For the past 24 years, top design and construction students from schools across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have gathered to prove their worth to potential future employers at the annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition.
This year, 17 schools and more than 200 bright minds vied for placement, and Alfred State students walked away with honors in three categories - a second place in design-build, a fourth place in heavy-civil construction and a fifth place in commercial building.
"Our students made an impressive showing," says Tim Piotrowski of Jamestown, an assistant professor of civil engineering technology at Alfred State who accompanied the group on its trip. "These were real-world simulations with real-world deadlines and all the associated stress. But our students excel at those types of challenges."
Alfred State students won second place in design-build at the Annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Competition. The team is, bottom row, from left, Zack Kohler of Babylon, Ryan Grace of Syracuse, Kristin Szkolnik of Syracuse, and team captain Carley Youngman of Spencerport. Top row, from left, is Tim Piotrowski, Alfred State civil engineering technology assistant professor of Jamestown, Steven Hickey of Penfield and Alex Bragg of Canandaigua.
Alfred State students traveled to Morristown, N.J., for the two-day event with teams entering each of the competition categories; design-build, heavy-civil construction and commercial building. The design-build team included Steven Hickey of Penfield, Alex Bragg of Canandaigua, Carley Youngman of Spencerport, Kristin Szkolnik of Syracuse, Zack Kohler of Babylon, and Ryan Grace of Syracuse. The heavy-civil construction team was comprised of Joe Triscuit of Busti, Nate Silsbee of Bath, Clinton Brewer of Olean, Jay Burdin of Corning, Andrew Hydock of Lyndonville, and William Engel of Brunswick. The commercial building team included David Radloff of Glen Falls, Geronimo Rosario of Utica, Richard McCall of Miltown, N.J., Chris Drazan of Bethlehem, Tom Parmenter of Pavilion, and Nick Antonioli of Wellsville.
Teams were provided with actual contract documents and given 15 hours to create a cost estimate, construction schedule, site-specific safety plan, logistical plan for using the site and a strategy to execute the project. Then, the following day, each team gave a 30-minute oral presentation to the judges, describing their proposal and why they were the best team to build the project. Teams were then judged on the quality of both their proposal and oral presentation.
"This is a capstone to our students' educational careers. They were judged by the very industry professionals who built the projects used in the competition," Piotrowski said.
Students who attended had an unprecedented opportunity to network with their peers and potential future employers during the accompanying job fair and employers received access to 35 teams of self-motivated students from top programs.
"It was a real, first-hand look at the construction industry for our students. They got to experience the level of effort it takes to be successful," Piotrowski said.