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In a 16-hour period beginning at 8:00 am on Sunday, February 8, the HH Team of six CMT students prepared a detailed bid proposal for a small highway project outside of Austin, Texas, near the Toyota Plant. The project consisted of two intersections and about one mile of highway. The highway was being widened to accommodate the heavy traffic in the area.
Required in the proposal were a detailed proposal, cost analysis, methods and procedures of construction, and the project schedule and phasing. The team was also required to address specific contract requirements and issues concerning public works projects, traffic control and lane closures, and crew sizes and productivity rates.
Bob Moore Construction sponsored the Student Design / Build Regional Competition this year. The project this year was a building for a development company located in Fort Worth, Texas. The storm water pollution prevention plan to protect an endangered fish was an issue. The other universities competing were Texas A&M University, Texas Tech, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and University of Oklahoma. OSU placed 1st in front of A&M and OU. The AGC of Oklahoma provided funding for travel expenses for the D/B team also, and this donation allowed us to compete in this category of competition.
Mortenson sponsored the Student Design / Build National Competition this year. At nationals the problem was given to each participating school and the problem was solved in a hotel room during a 16-hour period on Thursday including preliminary design, estimating, scheduling, project organization, and proposal preparation. All schools made their presentations on Friday. The project this year was a minor league baseball stadium located in Tucson, Arizona. The team faced the challenge of designing and building a new structure on an abandoned golf course in an older middle class neighborhood. A detailed explanation of the design and construction process was of prime importance. Also keeping from disrupting the neighborhood was an issue. The other universities competing were Brigham Young University, University of Washington, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, North Dakota State University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering. OSU did not place in the top three positions. The AGC of Oklahoma provided funding for travel expenses for the D/B team and this donation allowed us to compete in this category of competition.
This year's regional problem for the CM team consisted of preparing a competitive proposal to construct the Mabel Peters Caruth Office Center in Dallas, Texas. It was a CM at Risk proposal, and the six member student CM team had 16 hours to prepare a budget, proposed schedule, project management team, and value engineering proposals. The $16 million project proposal was to be written, assembled, and transmitted to the owner represented by Austin Commercial within the 16-hour time frame. The day following the 16-hour problem solving session, the team created and refined their presentation and traveled to Dallas. Presentations were made against teams from John Brown University, Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of Oklahoma. Charles Rich coached team members Scotty Brice, Brandon Bull, Greg Burns, Lisa Rich, Jeremy Spooner, and Tony Yanda. The team presented the problem in an excellent fashion and swept the best presenter awards with Brandon Bull receiving best presenter, Jeremy Spooner second best presenter, and Tony Yanda third best presenter. The team also placed first in the Region V competition and traveled to Orlando, FL to represent OSU at the national ASC/AGC competition.
The national competition was an excellent learning experience for the team and all did an outstanding job putting together proposals, estimates, schedules, and their oral presentation for a $24 million hospital renovation in Allentown, PA. Turner Construction Group presented a challenging project that required our team to use all of their expertise. All those at the competition were impressed with the work done by the Oklahoma State team, however the team came up just short of bring home some winning hardware. Better luck next year!
The AGC of Oklahoma provided funding for travel expenses for which we are especially grateful.
OSU sent their second homebuilders competition team to Las Vegas in January 2004. The competition took place during the week of the International Builders Show. The students submitted their applications, raised money for travel and expenses, researched the problem and requirements, and performed superbly. The NAHB competition consisted of a pre-designed residential development for which the students had to prepare an estimate, a schedule, value engineering proposals, management plan, construction site plan, marketing plan, and cash flow analysis. The development for this year's competition, which was sponsored by Centex Homes, was a 150-plus home development located in the Twin-Cities suburb of Blair, Minnesota. The problem was given to each team in early November with the written proposal being due on January 6, 2004. This required team members to give up part or all of their Christmas vacations in order to complete the problem and write the proposal. In the period between January 6 and January 19, the team prepared their oral presentation that was presented to the judges on January 20, 2004 in Las Vegas at the Convention Center.
The team placed 10th out of 24 teams competing. We consider this placement outstanding, and what is remarkable is that four of the six-team members will be back to add experience to the team next year. Many thanks must be given to the Stillwater Home Builders Association, the Oklahoma City Home Builders Association, the State of Oklahoma Home Builders Association, the Tulsa Home Builders Association, and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.