A team of students from the SPSU Construction Management (CM) Department won the national Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter Competition and a cash prize of $5,000 on March 19 in Orlando, Fla.
It was SPSU’s first time competing as one of the four finalists, the other institutions being the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Illinois State University and California State University at Sacramento. The competition took place during the MCAA National Convention, with teams making oral presentations before a panel of industry judges.
“This is a real coup and is testimony to the fine work that goes on within the CM program,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Zvi Szafran said in congratulating the team, its faculty advisor, Prof. Maureen Weidner, and CM Department Chair Khalid Siddiqi.
The SPSU MCAA Competition Team was captained by Trent Anderson and comprised Sean Barden, Daniel Epps, Billy Hancock, Larnell Jewell, Brian Nelson, Eric Pagan, Tyrone Sheffield and Charles Wall.
The journey to this victory began at the 2011 MCAA Student Chapter Summit in October 2011 in San Francisco, where students were invited to prepare and submit a proposal to retrofit a historic San Francisco building into the Asian Art Museum. In January, judges selected the four best submissions for the Orlando competition.