UALR students take 2nd place in Dallas competition

UALR students won second place in the Heavy Civil Division at the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition in Dallas. From left to right are Joseph Eggburn, Austin Anderson, William Duncanson, Coach Larry Blackmon, Drew Potter, Ryan Hix, and Dylan Singleton.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock students took second place in the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition held Feb. 13-15 in Dallas.

The winning team, led by Larry Blackmon, faculty coach, represented the UALR Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering.

UALR students Austin Anderson, of Greenbrier, Arkansas; William Duncanson, of Nassau, Bahamas; Joseph Eggburn, of Sheridan, Arkansas; Ryan Hix, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Drew Potter, of North Little Rock; and Dylan Singleton, of Greenbrier, represented UALR in the Heavy Civil Division.

Sophomore Joseph Eggburn was also recognized as the third best presenter in the Heavy Civil Division.

The division consisted of 42 students from seven schools competing across a four-state region.

“UALR can be very proud of the effort of the team and the hard work that they did competing against top universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma,” said Michael Tramel, department chair and professor of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering.

The competition involved a 16-hour estimating, bidding, and scheduling portion.

The construction problem involved delivering a bid for a water reclamation facility in Fort Worth, Texas, under construction by McCarthy Building Company, who served as the corporate sponsor for the event.

Major aspects of the project included excavation, pipe installation, and concrete structures. The students were graded on pricing, subcontractor selection, safety, and scheduling.

The team earned second place with a bid of $14.8 million. McCarthy estimated the project at $16.2 million.

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