A team from Clemson University’s Construction Science and Management (CSM) department placed second in The Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) national competition for Integrated Project (IP) delivery held in Sparks, Nevada. The IP competition was one of 13 different student competitions hosted by ASC during the week of February 5, 2018, and the only national (open) one in which both graduate and undergraduate students can participate.
In the problem-solving IP competition, six graduate and undergraduate students from Clemson’s CSM department took on the role of an integrated project (IP) team engaged in constructing Salesforce Tower, an iconic new skyscraper in San Francisco. Only a team of graduate students from Stanford University outscored the Clemson students.
The teams were given drawings, specifications, contracts, and logs and were told that the project was behind schedule and over budget. They were tasked with resolving all owner issues associated with the project and developing a plan for bringing the project back on track. The students then developed plans to comply with owner requirements and communicated their plans of action to the judges through written reports and presentations.
The Clemson University team consisted of undergraduates Brady Coker, Stephen Parham and Cody Taylor; graduate students Naqib Hotak, Ben Thomas and Neeharika Vijayarao; and alternates David Monroe and Denise Adjidjonu. Dr. Shima Clarke, Construction Science and Management professor and graduate coordinator, coached the team.
Other teams that competed in the integrated project national competition, which was sponsored by Clark Construction Company, included: Arizona State University, Auburn University, Cal Poly-San Louis Obispo, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Fullerton, University of California-Berkeley, University of Denver, University of Nebraska, and University of Southern California.