Faculty members and students from Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science Program recently attended the Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) Region II Conference and Student Competitions held in Greensboro, N.C., from Oct. 28-30. The event was co-sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.
Ten students from the BCS Program and one student from MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering competed in the Commercial Building and Heavy/Civil divisions of the student competition.
The Commercial Building competition pitted eight regional teams against each other. MSU had a strong showing, but Virginia Tech and Clemson University won in the end. The competition – conducted by Holder Construction, a major commercial contracting corporation – required the teams to prepare a construction plan, estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, key issue analysis proposal and formal presentation to the clients. The students were sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents given to them at the start of competition. The proposed project was an 18-story office building with the first six stories being parking, constructed in Atlanta, Ga., with an estimated cost of $77 million.
The Heavy/Civil portion of the competition consisted of seven regional teams. MSU had another strong performance, but Auburn University and UNC Charlotte were at the top. The competition – conducted by Kiewit Construction, a major heavy/civil contracting corporation – required the teams to prepare a construction plan, hoisting plan, estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, traffic plan and formal presentation to the clients. The students were also sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents given to them at the start of competition. The proposed project was the replacement of a two-lane bridge and pedestrian walk in Hilton Head, N.C.
Students utilized all their training in construction, engineering, presentation and group projects to enable them to fulfill the requirements in the allotted time. The judges were representatives of the actual project and posed some difficult questions to the teams.
The Building Construction Science Program, the only one in the country that requires collaborative studio experience for both BCS and Architecture students, joined the College of Architecture, Art and Design in 2007 with its first graduating class in 2011.