Rochester Institute of Technology civil engineering technology students took top placements at the annual Associated Schools of Construction Region I student construction management competition for the second year in a row. With four teams at the event,  RIT’s Design-Build and Commercial Building groups each won first place overall, and the Heavy/Civil team placed second in its category.

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RIT was among 23 universities competing in the Northeast regional, part of the annual Associated Schools of Construction conference and job fair. Universities with four-year construction engineering and management degree programs in the Northeast—from Maine to Virginia—participate in events to advance construction education.

All teams are required to prepare a proposal for a construction project that includes cost estimating, scheduling, design, site logistics, means and methods and overall project approach. The projects in the four categories are based on actual requests received by regional construction and architectural firms, and student proposals are judged by professionals in the field.

RIT’s Design-Build team won in its category for its proposal of a four-story, 83,500-square-foot medical office building. The team’s comprehensive plan included a 3D video of a multi-purpose building as well as interior images to describe possible patient experiences once on the property and in the medical complex.

RIT’s Commercial Building team won in its category for its proposal of an upscale, senior living facility. The team’s final proposal included a complex logistics plan as well as an updated budget addressing change orders, value engineering and general conditions. RIT’s Heavy Civil team placed second in its category for its proposal of a public park along the Chicago River. The scope of work for the project included installation of concrete sidewalks along the river as well as public access to proposed floating gardens.

All teams delivered plans that would be considered highly competitive in today’s construction market, RIT said.