CAWP hosted the 7th Annual CAWP Student Estimating Competition February 10-11, 2023. Ten teams from six universities participated in this competition, which was developed to showcase the benefits and opportunities the heavy-highway construction industry has to offer. It was an exciting two days with teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University – Harrisburg, Penn State University – University Park, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and West Virginia University participating in the competition.
Prior to the competition kick-off, the student teams received initial competition instructions and information on Thursday night. On Friday, the teams were given pre-job documents and attended a pre-bid meeting. The teams then spent the day preparing their bids and schedule. There was a race to the finish as teams submitted their bids and supporting documents at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, the teams were allotted 30 minutes to present their process and an explanation of how they arrived at their final bid to a panel of judges. Students also had the opportunity to attend a career fair and industry presentations after they completed their presentations. At the end of the day, scores from both the actual bid and the presentation were combined to determine the winning teams of the competition.COMPETITION PHOTOS
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Past Estimating Competition Students Share How Competition Led to Careers
Former CAWP Student Estimating Competition participants, currently employed by CAWP members, share their insight on how the competition gave them an edge with making industry connections, gaining valuable experience, and advancing into careers. In addition, both Seymour and Uric currently serve on the CAWP CLC Steering Committee.
Read more about their experience with the competition and how being involved directly benefited their professional development.
Thank you to the following team advisors, who put in weeks of work behind the scenes and with the student teams in preparation for this event.
Carnegie Mellon University
Brian Westrom, Fay, S&B USA
Penn State University – University Park
Evan Ring, Brayman Construction Corporation
Brett Fellers, Kaden McGregor, Advantage Steel & Construction
Penn State University – Harrisburg
Paul Boggs, Trumbull Corporation
University of Pittsburgh
Joe Neubert, Independence Excavating
Tony Colella, Independence Excavating
Kurt Karanovich, Kokosing
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Josh Fetcko, Plum Contracting, Inc.
West Virginia University
Kurt Karanovich & Kevin Christy, Kokosing
Thank you to the following competition judges for volunteering their time and expertise to evaluate the student teams in their presentations.
Erik Bertrand, Mosites Construction Company
Harry Hardman, Trumbull Corporation
Paul Hartley, Fay S&B USA
Russ Hathaway, Michael Facchiano Contracting, Inc.
Rich Mannarino, Brayman Construction Corporation
Brian Reitz, Mascaro Contracting, LP
Frank Zottola, Independence Excavating
Thank you to the following CAWP members for providing industry presentations to the students.
Allie Chornick, Mascaro Construction
Shawn Tunstall, Tunstall Engineering
Greg Franz, Trumbull Corporation
Evan Ring, Trumbull Corporation
Josh Fetcko, Plum Contracting
Brian Westrom, Fay S&B USA
Thank you to the following CAWP members for attending the career fair.
Fay S&B USA
Golden Triangle Construction
Mascaro Contrracting, LP
Trumbull Corporation/Gulisek/Lindy Paving