May 12, 2009

The LSU Construction Student Association (CSA) engages construction management (CM) students in many extracurricular activities to gain knowledge of their field and further community involvement. In the past few months, CSA members were able to compete in several national competitions including those sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC), and the National Assocation of Home Builders (NAHB).

LSU CM students traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to compete against 20 other university teams in the ninth annual Student Chapter Competition during the 2009 ABC National Convention, from February 25 to March 1. This competition gives the nation’s top CM students a glimpse into the real world of construction, as well as an opportunity to showcase their talents. The LSU team consisted of: Steven Keller, Chris Fox, Kelley Dick, Adam Matherne, Tony Higgins (Team Captain), Norman Bright, Ella Godwin, Sean Smith, Nicholas Hebert, and Brandon Deshotel. Team members were charged with developing a bid package, including an estimate, a project execution plan, and a safety plan. The team finished seventh overall and second in the estimating competition. The assigned project was the River Walk Tower in Alabama. This is a three and a half story observation tower erected on piling over the Alabama River connected to a parking garage via a pedestrian bridge. The students would like to thank faculty-sponsor Dr. Kirby Herbert for all of his help and support and local industry, particularly, the ABC Pelican Chapter and the Construction Industry Advisory Council.

For more information regarding the annual ABC National Convention, please click here.

CM students from LSU’s AGC Competition team participated in the Region V Commercial Building Contest in Dallas, TX on February 9th. The team consisted of Chris Smith, Steven Keller, Andrew Sylvest, Tyler Tramonte, Brandon Deshotel, and Joseph Aguillard. The assigned project was the renovation and expansion of the historic Cotton Bowl. The team was in charge of estimating and scheduling, as well as developing project execution and safety plans. Team members met in Dallas at 8 am on February 8th and worked for 16 hours, until the 11:59 pm deadline. On February 9th, the team presented to a panel of judges who had worked on the actual Cotton Bowl project. This was the first time LSU has been represented at a regional AGC competition in ten years. The students would like to thank faculty-sponsor Dennis Spring for all of his help and support.

The Associated General Contractors of America is committed to promoting and supporting members, students, faculty and others in the study of higher education through research, scholarships, and conferences. This competition is just one example of AGC’s commitment to the students of higher education; enabling student’s to encounter “real-world” industry experiences. For more information on the Associated General Contractors of America, please click here.

In January 2009, CM students competed in the NAHB competition in Las Vegas. To read about the success of these students, please click here.

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