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Construction Management team wins national contest

10-21-2013

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Sacramento State’s Construction Management team handily won the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction’s inaugural Healthcare Preconstruction Competition last weekend in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill., bringing home a check for $1,000.

Teams from seven universities throughout the country were tested on their ability to estimate and plan the conversion of a downtown Chicago medical building into a hospital. The teams also had to present their plans professionally and efficiently to the client. Turner Construction sponsored the competition.

Sac State earned 95 out of a possible 100 points. Its nearest competitors were Purdue University (86.8 points) and Auburn University (86.4 points.)

“This was a test and proves that we are a school of national prominence,” says Justin Reginato, a professor in the Department of Construction Management. “We want to be the best Construction Management school in the United States.”

Team members Alyssa Zayas, Mark Oliveira, Preston Tziouvaras, Kim Braga, Rob Clark and Nate Boyer agreed that it was the most difficult problem they’ve worked on. Among their coaches were local building industry professionals Henry Meier and Adam Della Monica. Both are graduates of Sac State’s Construction Management program.

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