BYU CM students place second in national competition

Four construction management students from Brigham Young University placed second in the safety category at the National Construction Management Student Competition in November.

The team from BYU consisted of seniors Ashley Ehardt, Greg Schmidt, Amy Umstead and Christian Maxwell. They competed against 23 other teams from around the nation in developing a proposal for a Discovery Museum in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“These competitions are the closest to a real life situation that we can get as students,” Schmidt said. “Along with being an amazing experience, the competitions are a great way to network with industry professionals and acquire internships and future employment.”

The competition, hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association, required students to develop an estimate, schedule, project management plan, safety plan and quality control plan for the project. The students had six weeks to work on the proposal before submitting it to be judged.

As a result of the competition, Schmidt secured a job following his graduation in April. His interaction with the judges persuaded him to accept a job offer that he had previously received.

According to Justin Weidman, the team’s faculty advisor, these competitions are invaluable to students and many companies look at the participants as future leaders in the industry. He said that it provides a capstone experience that allows students to utilize all of the skills they have learned over their coursework.


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