Builders Association Hosts YSU Future Constructors in 7th Annual Estimating Competition

Months of mentoring and practice will pay off on Friday, March 18, when our region’s future construction leaders go head-to-head in the 7th annual Builders Association Construction Estimating Competition.

Two dozen Youngstown State University civil and construction engineering technology students will spend the day creating a real-life construction bid document for an actual building project from Eastern Ohio that was built by a member of The Builders.

The competition will be launched, judged, and based in YSU’s Moser Hall, Room 2400. An awards dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Room in Kilcawley Center.

Starting with the distribution of materials at 8 a.m. and a pre-bid meeting at 9 a.m., four teams of students will analyze plans and specs, a partially-complete bid worksheet, labor costs and unit costs and create a complete written estimate. The packet will include items such as take-offs, 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-live bid will be declared the 2016 Competition Champions. This year’s judges are:

  • Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons
  • Howard Agueda, VEC, Inc.
  • Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.
  • Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.

Mentors, all 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. – 2015 CHAMP
  • Dave Wendel, Adolph Johnson & Son, Co.
  • Jason Gibson, Jack Gibson Construction Company
  • Ryan Hively, Hively Construction Company, Inc.
  • Ed Stevens, Stevens Masonry Construction, Inc.
  • Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.
  • Joe DeSalvo, DeSalve Constuction Co., Inc.
  • Kyle Leonard, Imperial Glazing Concepts, Inc.

Student participants are:

Team 1:

Senior James Harrison, Lowellville, OH

Junior Seth McMillan, Boardman, OH

Junior Jordan Mullen, Struthers, OH

Sophomore Stephen Brown, Boardman, OH

Sophomore Ron Bigley, Youngstown, OH

Sophomore Jake Marquis, East Palestine, OH

Sophomore Austin Snovak, Youngstown, OH 

Team 2:

Senior Robert Colbert, Youngstown, OH

Senior Ashley Ganyard, Warren, OH – 2015 CHAMP

Junior Luke Klingler, Blacklick, OH

Junior Mike McDonnell, Canfield, OH

Sophomore Hope Hrabowy, Youngstown, OH

Sophomore Aaron Robbins, Pittsburgh, PA

Sophomore Colton Blazek, Lake Milton, OH

Freshman Ron Brewer, Poland, OH

Team 3:

Senior Clint Pullium, New Castle, PA

Junior Matt Wright, Youngstown, OH – 2015 CHAMP

Junior Danny Marker, Warren, OH

Junior Shannon Moyers, Sebring, OH

Sophomore Gino Minnitti, Girard, OH

Sophomore Cody Bova, Struthers, OH

Sophomore Kyle Goff, Beaver, PA

Team 4:

Junior Adam Vincent, Canfield, OH – 2015 CHAMP

Junior Rey Colon-Garcia, Edinburg, PA – 2015 CHAMP

Junior Greg Lipp, Rogers, OH

Sophomore Nick Diloreto, East Liverpool, OH

Sophomore Mark Metzger, Cortland, OH

Freshman Jo-Lynn Campbell, Youngstown, 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.