Builders to Host 2014 Construction Project Estimating Competition

Six veterans of the local construction community are ready to put their protégés to the test this week at the annual Builders Association Construction Estimating Competition. These mentors have met with civil and construction engineering technology students from Youngstown State University to mentor the students’ estimating skills.

On Friday, March 28, 10 of those YSU students will divide into two teams and will be 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. The team that most accurately completes the entire bid will be crowned the 2014 champs.

“We anticipate the same level of production this year as in other years,” said Builders Executive Vice-President Kevin Reilly. “Everyone involved in this Competition, from the judges to the YSU faculty to the students, are incredibly focused on what we are trying to achieve, and it shows with the excellent quality of the bids that each teams submits.”

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.

The featured 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. Teams will have a 20-minute bid defense discussion with judges (additional Builders members and construction executives).

Friday, March 28, 2014

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 get sequestered)
3:00 p.m. – Bids due
4:00 p.m. – Team interviews with judges
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and winner announced

YSU Moser Hall, Room 2400 (Dinner in the Jones Room in Kilcawley Center)

Dave Wendel, Adolph Johnson & Son Co.
Jim Bayer, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.
Ed Stevens, Stevens Masonry Construction, Inc.
Kyle Leonard, Imperial Glazing Concepts, Inc.
Chris White, Boak and Sons, Inc.
Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.

Craig Fauvie, Jack Gibson Construction Company
Joe DeSalvo, DeSalvo Construction Co., Inc.
Chris White, Boak and Sons, Inc.
Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons, Inc.
Howard Agueda, Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services
Ed Van Dusen, Van Dusen Construction Co.