Students in Youngstown State University’s Civil and Construction Engineering Program compete in the third annual Builders Association Estimating Competition on Friday, March 30.
The competition is sponsored by the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. In the morning, a building project is presented to students, along with any necessary materials (bid specifications, drawings, etc) for the project. Teams of six or seven students work to develop a bid price for the project. At 2:45 p.m., each team turns in its bids, including paperwork and back up calculations. Judges, who are professionals from the Builders Association, review the bids and interview each team. Each team member is required to estimate at least one component of the project. The Builders Association then sponsors a dinner for the students on campus, where the winning team is announced.
The goal of the competition is to provide each student a valuable learning experience as to the real-life bidding process. Students must use critical thinking and organizational skills and exhibit professional communication and proper terminology.
The projects selected for the competition have actually been built by a member of the Builders Association. Last year’s project was the renovation of the north entrance to Tod Hall on campus.
For more information, contact Carol M. Lamb, associate professor and coordinator of the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Department at 330-941-4625.