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Two Pitt Teams Finish in Top Three for Second Consecutive Year at Estimating Competition

PITTSBURGH (March 12, 2018) … Two teams from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering finished in second and third at the 2018 Student Estimating Competition presented by the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP).

“Last year our students came in first and third place at the inaugural competition, and they made a very competitive showing again this year,” said John T. Sebastian, professor of civil and environmental engineering. “Both performances speak to the caliber of our civil engineering students, and I expect to see our students continue to achieve at the top against their peers.”

Nine teams participated in the competition including students from Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, and Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg.  

As part of the competition, students received pre-job documents and attended a pre-bid meeting for a heavy-highway construction project. The teams spent the first day preparing bids and schedules. On the second day, they had 30 minutes to present their work and an explanation of how they arrived at their final bid to a panel of judges.

The judges were employees from Mosites Construction Company; Swank Construction Company; Michael Facchiano Contracting, Inc.; Plum Contracting, Inc.; The Lane Construction Corporation; Brayman Construction Corporation; and Joseph B. Fay Co.

Benedum Builders 2018

Benedum Builders, the second place team, included Pitt students (left to right): Sam Byrns, Michael Donato, Mason Unger, Katey Paraskiewicz, and Hanna Rugh.

Panther Estimators 2018

Panther Estimators, the third place team, included Pitt students (left to right): Alexa Silverman, Benjamin Kottler, Matthew Lane, Nathan Irwin, and Dominic Matarazzo.

 Benedum Builders received $1,000 for finishing in second place. A team from the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown took the top spot.

The Trumbull Corporation provided a job for the students to bid on, and Bill Woodford, retired Chief Estimator from Trumbull Corp., developed the structure of the competition.


Photo credit: Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP)

Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

Contact: Paul Kovach