What is the ASC Competition?
The competition is hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), a professional association of construction educators and industry practitioners working together for the development and advancement of construction education.
The actual competition is a two-day event. However, the competition is preceded by a travel day, check-in, reception dinner and career fair on Tuesday, October 22nd. Wednesday, October 23rd is referred to as “Game Day”, which begins with a hardy, early morning breakfast followed by a pre-proposal meeting with the division sponsor. The sponsoring company gives each team a Request-for-Proposal (RFP) for one of their current or completed projects. Each team consists of six students. The teams are required to prepare bids, develop schedules, consider value-engineering options, assess risk, prepare site/project-specific safety plan, develop quality and cost control procedures, respond to addenda and analyze quotes from fictitious subcontractors/vendors. The competition simulates a real-world bid development and construction management proposal. The written proposals must be submitted to the sponsors by the prescribed time at the end of Game Day.
Thursday, October 24th is “Presentation Day” during which teams are required to deliver an oral presentation to the judges from the sponsoring company. The Teams defend their bids, schedules, logistics and means and methods they propose to use on the project, site-specific safety plans, and essentially attempt to ‘sell’ their construction services to the sponsoring firm. Each student on the Team is expected to contribute to proposal development and the oral presentation. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session during which the judges will ask detailed and often challenging questions. The winners are determined and an awards ceremony is held at a banquet later that evening. However prior to the banquet after all of the oral presentations have been made, the project managers from the sponsoring firms conduct a “debriefing” to inform the students how the actual project was constructed. The debriefing also includes a question and answer period where students ask the questions. Finally, the place winners are announced at the banquet during the awards ceremony. The Hokie Teams will return to Blacksburg on Friday, October 25th and arrive home before dinner.
The teams are seeking assistance to cover the housing costs during this competition.