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Source: Kimberly Kramer, 785-532-5964, kramer@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

K-STATE CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE STUDENTS TIE FOR FIRST PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPETITION

MANHATTAN -- Four Kansas State University students in construction science and management tied for first place in a recent international concrete construction competition sponsored by the American Concrete Institute.

The team received $300 in prize money and $500 in travel support to attend the American Concrete Institute convention, March 15-19, in San Antonio, Texas, where they will present their problem results and receive the award.

The competition involved developing a proposal for the restoration of a pedestrian overpass in Houston, Texas. The proposal included a cost estimate, work plan and construction schedule to accomplish the work based on reference to the American Concrete Institute's Manual Concrete Practice. After receiving the problem, teams had seven days to come up with their solution. The entries were judged on clarity, technical quality and economy. K-State was one of 50 teams to compete in the international contest.

This was the seventh competition that the American Concrete Institute Construction Liaison Committee and the American Society of Concrete Contractors have conducted. K-State student teams from the department of architectural engineering and construction science, under the supervision of their faculty adviser, Kimberly Kramer, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, have competed in all seven contests. K-State teams have finished in the top three in six of the seven competitions, including three first-place finishes, the most wins by any university in the competition, according to Kramer.

Along with Kramer, providing assistance to the team was K-State's Richard Pikul, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science.

Team members, all seniors in construction science and management, include:

Matt Cline, Mission; Michael Clifford, Overland Park; Blake Brosa, Ozawkie, project manager; and Tyler Dehn, Wichita.