Cal Poly Students Win Record-Setting 11 Awards at Associated Schools of Construction Annual Competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Multidisciplinary teams of Cal Poly students set a new record at the recent Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Student Competition, winning six first-place and five second-place awards, the most awards won in a single year. In addition, construction management senior Will Riviere received the prestigious MVP award in the Mechanical category.

The Cal Poly contingency won the greatest number of first-place awards in a single year at the annual competition, tying Cal Poly's previous record for most awards in a single year.

In all, 107 Cal Poly students competed on 14 teams at the 37th annual competition, held in Sparks, Nevada, on Feb. 7-10. The multidisciplinary teams comprised students in construction management (CM), civil engineering (CE) and architectural engineering (ARCE).

“Cal Poly teams have once again showcased their excellence at the ASC competition, making history with an unprecedented number of awards,” said CM Department Head Jeong Woo. “They brought home the greatest number of awards, including first-place awards, in a single year.

“Our teams regularly capture more awards than any other university,” Woo continued. “This year was their best showing yet, although Cal Poly students consistently perform at the highest level.”

Teams from Boise State and Oregon State were Cal Poly’s closest competitors, winning three awards each.

The ASC competition is one of the largest construction management student competitions in the nation. The 2024 competition attracted a total of 1,742 students on 233 teams from 55 universities. Cal Poly competes in Region 7, the Far West Region, which includes California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Region 6 and 7 teams compete separately in four categories: Heavy Civil, Commercial, Mixed Use and Design Build categories.

The remaining eight categories are open to teams from universities throughout the U.S. Those categories are Integrated Project, Mechanical, Virtual Design and Construction, Sustainable Building, Preconstruction, Project Management, Electrical and Concrete Solutions categories.

Cal Poly teams took first place in the Integrated Project, Mechanical, Virtual Design and Construction, Preconstruction, Project Management and Concrete Solutions categories, competing against teams from Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA, to name a few. Cal Poly took second place in the Mixed Use, Commercial, Virtual Design and Construction, Sustainable Building and Electrical categories.

Each competing team is given problem statement materials created by the team’s sponsor. Students are tasked with completing estimating, scheduling, site logistics, safety and quality management planning. Within the competition’s allotted 14 to 16 hours, students must complete and submit a proposal package that adheres to specific time frames, deadlines, schedules, locations and conditions.

The Cal Poly students who competed in the 2024 ASC Region 6 and 7 Student Competition and their team sponsors are:

  • Commercial Team, Sponsored by XL Construction
    Addy Demasters (alternate), Emily Edmondson, Misael Gonzalez, Luka Kosor, Daniel Lombardi (alternate), Mason Montoya, Isabella Peterson, Jake Schulman.
  • Concrete Team, sponsored by Pacific Structures
    Lily Brown, Justin Coffin, Alejandro Gonzalez (alternate), Kyle Honsik, Will Killmond, Katelyn Lowry, Joey Massey (alternate), Jack Ritchie.
  • Design-Build Team, sponsored by XL Construction
    Azzah Bensrhir (alternate), Erin Chen, Katie Chriss, Nicho Domine, Ryan Manesh, Jack Manning, Nikita Taktarov.
  • Electrical Team sponsored by Spring Electric
    Lance Brack, Rylan Hickman, Marie Johnson, Luke Method, Ben Narciso (alternate), Owen Schoenherr (alternate), Jake Weiss, Ange Witt.
  • Heavy-Civil Team, sponsored by McGuire Hester
    Robert Byrne, Jack Byrne (alternate), Mateo Gonzales, Samuel McClintock, Turner Milne, Oscar Rocha (alternate), Swai Wai Yan, Ryan Walther.
  • Integrated Project Team, sponsored by Whiting Turner
    Jordan Badgley (alternate), Madisen Berube, Calvin Clauson, Kelsey Grafton, Remy Hickle, Kyle Jamora (alternate), Katie Mendoza, Xanthus Silverstein.
  • Mechanical Team No. 1, sponsored by Pribuss Engineering Inc.
    Braden Deck, Daniel DeSoto, Ryan Fehrenbach, Spencer Gardner, Nathan Haub, Kristina Poliseri, Andy Walton (alternate).
  • Mechanical Team No. 2, sponsored by Pribuss Engineering Inc.
    Jalene Gee, Daniela Gonzalez, Aidan Howard, Sammy Kenney (alternate), Will Riviere, Caroline Roseman (alternate), Sean Ross, Jake Simkins.
  • Mixed Use Team, sponsored by Pankow Builders
    Camryn Berger, James Colnett, Dana Craighead, Eiley Eichten (alternte), Teddy Koffman, Cole Lewis, Carson Rhee, Bennett Steiger.
  • Preconstruction Team, sponsored by SC Builders
    Sofia Amalfitano, Bradley Blakemore, Colette Burd, Carlin Cook, Tara Keene, Lucas Llodra (alternate), Luke Sutherland (alternate), Jacqueline Yeung.
  • Project Management Team, sponsored by Blach Construction
    Grace Arnold, Mason Chamberlin (alternate), Brendon Duran, Brayden Groshart, Anthony Roensch (alternate), Russel Sprague, George Stasinos, Ryan Strain.
  • Sustainable Building Team, sponsored by Level 10 Construction
    Dylan Glass, Simon Ingram, Ryan McCann, Zach Murdin (alternate), Olivia Pisani, Lucca Pracilio, Gianna Rocca, Karena Ruplenas (alternate).
  • Virtual Design and Construction Team No. 1, sponsored by VEC
    Mason Canton, Emilio Cervantes, Julian Chavez, Esai Contreras, Derrick Huang (alternate), Andrew Rasas, Madison Truesdale, Sonya Wijoyo (alternate).
  • Virtual Design and Construction Team No. 2, sponsored by VEC
    Jayson Downs, Zach Hall, Dylan Hom, Jason Lee, Aleena Panchal, Kai Steward.


About Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department
The Construction Management Department at Cal Poly is a tight-knit group of faculty and staff working to provide its students with the best possible education and the help they need to progress to graduation. Its graduates are ready to tackle the challenges they find in the professional world. Students take a variety of classes, join one or more of our professional student organizations and frequently intern with one of the many companies that visit the campus each year. Upon graduation, the department has virtually 100% placement in the construction industry.

About Associated Schools of Construction
The Associated Schools of Construction is the professional association for developing and advancing construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.

Contact: Jenay Reynolds-Sibbach

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