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    Balfour Beatty Teammates Partner with the Associated Builders and Contractors to Judge National Construction Management Student Competition

    April 19, 2018

    AI5Z9685.jpgLONG BEACH, Calif. – Balfour Beatty teammates from Florida and Southern California recently joined construction management experts from across the industry to participate as judges for the Associated Builders and Contractors Association’s (ABC) National Construction Management Competition (CMC) held during the organization’s annual convention in Long Beach, Calif.
    The National CMC brings together the very best construction management students from across the nation for a three-day, on-site competition that is the culmination of six weeks of pre-competition work. The competition’s goal is to simulate a real construction industry request for proposal (RFP) and bidding experience. Over 170 construction management students, representing 16 universities from across the nation, participated in the competition.
    Prior to the on-site competition, each team was issued a RFP along with project plans and specifications based on an actual project. Teams were given two opportunities to submit pre-bid request for information (RFI) documents, and were tasked with preparing and submitting detailed technical and cost proposals for the project prior to the start of the on-site competition. Contestants prepared detailed estimates, general conditions, clarifications and assumptions, project management plans, staffing plans, schedules, and site logistics. Additionally, they prepared safety plans that included site-specific crane plans, abatement and demo plans, an activity hazard analyses, and quality control plans. Once on site, the teams were presented with a project addendum, and asked to prepare and submit a modified “step two” portion of both the technical and cost proposal, all while under a tight submission deadline of six hours. 
    UAI5Z9692.jpgpon completion of the “step two” phase of the competition, teams were narrowed down to a shortlist of six, which were then tasked with preparing, presenting and interviewing before the panel of judges within 12 hours of the shortlist posting. The presentation audience was open to student competitors and other industry professionals. First through third place winners were selected in the categories of estimating, project management, quality control and safety. Overall first through third place team awards were also presented.
    This year’s CMC featured Balfour Beatty’s Rogers Middle School and Lowell Elementary School modernization projects, which are currently under construction for Long Beach Unified School District (USD), as the subject of the RFP. Alan Reising, executive facilities director for Long Beach USD, who led the judging of the project award for the actual work on both projects, was in attendance. He provided student teams, faculty and other participants with first-hand insights from the project and K-12 market, as well as challenged the competitors with real-life questions during the question and answer portion of their presentations. “It’s important to give back to the future leaders of our industry,” stated Reising. “I’m honored to play a role in helping to prepare students for future work in the industry.”
    Preparation for the challenge and judging was led by Balfour Beatty’s Tommy MacCabe, preconstruction manager in Orlando, along with support from Balfour Beatty’s team in Southern California, including Gil Fullen, vice president; Jesse Schmidt, senior preconstruction manager; Tatiana Samuel, superintendent; Daniel Brown, project manager; and Chris Arduengo, project manager.

    Overall Team Results:
    • First Place: Florida International University
    • Second Place: Colorado State University
    • Third Place: Louisiana State University
    Project Management Results:
    • First Place: Florida International University
    • Second Place: University of Florida
    • Third Place: Colorado State University

    Quality Control Results:
    • First Place: Florida International University
    • Second Place: Ohio State University
    • Third Place: University of Central Florida

    Estimating Results:
    • First Place: Florida International University
    • Second Place: Colorado State University
    • Third Place: Montgomery College

    Safety Results:
    • First Place: Montgomery College
    • Second Place: Texas State University
    • Third Place: Purdue

    A full list of the 2018 CMC winners and photos are available at abc.org.