Annual Construction Project Estimating Competition Results

Six students from the Youngstown State University are this year’s winners of The Builders Association’s 6th Annual Estimating Competition. Jim Bayer, of DeSalvo Construction Company, mentored the winning team of:
  • Brett Cash – Senior from Columbiana, OH
  • Ashley Ganyard – Sophomore from Niles, OH
  • Kevin Schofield – Freshman from Warren, OH
  • Adam Vincent – Sophomore from Canfield, OH
  • Reynaldo Colon-Garcia – Sophomore from Edinburgh, PA
  • Matthew Wright – Sophomore from Youngstown, OH
The six students represented one of three teams participating in the Competition, held for civil and construction engineering technology students at Youngstown State University.

Teams were given a real-life construction project to analyze and prepare a construction bid just as they would if they were working in the actual industry. Teams were mentored by members of The Builders for months prior to the event, but on the day of the competition, students were on their own to create an actual bid for a construction project. Each team received a set of plans and specifications, a partially complete bid worksheet, labor costs, and unit costs. Teams each presented a written, complete estimate, including take-offs, pricing, quote sheets, etc., and then conducted a 20-minute bid defense discussion with judges.

This is the sixth year for the competition, an idea that was originally suggested by YSU students. 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. This Competition has been every year since then.


Photo to the right:  Front row: Ashley Ganyard, Kevin Schofield, Matthew Wright, Adam Vincent. Back row: Howard Agueda – 2015 Builders Association President, Christian Conzett, DeSalvo Construction Co. Project Manager, Brett Cash.
Not pictured: Reynaldo Colon-Garcia