CADC Student Team Places First in ASC International Design-Build Competition
In February this year, a joint team of students from CADC and Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK won first place in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 International Design-Build competition that was held in Dallas. “This is the second time that a joint team from CADC and BCU has participated in this competition,” said Professor Wes Collins. “The last time was in 2015 when it also won first place.”
Three students from CADC, Eric Lynn and John Shreve (BSCI) and Hannah Cornelius (Architecture), participated in the competition. BCU was represented by students Jack Tyson, Matt Roberts, and Liam Fitzpatrick. The group was coached by Professor Wes Collins and Professor Angela Kilby (BCU).
At the competition, students were tasked with completing a design-build proposal for a new 100,000 square foot apartment building to be located in the “West Campus” area of Austin, Texas, on a very compact site. The proposal included pricing, scheduling, and developing a construction management plan based on a schematic design developed by the team that was to meet a set of criteria provided by the judges from JE Dunn Construction.
According to Collins, it was a team effort which led to the students’ success. “The key to success was a substantial amount of focused preparation by the team ahead of the competition, fostered by Kilby and me. We also had input from industry and several other building science faculty members,” added Collins. Professors Paul Holley, Ben Farrow, Mike Hosey and Jeff Kim, Charlie Vick from BL Harbert (BSCI alumnus and current Industry Advisory Council member) and Stephen Franklin from Brasfield and Gorrie assisted the team with their preparation.”
In addition to the team win, Lynn (1st place) and Shreve (2nd place) won individual honors with best presenter awards in the Design-Build International category. They each won cash prizes for their accomplishments. Students from the Dublin Institute of Technology/University of Oklahoma, and Deakin University/University of Oklahoma finished second and third, respectively in the group competition.
The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service. The ASC Region 5 – South Central Region is comprised of the colleges and universities offering four-year and two-year construction management, science and technology degrees in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.