Penn College Construction Management Students Pass Regional Competition | Pennsylvania College of Technology
Williamsport, Pa .– Construction students at Penn College competed in a regional competition in Albany last week, placing first and second in separate categories. Student performance and reflections indicate a strong construction management program in college.
The students won first and second place in the 32nd Annual Region 1 Associated Schools Building Competition, held November 11-13 in Albany, New York.
The college pre-construction team, responsible for the construction and renovation of a public school building in New England, placed first. His Heavy Highway / Civil team, responsible for a sewer project in New Jersey, placed second in the competition.
“I am amazed each year at what student teams are able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” said Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and department head of construction management. “Penn College teams are made up of volunteers who participate in after-school competitions in addition to already busy schedules that include classes, jobs and other clubs and activities. How they come together and grow as a group and then overcome these challenges is fun to watch. “
Members of the pre-construction team, led by Tom A. Grates VI, of Taranto, were Noah M. Lacarte, of Charleroi; Danielle E. Malesky, of Biglerville; Rudy C. Shadle, of Mechanicsburg; Nathan I. Tabon, Allison Park; and Jacob C. Wells of Mountain Top.
The Heavy Highway / Civil team, led by Nathan G. Kress, of Sciota, consisted of Mason E. Blethen, of Colora, Maryland; Anthony M. Glotfelty, of Broomall; Conor B. Laraia, of Chambersburg; Mike R. Miller, of Montgomery; and Cody J. Smith, of Honesdale.
A number of students are not new to the ASC competition. Grates and Kress also competed in 2019 and 2020; and Laraia, Malesky and Tabon entered the 2020 competition.
As part of the pre-construction competition, Consigli Commercial Properties requested proposals for Lincoln Public Middle School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
“The task was made complicated by the fact that this was a selective demolition and remodeling, as well as new construction on an active school,” said Grates. “On the day of the event, we were responsible for establishing a detailed estimate, a schedule, a logistics and usage plan, a constructability review, a risk assessment review and several other additional documents in a little less. from 3 p.m.
The team did not receive any information on the project leading up to the competition, Grates said, but instead received the plans at Friday’s 8 a.m. kickoff meeting in Albany. Members had until 10:30 pm to get it all done and handed in… and then had to prepare (and train for) their presentation at 11:30 am on Saturday morning.
“It was a pleasure to go to Albany and represent Penn College and the Construction Management Program in this competition,” said Grates. “We competed against the best construction management schools in the area; that the two teams place is a testament to everything we learn here at Penn College.
Before the competitions, said Grates, both teams knew they needed to use all of their knowledge – from classrooms to clinics – to help them succeed.
“Being able not only to win but also to participate in these competitions will be one of the fondest memories of my college career,” he said. “I hope the underclassmen can continue to compete, and I’m delighted to see what the underclassmen will accomplish in next year’s competition with the experience they have gained.”
In the Heavy Highway / Civil competition, hosted by Weeks Marine, Kress and his teammates competed at a combined sewer outfall screening facility to be built along the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.
“The purpose of this structure is to filter the waste that was originally discharged directly into the Hudson, with the goal of making the river a much cleaner environment,” Kress said. “Our team had to submit a complete offer proposal containing a project schedule, a detailed cost estimate, as well as means and methods. “
The final proposal was expected Friday at 11 p.m., with a professional presentation to the judges the next morning.
Like Grates, he couldn’t give his teammates enough credit: “Before the competition my team had spent countless hours researching and working on this project. This group has shown dedication and drive throughout the competition, and our placement testifies to that.
“It has always been a privilege to represent Penn College and the Construction Management Program at CSA competitions. Attending ASC for the past three years has been one of my favorite academic experiences, ”said Grates.
“Going against the best construction management colleges and universities our region has to offer – and being able to take first and second place in the Heavy / Civil category in consecutive years – is proof May Penn College provide an education that guarantees a prosperous future for all of us.
Students were also able to attend a career fair and network with over a dozen potential employers in the region (which covers Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia).