November 27, 2013

First-Place Finish for Construction Management Team

Left to right: Nate Nelson, Ian Ouellette, Haylee Bacik, Wes Taggett, Scott Sumner, Wil Nuccio, and Marc Perella

Six students from Wentworth’s Construction Management (BCMT) program recently finished in first place at the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction Region I student competition in the Commercial Building Division. The team members included Wes Taggett, Haylee Bacik, Marc Perella, Will Nuccio, Ian Ouellette, Nate Nelson, and Coach/Professor Scott Sumner.

The competition, held in Morristown, New Jersey, pitted 15 regional teams against each other. Teams looked at the Shaw Hall renovations taking place at Syracuse University and were charged with preparing a construction erection plan with more than 400 activities. Activities included a construction estimate and a constructability review of the project, as well as respective safety, staffing, and risk management plans.

"The students came together as a true team, and their enthusiasm and hard work resulted in a win," said Sumner. "It was a pleasure and honor being their coach."

The Pike Company, builders on the Shaw Hall project, served as competition judges. A formal presentation was required upon completion where the students had to defend their proposal.

Prior to the presentation, all teams were sequestered in a hotel room, with no internet access for 12 hours to prepare the required information using only their school and co-op experiences as a resource.

“The competition was an incredible experience for Wentworth CM.  The objective really forced our team to combine the education we gain in the classroom with the real world experience we get from our co-ops," said Wesley Taggett, Construction Management '14. "I believe our success came from not just our knowledge and background, but our ability to really drive those qualities in an extremely collaborative team environment.”

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