MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter is one of four finalists in the MCAA Student Chapter Competition. This is the fourth straight year they have qualified and this year will be defending their national title. Twenty-four universities from across the U.S. and Canada submitted entries. Teams had to submit proposals on a project involving the installation of the HVAC and plumbing systems in the Pilot Plant Expansion at the Sports Protein Inc. facility in Chicago. Bidders were also encouraged to propose design features that exceed LEED Platinum requirements and a post-construction service component.

MSOE’s team will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., in March to present their proposals at MCAA’s national convention. They will compete against Sacramento State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and University of Maryland – College Park.

Tyler Mrowiec (MCAA student president), Haily Fernald (MCAA student vice president), Evan Crayford, Ray Schwalbe, Jason Stauber and Sami Wallace will give a 15-minute presentation and answer questions in front of a panel of mechanical contractors and conference attendees. Several other students worked on the proposal and will attend the conference and competition as alternates: Sarabeth Haworth, Rachel Lynde and Gretchen Toshach. Dr. Blake Wentz, associate professor and construction management program director in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the group’s advisor.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.