The Department of Construction has participated in the ASC Great Lakes Regional Competition for several years. A host school in the region organizes competitions in Commercial, Heavy Civil and Design Build categories every fall. Student teams consisting of six (6) members per team from participating schools compete in these categories. The SIUE student teams are made up of student volunteers that 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 bid 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, all of their work is collected into a notebook which is turned into a panel of outside judges at midnight 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.