Montana Tech Heavy Civil Team Places 3rd at National Competition

Montana Tech’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering students recently competed in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition in Sparks, Nevada on February 8-10, 2018. Montana Tech sent three teams, an alternate, and several mentors which included twenty-one students and four faculty members to the ASC Region 6 & 7 2018 Student Competition. The three teams competed in design-build, concrete solutions, and heavy civil while one member competed in an alternate competition. Highlands College also sent three students and one faculty member to attend the conference sessions and competition presentations while lending support to the North Campus teams.

The heavy civil team took home the 3rd place trophy at the Kiewit sponsored event. The team consisting of 6 members, Kendra Jackson, Mike Williams, Nic Amestoy, Andy Anderson, Ashley Johnson, and Jason Vesco, were challenged with a problem that included a bridge in Honolulu. For the competition, they completed an estimate for the project and developed innovative ideas to present to the project sponsor’s judges.

The heavy civil team competed against schools from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The design-build team, sponsored by McCarthy, competed against schools from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. Concrete Solutions is an open competition, meaning Montana Tech competed against teams across the USA including Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

Generally, the teams were given a project to develop a bid document over a 12-16-hour period. When the teams turned in the bid document and other deliverables needed, they could then start preparing a 20-minute presentation to present to a panel of judges the next day. Though the presentations are given to the project sponsor, there is an audience of students, faculty, and recruiters anxious to listen to the project.

The Montana Tech students are members of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Club. Larry Hunter (North Campus) and Bill Ryan (Highlands College) are the head faculty advisors and control the club responsibilities. The design-build and heavy civil teams are coached by faculty member Sonya Rosenthal. The concrete team is coached by Larry Hunter, and the Highland College teams are coached by Bill Ryan and Paul Hart.

AGC Club is active in fundraising for the competition, campus activities, and the community. Most of the fundraising is through corporate donations and activities at the Montana Contractor's Association (MCA) Convention which include an auction and dessert dash. The club participates in homecoming events and hosts a haunted house that is enjoyed by students and the community. These students have also impacted the community by volunteering at the Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel construction. Organizing all activities was possible through the hard work and dedication of student officers James Cutler, Josie Stinson, and Tyler Stremcha.