Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU Students Win National Honors

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU Students Win National Honors

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University of Oklahoma construction science students took second place in a national competition to design a four-story medical office building and parking garage for the Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction and the Associated General Contractors of America's national competition, the competition was held in Las Vegas.

The OU students won their region's competition in February, earning the right to compete nationally against the other five regional champions. The students won $1,000, a trophy and plaque, as well as the all-expense-paid trip to Vegas. "To place second in the nation against the best of the best is a tribute to the team members, coach, the Construction Science Division and the University of Oklahoma," said Ken Robson, professor and director of the architecture division. "The numerous national and regional awards received by the division's students, competition teams, the Construction Students Association and the CNS faculty, along with a 100 percent placement of students for the past four years, are clear indicators that the Construction Science Division is addressing the educational needs of the construction industry and providing students with quality education." Each team received the assignment project at the same time, with identical midnight deadlines for providing their management strategy, estimates, schedules and completed proposal package. On the following day, each team was given 10 hours to work on its presentation before submitting all final conclusions. The teams were given 20 minutes to present their results and solution to the problem, followed by a 10- minute question-and-answer period conducted by the judges. Industrial vacancies The Oklahoma City industrial market continues to boast one of the tightest vacancy rates in the country at 3.58 percent, according to the 1998 MarketScope produced by Trammell Crow/OKC. But even though purchase prices are still below reconstruction costs, rents are beginning to rise to levels high enough to support new construction costs. "Industrial rental rates have increased around 20 percent a year and should keep that pace until new development adds supply to the market," the report said. …

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