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Sac State Students Build Winning Spirit

Posted On : February 23rd, 2010

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Sacramento State Construction Management students set a new record for the University bringing home five trophies including three first-place honors in the 2010 Associated Schools of Construction Regions 7 and Open Problems (National) competition in Sparks, Nevada, February 10-13.

Sacramento State competed in four regional divisions and three open problem national divisions. The teams place first in the Commercial Division, Mechanical Division and Electrical Division (the Mechanical and Electrical wins were national-level) and second in the Multi-Family Division and Design Build Division.

Additionally, the Heavy Civil team submitted a bid package placing them “closest to the pin,” which meant their total estimate for their project was closest to the actual project bid.

“The students and coaches put in four months of intense preparation for this event, and their commitment took their teams to this level of competition,” says Professor Mikael Anderson, Construction Management Program coordinator and faculty coach of the Heavy Civil team.

Construction Management is a department within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students learn how to bring all the pieces together – labor, materials, equipment, time and money – necessary to build roads, bridges, buildings and industrial facilities.

“The amount of experience students receive during the competition is inconceivable, and the knowledge gained will stay with them and shape their soon-to-be successful careers in this industry,” Anderson says.

With only 200 students, Sacramento State has one of the smaller Construction Management programs in the nation. It competed against some of the top universities in the country including USC, Arizona State, University of Washington, Washington State, UC Berkeley, Brigham Young, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida. Fifty-eight Sacramento State students formed Sacramento State’s teams.

"Professor Anderson's leadership has continued to guide our programs in the right direction, and these victories are just another validation that our faculty and students are, in fact, the best in the country," say Emir Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The teams were sponsored by the Sacramento Construction Management Education Foundation and coached by project engineers, managers, and superintendents from the construction industry and by faculty in the Construction Management Program. The funds to support students at the competition are raised each year by SCMEF including donations from construction companies. Funding for the Electrical and Mechanical teams was provided in-part by the National Electrical Contractors Association and the Northern California Mechanical Contractors Association.

For more information about the competition, contact the Construction Management Program at (916) 278-6616. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Sacramento State is making a difference in California’s Capital Region and beyond. We offer a life-changing opportunity for our 28,000 students, preparing them to be leaders in their professions and communities. Our professors are known for their dedication to great teaching. And our location in the capital of the nation’s most populous state allows students to pursue unique internships and research. 30-S10-MW

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