Students Win First Place in Construction Competition
WSU construction management students (from left to right) Morgan Green, Mark Oscarson, Jay Larsen, Mike McKenzie, John Petersen and Wes Siddoway pose with their award for taking first place at the regional competition of the Associated Schools of Construction.
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University construction management students won first place in the heavy civil category at the Associated Schools of Construction regional student competition, held Feb. 11-14 in Reno, Nev.
WSU students competed against 15 Region 6 schools, including Brigham Young University, Arizona State University, Boise State University and Colorado State University.
Construction and mining firm Kiewit developed this year’s heavy civil problem. The heavy civil teams were assigned a bridge-building task, a hypothetical bridge for students but one the company had already completed. The WSU team presented an excellent response, one that bore many similarities to the way the actual project was handled by Kiewit.
WSU heavy civil team members included Morgan Green, a senior from Centerville, Utah; Mark Oscarson, a senior from Liberty, Mo.; Jay Larsen, a senior from Orem, Utah; Mike McKenzie, a senior from Paul, Idaho; John Petersen, a junior from Brigham City, Utah and Wes Siddoway, a junior from Rockport, Utah, all of whom are construction management majors. The team is coached by instructor Ken McGuire, an architect who hails from Elk Rapids, Mich.
This is the third year WSU teams have competed but the first time one has won first place in any category. Three other WSU teams competed this year in the commercial, residential and design build categories. WSU’s commercial team took fourth place and was named most improved.
Chris Soelberg, program coordinator for WSU’s Parson Construction Management Technology Program, was pleased with the win in the heavy civil category.
“It kind of puts us on the map. We’re a fairly new program,” Soelberg said.
WSU’s heavy civil team will now move on to compete on the national level in San Diego March 4-7.
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