CWU Construction Management Students Again Take Top Regional Honors

Published: Feb. 28, 2012

Central Washington University construction management students again earned high honors at this year’s Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) 2012 Region 6 and 7 Student Competition. The 25th annual event was held this month in Sparks, Nevada and more than 1,300 students were present for the competition.

Region 7 competitors from Washington, California, Hawaii, and Oregon participated in the event, which evaluated student knowledge and skills in areas involving estimating, project management, safety, logistics, and oral presentation. CWU placed first in the Heavy Civil construction category.

“The Heavy Civil competition is a unique ‘real world’ look at what heavy civil students will be experiencing in their future careers as civil construction managers,” said CWU construction management professor Warren Plugge, the Heavy Civil team’s coach. “Taking first place in the Heavy Civil category this year shows that Central’s students can compete with the larger schools with hard work and dedication.”

CWU’s Heavy Civil team included Elliot Brasch, from Boise, Idaho; Ryan Cearley, Tumwater; Jonathan Foss, Covington; Scott Martin, San Diego, California; Reese Thompson, Arlington; and team captain Kaitlyn Jones, Renton. Grant Maskal, Ellensburg, served as alternate; and Reyna Perez, Walla Walla, served as second alternate.

Another Central team came in third in the Mixed-Use project category. It was coached by professor Dave Carns, CWU construction management professor.

“The students work extremely hard on practice projects, beginning in October, to prepare for the competition,” Carns said. “It certainly gives them a great deal of pride when they are able to successfully compete against some of the big-name schools from Washington, Oregon, and California.”

Carns’s team was comprised of Lester C. Brown III, Lake Stevens; Niklas Carlstrom, University Place; Tyler Eldred, Tumwater; Colton Novinger, Portland, Oregon; Matthew Woodard, Mount Vernon; and team captain Caleb Boston, Sedro Woolley. Ryan Kemp, Snohomish, was the alternate.

Central received $1,500 for the first place finish and an additional $500 for the third place finish. Those funds will support the CWU construction management program and the university teams that will compete in next year’s event.

In addition, because of the first place award, the Beavers Charitable Trust will donate $12,500 to establishing a construction management scholarship at CWU. The Beavers is a heavy engineering construction association, with headquarters in Los Gatos, California.

ASC is an international association representing academic and industry professionals interested in advancing construction education. It’s organized into seven regions in the United States and two international regions, one for international institutions and one for industry professionals. Leading companies sponsor the annual student competition and provide the winning cash awards.


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