Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regional Competition
Construction management students had a big year with five teams competing in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regional Competition. This is the first time we fielded five teams at this event. Over the course of the competition we received two second place victories and one third place win.
The ASC competition does an excellent job in providing an environment for the competitors to simulate and experience life in the construction world as a self-performing subcontractor.
Coach Mike Mezo lead three teams this year. Two teams competed in the Concrete Solutions category and one in the Design-Build category.
Concrete Solutions Category
This year was the first time students competed in the concrete category. It was the most competitive division at the event, with 10 teams competing from all over the country. We are proud to say one of our concrete teams came home with second place.
The competition involved preparing for a subcontract for the structural concrete elements of a large-scale warehouse, including foundations, slabs on grade, concrete slabs, high-tolerance and specialty slabs, walls, and dock pits.
Concrete Solutions Category
Captain: Alex Groff
Team: Gareth Brower,
Joe Mattick, Nate Midtgard, Cooper Nichols, and Troy Worsley.
Coach Mezo’s Design-Build team finished in third place, closely behind our arch-rivals Ferris State and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The performance of this interdisciplinary team of construction management and architecture students secured Ball State’s eleventh time placing in the top three spots in this competition.
In this category our students competed against those from across the Great Lakes region. The assignment involved the design and construction planning of a new university residential housing project intended to serve 450 undergraduate students with administrative, multipurpose, lounge, laundry, and support spaces.
Captain: Mackenzie Park
Team: Richard Bowman, Jake Kriech, Kimmie Kim, Nick Bloom, and Jake Thayer.
Coach Gary Birk led his team to a second place finish in the preconstruction category. This is an “open” division, where teams from across the country send their best students to compete. We think our team had the best presentation, but they were narrowly edged out on total points by Cal Poly.
The project for the preconstruction category was a $15-25 million renovation of high-end retail space within an active retail environment.
Captain: Michale Delong
Team:Cory Huffman, Ross Debonis, Austin Fest, John Spencer, and Clayton Berrisford.
Coach Sherif Attallah’s electrical team was competitive but did not place this year. The project focused on electrical aspects of an airport, including power distribution, communications, site lighting, signage, and other various electrical elements.
Our student teams were very competitive this year and came to win.
Additional teams include:
Electrical Team: Captain Cassie Dorony, with team members Hannah Schuler, Brandon Helpling, Nick Broering, Colten Showalter, and Allexis Fender.
Concrete Solutions Team: Captain Mark Pavlak, with team members Trenton Bays, Andrew Fancher, Trey Hunt, Seth Papania, and Jared Ripley.
The performance of our teams demonstrates that our students can compete at the highest levels with those of other programs nationwide. A big congratulations to all of our coaches, students, and everyone else who supported the student teams – well done, all!