The Construction Science Division from the University of
Oklahoma's College of Architecture has received three first-place
awards at the National Associated General Contractors of America
Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The division was the only program to win three of the seven
possible first place honors.
The Construction Science Division's construction management team
won first place in the National Associated Schools of Construction/
Associated General Contractors of America Student Competition --
Commercial category. The team competed against six other regional
champion teams from across the United States.
According to the judges, the decision was unanimous and "the team
from the University of Oklahoma was outstanding."
Each team was given 16 hours to complete an estimate, schedule,
management plan and a complete proposal package for an ice skating
rink in Lewisville, Texas. Teams were then given eight hours to
develop presentation materials and to work on their oral
presentations. On the third day, each team presented to a panel of
judges that included the actual project's construction team,
architect and owner's representative. Centex Construction sponsored
this year's national competition. Each team member received a
plaque, a watch and an all-expenses paid trip to the National AGC
Convention in Nashville. The Construction Science Division will
receive a check for $3,000 and a trophy.
Team members included Crystal Conner, Kyle Smith, Kyle Nelson,
Jerrod Carpenter, Michael Barnes and George Knuckles. Associate
professor Richard Ryan was the team coach.
The second award was in the chapter activities category. This
honor recognized efforts in bringing speakers to address the club,
participation in the Junior Achievement program, construction of a
playhouse for the Traveler's Aid Society, a home football game
hamburger stand, and various social activities. The Construction
Student's Association received a check for $1,000 and a plaque.
Thomas Fine, a student in the Construction Science Division, was
presented a first-place award in the James L. Allhands Essay
contest. Fine's essay was chosen from among 27 essays by students
from around the country. The title for this year's essay contest was
"How Should the Industry Prepare for and Respond to the Demands of a
Rapidly Growing Population for Increased Facilities and Construction
Services, While Continuing to Enhance the Quality of Life for All
Americans?" Fine was awarded a $1,000 prize, a plaque and an all
expense paid trip to the National AGC Convention in Nashville.
"The Construction Science Division continues to garner national
recognition for student and faculty achievements," said Bob Fillpot,
dean of OU's College of Architecture. "The entire College of
Architecture congratulates the Construction Science students and
faculty on their accomplishments. Their achievements exhibit a true
spirit of excellence."
"It is good to know that our Construction Services Division not
only competed against the nation's best, but also took home more
awards than any other university represented," said OU President
David Boren. "The university is proud to have such outstanding
faculty and students, who are leaders in the field of construction
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