Poly, San Luis Obispo -- May 02, 2001
Cal Poly Architecture Student Team Wins National
Imagine having to propose, design, estimate and schedule the construction
of an $80 million medical center in just 16 hours to win a national
That's what Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design
student team did in Nashville, Tenn., against six of the nation's top
In only their second year of competing in the National Associated Schools
of Construction/Associated General Contractors National Student Competition,
"Cal Poly Solutions Incorporated," an interdisciplinary student
team, affirmed the effectiveness of the Cal Poly "learn-by-doing"
philosophy by taking first place in the Design-Build category.
Organized by the Construction Management Department, teams were sent
to compete in the Design-Build and Commercial categories. To qualify
for the competition, both teams placed first out a field of 13 schools
at the regional competition held in Reno, Nev.
The first day of the competition, the team prepared a conceptual design,
budget, construction schedule, management plan and "value engineering"
alternatives for a 450,000-square-foot medical facility with an $80
million budget. The next day the team prepared their presentation materials
and graphics, and the following morning presented their proposal to
The design was reviewed by five professional project managers and architects.
Steve Jenneman of McCarthy Construction in St. Louis, sponsor of the
competition, described the Cal Poly team project as "the most comprehensive,
most balanced proposal among all those submitted." McCarthy was
the designer-builder of the actual medical facility project in Aurora,
Cal Poly team advisor Assistant Construction Management Professor Barbara
Jackson considered the victory one for the construction management program
and the entire college.
"The national title says volumes for the education that students
get from Cal Poly and our interdisciplinary collaborative environment.
The seamless team cooperation was the key to our success, and it's the
magic of design-build."
Members of the Cal Poly Solutions Incorporated team are Bill Armstrong,
a construction management senior from Carmichael; Carrie Baughn, architecture
senior, Vista; Steve Brenson, construction management senior, San Dimas;
Bill Grider, architecture senior, Fresno; Jennifer Ingel, architectural
engineering senior, Granada Hills; and Andy Kutzner, construction management
"We really made it a user-friendly facility that incorporated the
staff's needs as well," says team member Ingel. "We even put
the patients' parking spaces, not the doctors', in front of the building
in our layout."
The design-build construction technique is known as a "master builder
approach," and includes the architect and builder working together
as a team with the owner from the earliest design stages through the
final construction project.
"With the ever-increasing demand for construction projects in California,
the members of Cal Poly Solutions Incorporated are sure to be creating
solutions for future design-build challenges," Jackson said.