Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2022

54 Colorado Public Works Journal INSIDE CCA Randy Drennen Randy Drennen is Director of Contractor Liason Services at CCA and can be reached at rdrennen@ccainfo.org CSU Repeats as Heavy Student Competition Winner. On January 27th, 2022 the Colorado Contractors Association hosted the third annual Heavy Civil Student Competition. Held during the CCA Annual Conference, the event started in 2019. This year’s edition brought in some of the top Construction Management and Civil Engineering students the state has to offer competing for trophies, scholarship dollars, and bragging rights. Colorado State University (Fort Collins), the University of Colorado, and Colorado State University – Pueblo all participated for the third straight competition. Each member of the winning team receives a scholarship award provided by the Construction Workforce Foundation of Colorado (CWFC). Faculty advisors at several schools in Colorado were contacted in early January to gauge interest in the competition and a willingness among students in their programs to compete. In addition to the teams that participated, several other schools expressed a high level of interest but had scheduling conflicts within their CM or CE programs. The competition is modeled after the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) competition held in Reno, Nevada each February. However, some substantial changes to the format and parameters were made for the CCA competition. Students were provided project plans, CDOT specifications, several vendor and subcontractor quotes and were asked to put together a bid package that included a complete estimate, schedule, safety plan, and risk analysis. The teams submitted their written proposals for judging two weeks prior to the conference. During the conference, teams were asked to present their proposals during one of the afternoon breakout sessions to a panel of judges and in front of a room full of industry professionals. The judging panel then facilitated a question and answer session to test the students’ knowledge of the project and their own proposals. The student teams absolutely delivered and exceeded expectations for both the written and oral presentations. The final scoring was the closest yet with only a single point separating first and second place. But in the end the team representing the Colorado State University comprised of Haylee Sutton, Bryan Nelson, Nathan Maloney, and Carson Oldemeyer narrowly edged both CU and CSU-Pueblo. The competition was designed to showcase the quality of the Construction Management and Civil Engineering programs right here in the state for our members who are looking to grow their talent pipeline. CCA appreciates the support of Zak Dirt who provided the project plans, documents, and judging services. ECI Site Construction Management also assisted with judging this year’s installment. Wagner Equipment once again served as the sponsor for this competition recognizing how valuable it is to our industry to support the next generation of our workforce. The winners were announced by Braden Wagner from the Wagner booth during the happy hour/networking event that immediately followed the competition. This allowed the students and industry members to interact directly and exchange contact information, resumes, and talk about future plans. CCA looks forward to hosting and expanding this event at our 2023 conference next February and encourages our membership to consider attending the ASC competition in Reno to further develop your pipeline of talent.

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