Washington State University student teams took top prizes, including two second places and a third place, in the recent Associated Schools of Construction competition, the largest construction management competition in the U.S.

More than 1,300 students from 45 universities and 16 states participated in the competition, which was held in Reno, Nevada. The competition requires that students solve complex problems in less than 24 hours, present proposals, and participate in a rigorous question and answer session in a business-like setting. WSU construction management and architecture students participated.

A WSU group, coached by Professor Anne Anderson, took second place in the virtual design and construction category. As part of the competition, sponsored by Webcor Builders, the students were given several real-world building problems for which they developed and presented software-based solutions in less than a day. The student team included Sam Rykken, Martin Rogstad, Casey Angeline, Riley O’Keeffe, Sam Flor, and Austin Bartleson.

Second-place winning team in the virtual design and construction category group photo with their trophies

Another student team took second place in the design-build category, sponsored by Swinerton Incorporated. For the competition, the students developed and presented a schematic design, estimate, schedule and evaluation for a project’s management. Coached by Professor David Gunderson and sponsored by Howard S. Wright, the student team included Ryan McQuarrie, Jaime Stidhams, Joseph Chung, Nicholaus Smith, Jacob Wilcox, and David Chun with alternate Daniel Bennett.

The second-place winning team in the design-build category group photo with their trophy

WSU’s commercial team, meanwhile, placed third in that category. Coached by Professor Jason Peschel and sponsored by Holland Construction, the student team used construction management skills such as scheduling, estimating, site logistics, site safety, and technical writing to develop a proposal for a real-life construction problem. The category sponsor was Hensel Phelps Construction Co. The students included Brady Swanson, Compton Gentry, Steven Bradshaw, Trevor Leger, Marcus Konopaski, and Marie Landsverk with alternates Jacob Villars and Jack Sanogo.

Group photo of WSU's commercial team, placed third in the design-build category with their trophies

“We are incredibly proud of all of the teams and continue to be impressed with the amount of work they put into preparing for this event,” said Peschel. “Having been involved with this competition for many years, I know that placing in any category is difficult, but having three teams from WSU place is historic.”

Several industry partners, including GLY, Exxel Pacific, Howard S. Wright, Mortenson, Turner, Absher, Granite, and the Northwest Construction Consumer Council, provided financial support as well as practice problems for the WSU student teams before the competition.

“We are so fortunate at WSU to have tremendous industry support in the form of financial gifts but also in time and talent,” said Peschel. “Their support is a critical piece in both helping our students succeed in these competitions and in gaining valuable skills that they will bring to the workplace.”