YSU Students Showcase their Skills in 5th Annual Construction Project Estimating Competition

Youngstown State University students who are studying to become the regionís next construction professionals competed recently in the annual Builders Association Estimating Competition.†

The winners included Pat Circelli, Kyle Monceaux, Sydney DeMarco, Ryan Shetter, and Josh Rupe. These five students are enrolled in the civil and construction engineering technology program 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. This year the students worked on a bid for the St. Elizabeth Cancer Care Center, a project completed by Jack Gibson Construction Co.†

YSU faculty advisors Carol Lamb and Bob Korenic and a team from the regional construction community worked with the students 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. This year, Dave Wendell from Adolph Johnson & Son Co., was the mentor for the winning team.

Additional Builders members and construction professionals who volunteered as mentors for the 2014 event were:
  • 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.
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. Judging this yearís competition were:
  • Craig Fauvie, Jack Gibson Construction Company
  • Chris White, Boak and Sons, Inc.
  • Dan Terreri, Daniel A. Terreri & Sons, Inc.
  • Howard Agueda, Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services
All students received gift certificates from Panera Bread, courtesy of Covelli Enterprises. In addition, the winning students each received a $50 gift certificate for the YSU bookstore. The Builders Association and Youngstown State University would also like to express their thanks to En-Ser Reprographics for donating the plan documents used during the event.

This is the fifth 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.

Pictured in the photo:
Front Row - Sydney DeMarco and Pat Circelli
Back Row - Paul Johnson, Josh Rupe, Ryan Shetter, and Craig Fauvie
Not Pictured - Kyle Monceaux and Dave Wendel