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01-31-2007

Clarkson Construction Management Team Competes in New Jersey

Clarkson University's Construction Management Team recently competed in the 17th annual competition and job fair sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) in Fairfield, N.J. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.

The competition was a four-day event in which teams wrote a bid proposal for a real project being built by the sponsoring firm, including detailed cost analysis, schedule, labor requirements and plans. Each team presented their proposals to the sponsoring firm's representatives in a closed discussion forum. Awards were presented on the last day.

This year, the project was a bascule bridge pier in Virginia. Each team assumed the role of a concrete subcontractor doing just the pier; the footing and bridge deck were assumed to be completed already. The team submitted RFIs (Request for Information) as they worked and the judges periodically replied with answers to all the team's RFIs. The judges continuously contacted the team with offers from "subcontractors" with prices for certain work.

The construction management team members at the competition were Captain James Farese, a senior civil engineering major from Marlborough, Mass.; Assistant Captain Samuel Hawkins, a senior engineering and management major from Bellport, N.Y.; Matthew Potts, a junior civil engineering major from Manchester, Conn.; Jarrod Persun, a sophomore civil engineering major from Erie, Pa.; Jonathan Finner, a junior civil engineering major from New York, N.Y.; and Tom Waite, a freshman engineering studies major from Ilion, N.Y.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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