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Austin Bridge & Road was the sponsor for the heavy/highway project, which was the construction of an overpass in the DFW area. The heavy/highway competition differs from the other two ASC/AGC student competitions in that all work solving the problem is to be simultaneously performed at one location by 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 sizing 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 items required 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 Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Texas A & M University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma participated in the competition.
OSU team members Luke Klein and Matt Allen placed in a three-way tie for Second Best Presenter. OSU was the first place winner over Texas A & M with OU placing third. By winning first place, OSU was given the opportunity to represent Region V of the Associated Schools of Construction at the National Student Competition held in Dallas on April 7-10, 2006. The team placed 3rd in the National competition.
Sole support for the Heavy/Highway Competition Team was provided by the Association of Oklahoma Contractors. Without their support, fielding a team would not have been possible.
OSU Construction Management Students participated in the International Home Builders Show sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders in January 2006. The NAHB Residential Construction Competition is one of the highlights at the annual International Builders' Show. It gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve construction-related problems. This year students worked on a management proposal for a real Centex Homes Condo project by completing an estimate, schedule, cash flow forecast and other essential elements. The proposal was then submitted to a group of construction company executives who were the judges. Students experienced a true-to-life residential building business environment and gained valuable insight to their future careers. OSU placed in the top 10% of teams from across the nation in the oral presentation category. The students did so well that they were immediately besieged by homebuilders asking for resumes and interviews! Even though we did not bring home a trophy this year, our returning students are busy recruiting and preparing for next year's competition.