ASC Region 8 Team Receives Honorable Mention
Cal Poly CM Department Sent four students to Reading, UK to compete in the ASC Region 8 Competition. Unlike the other ASC Regions the department competes in (notably Region 6/7 and 3), this competition allowed for a team of four students instead of six and pit them against teams from schools around the world.
Professor Lonny Simonian went as their coach and states that, "Our team performed admirably and the students represented Cal Poly exceptionally well. Although not selected for one of the three final presentations, Cal Poly and Oklahoma Sate were the only two exclusively US teams receiving an honorable mention (placing fourth or fifth), the students were widely congratulated for their runner-up position. Whitney Bevan (ASC Region 8 host) praised our students for their work and mentioned that the selection of the final three teams was much more difficult than anticipated. Cal Poly and OS were the only US schools specifically given public accolades and singularly noted for their achievement."
The students all commented that this international competition was a great learning experience and remarked how distinctly different it was from both the Region 7 and Region 3 ASC competitions. For example ASC Region 8 only hosts a single competition across all categories as opposed to ASC region 6 & 7 which offers twelve categories.
The project was a seven building complex consisting of 649 student bedrooms along with a facilities management and reception building. There were a number of challenges associated with the project, and various health and safety issues that required attention. Prefabrication was used extensively to meet aggressive schedule requirements.
The aim was, as much as possible, to fit together components on the day of delivery. Panels were lifted from delivery lories straight into position onto the new buildings, which helped create a very tidy site with minimal space required for material storage.
This is the second year that the CM Department has fielded a Region 8 team.
For more information on the Region 8 competition, go to: http://region8.ascweb.org/