CULLOWHEE Twelve Western Carolina University students recently placed third in two events at a regional construction management competition in Charlotte.

The event was co-sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction and Associated General Contractors of America. Western finished behind only Clemson University and the University of Florida in the design/build division, and behind Georgia Tech and Auburn University in the commercial division.

The competition pitted teams from the Southeast against each other to determine which university would represent the region in national competition.

The project for the design/build division competition was to design and plan construction on a new dormitory located at Queen's University in Charlotte. The project cost was approximately $12.5 million, and Western's team won the award for best estimate.

Western's design/build team included students from the construction management and interior design programs. Students representing the construction management program were Julie O'Vil, Kevin Kirk, Julia Tew and Shawn Silliman; and students from the interior design program were Marina Zarnowski and Bevin Ballou. The team was coached by Jane Nichols, assistant professor of hospitality, tourism and interior design at Western. The design/build competition was sponsored by Rodgers Builders, a large design/build company in Charlotte.

The commercial division competition required the teams to prepare a construction plan, cost estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, key issue analysis proposal and formal presentation to clients. Students were sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents. The event was conducted by Turner Construction, a major commercial contracting corporation.

The commercial division team was composed of students from Western's construction management program Corey Johnson, Derrick Morgan, Brandon Blevens, Gerald Daniel, Reggie Holland and Carl Slagle. The team was lead by Craig Capano, associate professor of construction management at Western.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information, contact Bradford Sims, head of Western's construction management program, at (828) 227-2175 or via e-mail at bsims@wcu.edu.

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