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The Penn College Construction Management Association (CMA), a student chapter of ABC recently participated in the 2015 ABC Construction Management Competition held in San Diego, California.  Held during ABC's 2015 Leadership Week, this year the competition drew competing teams from 23 colleges and universities.  Prior to arriving in San Diego, student teams were tasked with developing a full construction estimate, schedule, project management, plan, safety plan, quality assurance and quality control plan and other elements in response to an RFP.

Bringing this work with them to San Diego, teams were then challenged with a round two competition requiring changes and adjustments to be made to their base documents.
Anthony Rode, a Construction Management Senior and the team leader explains, "Phase 2 challenges consisted of value engineering, design changes, railroad impact, and schedule impacts.  In a matter of 5 hours, we incorporated all of that into our technical proposal and estimate.  It was critical that all of the changes were supported throughout all of the different documents."

Ten finalist teams were "short listed" to present their proposals to a panel of judges acting as owners' reps and design professionals.  Teams were announcing in alphabetical order so there was quiet a bit of nervousness until Penn College was announced in the tenth and final slot.

It was a unique year for the overall awards and the category finishers.  None of the top three teams overall placed in any category and, in the end, the Penn College team did not bring home a trophy.
Rode summarizes, "Overall, we think we did well.  It is a touch competition against the best in the country.  We made the short list and figure we placed well overall.  Additionally, we learned a lot and we have three teammates with experience as a core to next year's team."

While the team members did multiple service project and fundraisers to help pay for the travel and competition, non of this would have been possible without the great support of the Central PA ABC and the Keystone ABC Chapters.  Thank you for your many years of financial and mentoring support.

Not only has the ABC construction management competition offered me opportunities that will directly benefit my future professional career, but the traveling experience and friendships with my team mates is something that I will never forget.  Likewise, the exposure to the ABC culture, companies, and passion will be something I remember and look forward to being part of.
Alexander Goga, Junior, Penn College Construction Management Program.

Penn College ABC Team set up for Round 2 in San Diego.

Penn College ABC Team checking out San Diego.
Left to Right: Alexander Goga, Junior; Anthony Rode, Senior; Allison Lewis, Senior; Alexander Gourlay, Sophomore; Bryan Ralko, Sophomore.