June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.166.1 - 14.166.8
AGC Competition Some Lessons-Learned:
Once each year, students in construction educational fields across this nation are given a real-world, first-hand glimpse of their future. This preview of coming attractions presents itself in the form of regional competitions jointly sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC). The competition challenges student teams to assume roles consistent with industry project management teams prepared to develop a comprehensive plan for a constructive endeavor. Each team may compete in one of three tracks aligned with major construction categories:
1. Heavy Highway Construction 2. Design Build Construction 3. Commercial Construction
To create a distinctive feeling of reality, corporate sponsors for each category provide project statements from actual projects addressing scope, budgetary, and scheduling considerations. Project documents typically include bid documents, drawings, and specifications consistent with the competition category. Within twenty-four hours after receipt of the initial project package, the teams consisting of four to six students are expected to complete a project analysis and provide a formal presentation detailing a project proposal including a cost estimate, schedule, and bid documents as well project planning, organizational, and value engineering opportunities. Realistic procedures are in place throughout the competition to simulate formal communication
design addendums. Finally, for each respective category, the industry sponsors serve as judges assessing and evaluating reports, and the formal presentations. The winning team from each of the three categories is eligible for a trip later in the spring for a final round of competition during the annual AGC convention.
The Program in Construction Management at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte first participated in this competition in the Fall of 2006. The current Program Coordinator championed this initial foray and recorded accurately some lessons learned for the 2007 ASEE National Convention.1 Now three years and three competitions later, this paper presents a critical review of the procedures, policies, and logistics supporting the AGC competition. This paper balances first hand observations from both faculty and students with objective input provided by the Competition judges and student feedback though surveys and written reports. The Department both students and faculty are determined to pursue this competition, and this paper will strive to evaluate the journey to date and perhaps point to a future path to success.
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