, design build, and pre-construction services.

Students are given an IFB (invitation for bid) or an RFP (request for proposal) at 8 a.m. on Friday and are required to produce a full construction bid or proposal by 10 to 11 p.m., that evening. The following day, they must explain their efforts in an oral presentation. Each category is sponsored by a firm in the construction industry, which also doubles as the judging panel for the student teams.

This year, Clarkson sent two teams: one in heavy civil and one in pre-construction.

The Pre-Construction Team members were civil engineering seniors Mandee Andolina of Norwood, N.Y., Eric Kasper of Hillsdale, N.J., Victoria Peterson of Stormville, N.Y., Jacob Sardina of Fort Plain, N.Y., and Emily Sexton of Tupper Lake, N.Y., led by civil engineering senior Lucian Greco of Allegany, N.Y.

They took on the challenge of planning for the construction of a new K-12 school addition, fit in between two other facilities. They were required to produce logistics plans, develop detailed activity schedules, and put a conceptual price estimate together.

At the end of the awards banquet, Regional Director Michael Emmer of Roger Williams University came to the Clarkson table and specifically cited how much the judges said the Clarkson team stood out, saying, "Congrats! You all did a great job!"

The Pre-Construction Services competition category is sponsored by Shawmut Design and Construction and provides a cash prize of $2,000 for the winning school.

Clarkson also competed in the heavy civil category and while they didn't place, they performed in the top half, rounding out the superb results of the student's hard work in Albany the weekend before Halloween.

The Heavy Civil Team members were civil engineering seniors Charles Davidson Kirkville, N.Y., Chelsea Koster of Lowville, N.Y., Ryan Moore of Oxford, N.Y., Justin Gibson of Pleasanton, Calif., and engineering & management senior John Vanderminden of Bedford, N.H.

The Pre-Construction Team will now consider competing on the national stage at the Region 6 & 7 Open Problem Completion in Sparks, Nev., in February.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University's Construction Engineering Management Pre-Construction Competition Team placed first, beating out seven other teams in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 event. Above, Shawmut Design and Construction presents the team with its prize. Left to right: Jay Quackenbush, senior program manager, Shawmut; students Victoria Peterson, Emily Sexton, Lucian Greco, Mandee Andolina, Eric Kasper, and Jacob Sardina; and Kyle Lloyd, project executive, Shawmut.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/asc-cem-2016.jpg.]

[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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