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Montana Tech Heavy Civil Team Brings Home Trophy

02/09/2021

agc-2021.jpgTwo Montana Technological University teams competed in the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) region 6/7 annual construction bidding competition. Due to the coronavirus, the yearly in-person competition in Sparks, Nevada, was delivered in a virtual format.

The university's heavy civil team placed 2nd in the competition. The team was comprised of six juniors studying a combination of civil engineering and construction management. The team trained through the fall semester, focusing on learning various methods to construct heavy civil projects. The young team had only one individual, George Shick, with past competition experience. Schick, the 2021 team captain, competed in the 2020 competition, where the team earned 2nd place. The team members have a variety of construction experience through summer internships and family businesses. The competition included 15 teams from universities in the Rocky Mountain region, including Montana State, Colorado State, Northern University of Arizona (3rd place), Brigham Young University (1st place), and the University of Alaska. The Montana Tech team included Colton Eliason, Logan Kolodejchuk, Archie Lind, Brock MacDonald, George Shick, and Brent Tezak. The team was given the Kiewit-sponsored problem of closing a landfill in Hawaii.

The second Montana Tech team competed in the project management category. This open category saw competition from 13+/- universities across the United States such as Texas A&M, University of California/Berkeley, Santa Clara University (2nd), Oregon State University (3rd), Illinois State University, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (1st). This is the first time Montana Tech competed in this category, and the club is excited to compete in this category in the future. The category matches many of the courses available at Montana Tech and our students' future careers. Team members included Jarod Howell, Henry Lugo, Vincent McCann (captain), and Maria Ralph. The team members are studying civil engineering or construction management. This team, even down two members, brought their past competition experience to the table. Two members had competed in 2020, and two were competing for their 3rd year. The team enjoyed the DPR Construction-sponsored problem, and each gained valuable career experience.

AGC Club Advisor, Sonya Rosenthal, gave a shout out to the students who went above and beyond to compete in this new virtual environment. "Each of the students gave 110% to represent themselves and Montana Tech. This experience will give each of them an extra edge in their career."

If you are interested in learning more about the competition and watching the student's presentations, go to www.asc67.org.