CMU students fare well in construction competition

Fifteen students from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction earned recognition at a national construction management competition.

Students from 14 universities participated in the annual Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition and Conference in Sparks, Nev.

Students were given 18 hours to complete a full cost estimate, analyze alternative methods, choose equipment, write safety and environmental plans and prepare team proposals for commercial and heavy civil construction problems. Students then had to present and defend their proposals before a panel of judges and the public.

Lori Siegesmund, a freshman at CMU, was recognized as the best Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) presenter in the commercial problem category.

A CMU team of Tyler Ames, Daniel Bonilla, Kyle Harbert, Dustin Littlejohn, Seth Rains and Tyler Schnell placed third in the heavy civil problem category.

Samuel Hollar, Ryan Peskuski and Jordan Sullivan competed in an alternatives problems category. The three joined mixed teams from other universities selected at random to solve a problem.

“This challenges and compares the CMU skills, team building and leadership to other universities,” said Charles Gains, director of the construction management program at CMU.