9th Annual Estimating Competition Set for March 23

Our region’s future construction leaders are about to go head-to-head in the 9th Annual Builders Association Construction Estimating Competition. Months of mentoring and practice will pay-off on Friday, March 23, when 24 Youngstown State University civil and construction engineering technology students demonstrate what they’ve learned about their industry in school and from their industry mentors.

Three teams will create a real-life construction bid submission for an actual building project that was built by a member of The Builders. Materials distribution at 8 a.m. and a pre-bid meeting at 9 a.m. kicks off the day. Each team will analyze plans and specs, a partially complete bid worksheet, labor costs and unit costs, and then create a complete written estimate.

The packet will include items such as takeoffs, pricing, and quote sheets, and must be submitted by 3 p.m.

A judging panel of Builders Association Members will interview each team and review bids. The team that most accurately completed the entire bid as compared to the real-life bid will be declared the 2018 Competition Champions. This year’s judges are:

  • Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons 
  • Jim Santini, Jim Santini Builder, Inc.
  • Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.
  • Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.

Mentors, all of whom are members of The Builders Association, have spent many hours with their team to prepare them for the competition. They are:

  • Jim Bayer, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc. 
  • Jason Gibson, Jack Gibson Construction Company 
  • Ed Stevens, Stevens Masonry Construction, Inc.
  • Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.
  • Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.
  • Kyle Leonard, Imperial Glazing Concepts, Inc.
  • Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.
  • Tom Elliot, International Masonry Institute
  • Ryan Hively, Hively Construction Company, Inc. 2017 Winner

Student participants are:

Team 1:

Sr. JoLynn Campbell, Youngstown, OH 2017 Winner

Sr. Ryan Fry, Bellaire, OH

Jr. Andrew Rauch, Sharon, PA 2017 Winner

Jr. Noah Sturgeon, Lisbon, OH

Jr. Joe Billec, Canfield, OH

Jr. Terrence Miranda, Warren, OH

So. William Spencer, Youngstown, OH

So. Joe Kolesar, Canfield, OH

Team 2:

Sr. Aaron Robbins, Pittsburgh, PA

Sr. Collin Pope, Lowellville, OH

Sr. Alan Slavic, Struthers, OH

Sr. Ken Kopp, Struthers, OH

Sr. Dave Spay, Warren, OH

Jr. Kara Weeks, Youngstown, OH

Jr. Christopher Metzinger, Youngstown, OH

So. Albert Yates, McDonald, OH

Team 3:

Sr. Stephen Brown, Boardman, OH

Sr. Hope Hrabowy, Youngstown, OH

Sr. Levi Laird, Boardman, OH

Sr. Jake Marquis, East Palestine, OH

Jr. Anthony Musitano, Bessemer, PA

Jr. Adam Smith, Youngstown, OH 2017 Winner

So. Curtis Moses, Youngstown, OH

So. Drew Belan, Kent, OH


Each year, The Builders awards scholarships to YSU students who are studying for a career in construction. At the 2008 award ceremony, scholarship recipients expressed a desire to work on an actual building project, and The Builders created the event in response to the request. For more information about The Builders, visit