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Zachry Construction was the sponsor for the heavy/civil project, which was construction of an underpass for US 75 at Churchill Way in Dallas County, TX. The heavy/civil competition differs from the other two ASC/AGC student competitions in that all work solving the problem is done at one location for all teams. This meant that the H/C team traveled to Dallas on Saturday afternoon and started their 16-hour problem solving session at 6:00 am the next morning, with a bid letting held at 10:30 pm that evening. The competition is based upon the team's ability to determine means and methods, interpretation and understanding of unit price specifications, determine equipment spread, develop crew sizes and production rates, develop durations, develop unit costs, distribute general requirement costs, and produce a final unit price for several line items in the unit price bid, along with a total bid price for all items after extensions.
Other required items included preparation of the schedule, preparation of the bid envelope and bid form, answers to questions concerning specifications, and take-off and pricing procedures. On Monday, the team made their presentation to the judges, as if the judges were higher management, as an internal bid review. Teams from Louisiana Tech University, Texas Tech University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Texas A&M, and the University of Oklahoma participated in the competition. Jess Coonrod was named Best Presenter for the Heavy/Civil Competition. OSU was the first place winner edging Texas A&M, and third place went to Louisiana Tech. By winning first place, OSU will represent Region V of the Associated Schools of Construction at the National Student Competition held in Las Vegas (in conjunction with the AGC National Convention) March 13 – 16, 2005.
This year's problem for the CM Team consisted of preparing a competitive CM At Risk Proposal to construct a new Health Science Center for University of North Texas in Fort Worth, TX. The six-member student team was given 16-hours to solve the problem which included assembling a project management team, preparing a budget and a proposed schedule, and formulating various value engineering proposals.
The team began at 8:00 am on Saturday, and the $22 million proposal was written, assembled and transmitted electronically to the owner before midnight. The following day, the team printed the submittal copies of the proposal, created and refined its oral presentation and traveled to Dallas; the presentations were held on Monday at the offices of QUOIN Chapter, AGC. Awards were presented at the competition banquet, held at the Gaylord Hotel, and the CM team placed 2nd to Texas A&M University and ahead of the University of Oklahoma. Other teams represented John Brown University, Texas Tech University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Oklahoma State University – Okmulgee. Steve Rupert was honored as 2nd Best Presenter in the CM Competition, which was sponsored by Austin Commercial of Dallas.
Bob Moore Construction Company of Dallas sponsored the Student Design / Build Competition this year. As in previous years, the problem was sent to each participating school and the problem was solved at the school during a 16-hour period on Saturday including preliminary design, estimating, scheduling, project organization, and proposal preparation. On Sunday the team traveled to Dallas, and all schools made their presentations on Monday. The project this year was a one-story office in Arlington, Texas. The team faced the challenge of designing and building a new structure to house a board of realtors along with some shell space for future tenants. Safety issues were of prime importance, as the site was adjacent to a church and a highway. Team members were Drew Parli and David Brown from OSU School of Architecture who shouldered the design responsibility. CMT's Ryan Stafford, Zac McGrath, Angela Suarez, and Dexter Opela provided the estimating, scheduling, project management, and project organization for the problem. The team was coached by Mark Pruitt, his 10th year as a competition team coach. Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and University of Oklahoma provided competition. OSU placed 2nd behind TAMU once again coming in ahead of OU. Drew Parli placed 3rd in the individual presenter competition.