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Trifecta! Construction Management, Architecture Students Take Top Honors at Regional Competition

Three RWU teams capture awards at the Associated Schools of Construction Management Region 1 Student Competition in New Jersey

Three teams of six Roger Williams University students each competed in this year’s Associated Schools of Construction Management Region 1 Student Competition in Morristown, N.J., from Nov. 17 to 19 – and all three teams emerged victorious! The Commercial Building team grabbed top honors in its category; the Design Build team finished second in its competition; and the Heavy Highway team landed third place in its category.

All three competitions require students to complete an exhaustive two-day process. On the first day, students complete a preliminary design, prepare a project work plan, develop a site logistics plan, construct a schedule or estimate, establish home or field office organizational structures, and develop safety and quality control plans – all for a real-world project. The competitors are permitted only 16 hours in which to complete their proposal.

On Day 2, teams make an oral presentation to the judges. The judges (who represent major national construction and architect-engineering firms) act as the prospective owners while the student teams act as firms bidding or negotiating for the project. The subject projects are actual projects recently completed or currently under construction. Accordingly, the judges have intimate knowledge of the issues associated with these competition projects.

This year’s competition included 33 teams from institutions across the Northeast, all competing for the top three slots in each of the three categories.

“Our success is truly a team effort,” says Frederick Gould, professor of construction management. “Faculty serve as coaches, underclassmen serve as assistants, alumni volunteer as team mentors and industry professionals come to campus to provide guest lectures.”

In addition to Gould, School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management faculty members Anthony Branca, Gokhan Celik and Michael Emmer accompanied the teams as coaches and faculty advisors.

(Below) The Commercial Building team included six construction management students, pictured from left to right: Angela Tafone (standing behind check), Michael Riverso, Ryan Hammond, Eric Cabral, Thomas Gleason, and Ryan Jabs (Captain). Team coach Michael Emmer is standing to the left. 









(Below) The Design Build Team comprised two architecture students and four construction management students, from left to right: Keith Doucot, Chris Winkler, Douglas Lake (co-captain), Christopher Kelusak (co-captain), Evan Quick and Perry Cyr. They were coached by Dr. Celik, who is not pictured. 









(Below) The Heavy Highway Team included six construction management students, left to right: Bianca Cappiello, Jacob Robinson, Kaitlyn Annunziata (captain), Richard Vindici, Nicholas Bruck and Gunner Tuttle.  The Heavy Highway team was coached by Professor Branca, not shown.