PITTSBURGH (Feb. 12, 2020) — A student team from the
University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering placed first in the 4th
Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) Student Estimating Competition,
held Feb. 6-8, 2020, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.
The competition asked student teams to think like a
construction company and bid on a heavy-highway construction project. Students
received pre-job documents and attended a pre-bid meeting before they were
asked to prepare bids and a schedule. The teams turned in their packages before
5 p.m. on Friday and had 30 minutes the following day to present their bid and
process to a panel of judges.
Nine teams from five universities in the region—Carnegie
Mellon University, Penn State University, Penn State University at Harrisburg,
the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh at
Johnstown—participated in the competition, with two teams hailing from Pitt and
one from Pitt Johnstown.
Benedum Builders team members Paul Amicucci, Anthony Gansor,
Russell Jacobs, Mason Hill, Patrick Schorr, and Brandon McDermott, took home a
$1,500 prize for first place. The Brain Storm Troopers, from Pitt at Johnstown,
“We appreciate CAWP and the industry mentors for providing
this Estimating Competition opportunity to our students for the fourth straight
year,” says John Sebastian, McKamish Director of Construction Management
Program at Pitt. “The competition provided not only a realistic experience for
the students but also a chance to interact with professionals in the industry.
A networking opportunity as well as a competition, teams
were invited to participate in a career fair and industry presentations when
not presenting their bids. Representatives from local construction companies
served as judges for the competition, including Swank Construction Company,
Independence Excavating, Michael Facchiano Contracting, Trumbull Corporation,
Mascaro Contracting and Brayman Construction Corporation.
Pitt’s teams were mentored by members of Independence Excavating
and i+iconUSA, a construction company led by Swanson School alumnus Lester
The CAWP developed the Student Estimating Competition to
encourage students to understand the benefits and opportunities the
heavy-highway construction industry has to offer. CAWP, established in 1934, is
a non-profit organization that assists workers in the heavy, highway and
utility construction industry and improves relationships between contractors,
their employees and the general public.
Maggie Pavlick, 2/12/2020
Contact: Maggie Pavlick