CEAS Students Sweep ASC Construction Competitions

By:     Ashley Duvelius
Date:  October 26, 2017     

UC CEAS Construction Management, Civil Engineering, and Architectural Engineering students swept the ASC Region 3 Competitions, held in Chicago, IL from October 18-21, 2017. The all-female Heavy Civil team made UC & ASC history as the first all-women team to enter and win the competition. 
 

UC CEAS all-women Heavy Civil team places first at ASC Region 3 Competition.

UC CEAS all-women Heavy Civil team places first at ASC Region 3 Competition.


Five student teams from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Construction Management (CM), Civil Engineering (CVE), and Architectural Engineering (AE) Programs kicked off the Fall Semester by travelling to Chicago, IL to compete in four competitions at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Conference. During the weekend-long event, students competed in various tracks depending on their aptitude and individual interest, including: Commercial Construction, Heavy Civil Construction, Project Solutions, and Electrical.

UC’s participation in the event is coordinated by the Construction Student Association and its sister organization, the Construction Competition Club. At ASC, students were given problem statements in the morning and had eighteen hours to complete their written proposals. The following morning, teams presented their project.

This year marked the first event in which UC CEAS sent two teams to compete in the Heavy Civil Construction Competition, one team comprised of all male students and one team comprised of all female students. UC has won first place in this competition every year for the past five years running. And this year, the CEAS all-women Heavy Civil team won first place—making both UC and ASC history! The all-men team won second place—a UC sweep!

The Heavy Civil all-women team included: Kearstin O’Mara (Captain), Kitty DiFalco, Morgan Daughterty, Taylor Bonifant, Jesi Hosmer, and Brianna Karelin. The Heavy Civil all-men team included: Charles Bowman (Captain), Warrner Travis (Captain), Joe Kaufman, Sheamus Togher, Michael Hrovat, and Ben Bruns.

Kearstin O’Mara reflects on her all-female team’s victory, “Our team spent several weeks prior to the ASC competition researching, discussing individual responsibilities and preparing for whatever we could. We went into the competition with a ‘we are already winners no matter what’ attitude (being the first all women team to enter the competition). But being able to take home first place really showed that we should have never underestimated our abilities and we felt this could really be a moment women in the construction industry can look back on and say to themselves: ‘This career is for women, too’.”
 

UC CEAS all-men Heavy Civil team places second at ASC Region 3 Competition.

UC CEAS all-men Heavy Civil team places second at ASC Region 3 Competition.


CEAS placed second in the Project Solutions Competition. The team included: Nate Holbert (Captain), Andrew Hall, Brandon Hicks, Sydney King, Mike Wise, and Christopher Mueller. Mike Wise also won an award (a sledgehammer) for exhibiting leadership and teamwork during the team’s presentation. 
 

CEAS Project Solutions team takes second place at ASC Region 3 Competition.

CEAS Project Solutions team takes second place at ASC Region 3 Competition.


For the third consecutive year, CEAS placed in both the Commercial Construction and Electrical Competitions. The Commercial Construction team placed third and included members: Richie Markwell (Captain), Elliott Ice, Sam Fintel, Michael Salzler, Matt Hudak, and Blake Brower. The Electrical Competition team also placed third and included members: Noah Berg (Captain), Nicholas Smith, Jake Yavorsky, Kody Snyder, Conner Mesker, and Daniel Holstein.
 

CEAS Commercial Construction team places third at ASC Region 3 Competition.

CEAS Commercial Construction team places third at ASC Region 3 Competition.

UC CEAS Electrical team takes third at ASC.

UC CEAS Electrical team takes third at ASC.


This fall, the ASC also launched a new workshop event entirely for sophomore students, which was sponsored by Kiewit Construction and the National Electrical Contractors’ Association. CEAS had three sophomores participate in this “Sophomore Summit” event; Craig Lair, Drew Ratterman, and Phillip Stoll. 
 

CEAS CAECM Sophomore students participate in the inaugural ASC Sophomore Summit event.

CEAS CAECM Sophomore students participate in the inaugural ASC Sophomore Summit event.


Professor Amanda Albrecht, JD and CAECM Assistant Professor, advised both Heavy Civil teams and the Commercial Construction team. Professor Jason Mack, MS and CAECM Assistant Professor, served as advisor for the Electrical team and Professor Abhijeet Deshpande, PhD and CAECM Assistant Professor, advised the Project Solutions team.

Professor Albrecht believes that winning the competition shows the strength of UC’s Construction Management program and gives students the chance to showcase their skills to potential future employers. She explains, “I attribute much of our strong performance in these competitions to the strength of our co-op program.  These competitions are designed to simulate ‘real-life’ situations, which many of our students have already lived through, to some degree, in their co-op experiences.”