Marietta, Ga. (Jan. 17, 2012) Nine students from the Construction Management Department, led by their advisor, Prof. Maureen Weidner, competed against 26 other teams across the nation this past fall to be selected in January as one of four finalists in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter Competition. SPSU beat out Purdue University, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Kansas State, and Penn State to land among the Final Four for the first time. The team will compete against the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Illinois State University, and California State University at Sacramento for the top prize of $5,000 at the MCAA National Convention on March 19 in Orlando, Fla. The journey to the Final Four began in early October at the 2011 MCAA Student Chapter Summit in San Francisco, at which chapters were invited to prepare and submit a proposal to retrofit a historic San Francisco building into the Asian Art Museum. Teams were also required to prepare a bid for a service and maintenance package on the building after completion of the construction. SPSU students worked diligently in preparing their submission, which was due in mid-December. At a meeting in early January, MCAA judges chose the top four best-scoring proposals. The finalists will deliver oral presentations on their submissions at the national convention. The SPSU MCAA Competition Team is comprised of: Trent Anderson (captain), Sean Barden, Daniel Epps, Billy Hancock, Larnell Jewell, Brian Nelson, Eric Pagan, Tyrone Sheffield and Charles Wall, For more information about the competition please visit the MCAA website.