A team of UTC Construction Management Competition Team students bested teams from Virginia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, and University of Florida in the “Site Logistics” portion of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Region II (Southeast Region) Student Competition in Peachtree City, Georgia. The competition was held in November 2013.
Students were given a project to complete and then they presented a report. In addition to the “Site Logistics” victory, the UTC Construction Management Competition Team also scored the highest of all competing schools in Construction Management Fee, General Conditions Explanation, Professionalism, Time Management, and Price Proposal.
“This is our second year participating in this competition… and our team has improved its previous year score by more than 50 per cent in every area it has been ranked,” said Dr. Neslihan Alp, UC Foundation Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Department Head of Engineering Management and Technology.
Students who competed on the UTC Construction Management Competition Team included:
- Paul Brakebill, senior in Construction Management
- Christopher Coffey, senior in Construction Management
- Calvin Cofield, 2+2 student from Chattanooga State
- Lance Geren, junior in Construction Management
- Ethan Prow, sophomore in Construction Management
- Michael Slowey, then a senior in Construction Management
Students from UTC who competed in the Shadow Students Competition included:
- Charles Rhodey, Senior in Engineering Management
- Travron Taylor, Junior in Civil Engineering and minor in Construction Management
“We are really proud of our students for their accomplishments!” Alp exclaimed. “The faculty advisor, Mr. Skip Smith, began teaching as a Lecturer in our Engineering Management & Technology Department in January 2013 and worked really hard to prepare the student team.”
Dr. Aldo McLean, and Dr. Endong Wang also helped prepare the students.
Additional individual and organizations supported this competition by mentoring or with financial support for the UTC Construction Student Team. They include:
- Roger Tuder, President and CEO at the AGC of East Tennessee
- Paul Baggett, Senior Estimator at the DBS Corporation and Adjunct Faculty at UTC
- Arch Willingham, Vice President at TU Parks Construction Company and Adjunct Faculty at UTC
- Heather Adcox, Adjunct Faculty at UTC
- John Straussberger, President at The Strauss Company, Inc.
- Kate Gilbert, Vice President at The Strauss Company, Inc.