Originally published February 15, 2012

A team of architectural engineering and construction management students from Milwaukee School of Engineering won the Preconstruction National Championship at the 25th annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition. Congratulations to the Preconstruction Team, which was coached by Dr. Jeong Woo, assistant professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. Team members are:

  • Matt Bakke, construction management major, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  • Chris Dublinski, construction management major, Naperville, Ill.
  • Jared Gothard, construction management major, Long Grove, Ill.
  • Josh Halvorsen (team captain), architectural engineering and construction management double major, West Dundee, Ill.
  • Cate Scholfield, construction management major, Wausau, Wis.
  • Nick Zamorski, architectural engineering and construction management double major, Waukesha, Wis.
  • Theodore Bulinski (alternate), construction management major, Minneapolis
  • Bryan Makatura (alternate), construction management major, Pen Argyle, Penn.

Since entering the competition in 1999, MSOE has had 17 top three places in national student competitions and eight national championship teams. No other university in the country has experienced the consistent level of success demonstrated by MSOE.

To win, MSOE competed against several universities, including Arizona State University, Auburn University, Boise State University, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, Cal Poly, University of Southern California and Washington State.

This year’s preconstruction problem was sponsored by PCL Construction Inc. Students were challenged to prepare a preconstruction proposal for $200 million Ritz Carlton Ski Resort in Veil, Colo. The team was required to submit three proposals including Phase I Prequalification, Phase II CM Proposal and Phase III Oral Presentation. These proposals included the construction estimate, schedule, site logistics plan, safety plan, constructability analysis and BIM solutions. PCL Construction judging panelists commented on the great job MSOE students on all evaluation criteria and the high caliber of students from MSOE at the competition. One of the judges commented that, “The MSOE team is the Yankees of Preconstruction.”

Bob Lemke, associate professor; Blake Wentz, assistant professor; and Larry Palank, adjunct professor, all in MSOE’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, helped the team by serving as critics. Alex Schmude ’11 CM, and GE Johnson mentored the team. The Walsh Group, Blake Wentz and Bill Scholfield provided financial support which allowed MSOE students to compete in the national competition this year.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; extremely high placement rates; and the highest starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.