Builders Association to Hold 6th Annual Construction Estimating Competition

A group of our region’s top construction professionals are spending Friday, March 20, 2015 on the campus of Youngstown State University to hold the 6th Annual Builders Association Construction Estimating Competition.

For months, these contractors and businessmen worked with civil and construction engineering technology students from YSU to help the students build project estimating skills. 

On March 20, three teams of seven students each will be tasked with preparing a construction bid just as they would if they were working in the field. The project will be an actual job that was awarded to, and built by, a member of The Builders.

Each team will get a set of plans and specifications, a partially complete bid worksheet, labor costs, and unit costs. Teams must present a written, complete estimate, including take-offs, pricing, quote sheets, etc. The team that most accurately completes the entire bid will win the event.

Industry professionals are:

Howard Agueda, Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services
Jim Bayer, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.
Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.
Ed Van Dusen, Van Dusen Construction Co.
Craig Fauvie, ms consultants, inc.
Paul Johnson, Adolph Johnson & Son Co.
Kyle Leonard, Imperial Glazing Concepts, Inc.
Ed Stevens, Stevens Masonry Construction, Inc.
Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons 
Dave Wendel, Adolph Johnson & Son Co.
Chris White, Boak & Sons, Inc.

Student participants are:

Team 1:
Ryan Shetter, Jr., Struthers, OH
Gilbert Bucci, So., Pittsburgh, PA
Kim Lautanen, So., Burghill, OH
Seth McMillan, So., Youngstown, OH
Gage Michael, So., Erie, PA
Jordan Mulle, So., Dallas, PA
Blake Walker, So., Struthers, OH
Team 2:
Brett Cash, Sr., Columbiana, OH
Chris Beaman, So., New Castle, PA
Reynaldo Colon-Garcia, So., Edinburgh, PA
Ashley Ganyard, So., Niles, OH
Kevin Schofield, Fr., Warren, OH
Matthew Wright, So., Youngstown, OH
Adam Vincent, So., Canfield, OH

Team 3:
Robert Colbert, So., Youngstown, OH
James Harrison, So., Lowellville, OH
Luke Klingler, So., Franklin, OH
Greg Lipp, So., Rogers, OH
Danny Marker, So., Warren, OH
Clint Pullium, So., New Castle, PA
Dan Taylor, So., Pittsburgh, PA

The competition will be launched, judged, and based in YSU’s Moser Hall, Room 2400. 

8:00 a.m. – Distribution of materials
9:00 a.m. – Pre-Bid meeting with all teams in attendance
9:30 a.m. – Individual team bid creation begins (each team goes to a sequestered room)
3:00 p.m. – Bids due
4:00 p.m. – Team interviews with judges
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and winner announced - held at Jones Room in Kilcawley Center

The annual event began in 2009, and is student-driven. 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.