The Department of Construction has participated in the ASC Great Lakes Regional Competition for several years. Each year, the ASC Great Lakes Region organizes regional and national open competitions in categories such as Commercial, Heavy Civil and Design Build. Student teams consisting of six members per team from participating schools compete in these categories. SIUE student teams participate in an after-hours program of training and practice in preparation for the competition.
The two-day competitions are designed to expose the students to the real-world experience of preparing proposals on a tight schedule. The competitions are aimed at testing the student's scheduling, estimating, project management, proposal preparation, and presentation skills. During the first day of the competition, the students are given a project and the entire day to estimate cost of selected line items, develop a schedule, and put together a bid proposal. Each student team is also responsible for identifying client concerns and developing a logistics schedule. Throughout the first day, the competition teams receive information regarding subcontractor pricing that they must consider, addenda regarding changes to the work, and must complete and submit various contract documents. At the end of the day, they submit their proposals to a panel of outside judges for their review. In the second day of the competition, each student team is required to develop a 20-minute presentation based on their work and present this to the panel of judges. SIUE students regularly place in the top three in regional and national competitions and more importantly gain valuable feedback from industry judges.