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Ohio Northern University construction management majors proved they have what it takes after a grueling competition sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).
The ONU team placed sixth out of 12 teams in a preconstruction services competition that took place Oct. 16-19, 2013, in Downers Grove, Ill. ONU competed against teams from top universities across the Midwest, including Big 10 schools Ohio State University and Purdue University.
“I developed a great respect for what has been taught at ONU and learned I knew a lot more than I thought I did,” says Sheena Marston, a construction management major from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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During the competition, ONU’s team of six students had just 17 hours to put together a comprehensive, 90-page proposal for a new construction project for Walsh Construction. The proposal needed to encompass all aspects of preconstruction, including feasibility, safety, logistics, preliminary scheduling and estimates. ONU teammates then worked overnight to turn their proposal into a PowerPoint presentation that they delivered to Walsh executives the next day.
“They were put under fire and had to produce under that setting,” says Rich Miller, instructor in ONU’s technological studies department. “The competition really promotes teamwork and communication.”
“The most fun part of the competition was the easy rapport between the members of our team,” says Marston. “We learned more about each other and how we respond to immense pressure. Our ease in working together enabled us to perform as well as we did.”
ONU’s construction management major prepares students for careers in the commercial and residential construction industry. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, jobs in this field are expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020.
The ASC competition not only gives students a chance to apply their knowledge, but also provides opportunities for networking with construction company executives from across the U.S., according to Miller.
“I believe our team performed extremely well,” says Marston. “We hung in there with the other teams despite that fact that they were seasoned veterans and this was only ONU’s second year to participate in the competition.”
ONU team members were Ryan Cambron, a senior construction management major from Lebanon, Ohio; Mike Dunson, a senior construction management major from Forest, Ohio; James Durst, a junior construction management major from Kirtland, Ohio; Blake Gilts, a senior construction management major from Findlay, Ohio; Marston; and Dylan Seaburn, a junior construction management major from Fostoria, Ohio. Instructors Doug Degen and Miller served as faculty advisors for the ASC competition.