On February 15-16, 2013, the Construction Management UC Bearcat Team participated and placed first in the Ohio Constructors Association (OCA) Student Estimating Competition. The two-day competition was held at the Hilton Easton in Columbus, OH and UC was one of eight renowned collegiate construction management and civil engineering programs competing including Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, Cleveland State, Dayton, Toledo, Ohio Northern, and Ohio University. The UC CEAS Bearcats took home the top prize of $2000. This is the first time in 12 years that UC has earned 1st place at the OCA Competition!
The Construction Management UC Bearcat Team included Robert Lichter, Elliott Petrie (who’s returning to the competition for the second year), Michael Saylor, Molly Schellenberg, Jacob Seim and Luke Wurzelbacher (who’s returning for his fourth year). Daniel Frondorf, Certified Professional Estimator and CEAS adjunct assistant professor, served as the team’s advisor. The team also received guidance from their industry advisor, Kate Holden of the John R. Jurgensen Company, and from Hazem M. Elzarka, PhD and CEAS professor.
Construction management and civil engineering teams participating in the competition were tasked with performing a cost estimate on approximately a dozen bid items. Teams were provided with certain parameters and were thrown various “curve balls” throughout the day on Friday, with the bids being due by 5 pm. The Bearcats’ calculations came to a final bid price of about 5.9 million dollars. They came closest to the actual estimate as the project occurred in real life in 2009, and the winning bid for the job was about 5.7 million dollars.
The bids were opened and the lowest bidders were allowed to choose their times for their formal presentations on Saturday. During presentations, a panel of 6 judges, who are all industry professionals, evaluated the teams’ bid preparation techniques, their handling of the “curve balls,” their understanding of the scope of the work and their oral presentation skills. Teams were to present as if they were presenting the job to the upper management team of a construction company.