CM Brings home 10 awards from ASC Region 6 & 7

Mar 3, 2020

Back row: Skylar Shrank - Tyler Morales - Shaina Suanico - Andrew Kline (coach). Front row: Marco Reza (co-captain) - Will Myers - Avery Spector (captain) - Parker Doshier - Sophie Stewart.


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management (CM) students brought home 10 awards, including six first-place trophies, in their best showing ever at the 2020 Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Student Competition.

The Cal Poly teams earned more than twice as many awards as their nearest competitor with six first-place trophies, two second-place awards, one third-place award, and an award for best presentation at the competition, held in early February in Sparks, Nevada.

They completed against 1,540 students on 207 teams from more than 50 U.S. universities, including Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Montana State University, Oregon State University, Purdue, the U.S. Air Force Academy, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Virginia Tech, Washington State, and others.

Cal Poly construction management students have been competing in the ASC region 6 and 7 competition since its inception in 1988. Their impressive success at the 2020 competition marks their best year yet.

“This very special achievement by our students is a testament to the success of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology,” said Jeong Woo, Construction Management department head. “It also reflects the high-quality classroom teaching our students receive. No other CM program in the country was able to match this team record of 10 awards, including six first-place wins.”

The student teams spend months preparing for the competition, working under the guidance of faculty coaches and team sponsors, many of whom are Cal Poly alumni.

“It is a valuable learning activity,” Woo said. “The competition provides opportunities for our students to gain practical knowledge by working with their peers on the problems provided by the competition judges. This helps our students broaden their horizons and decide what they want to do after graduation.”

The six first-place teams include the Commercial, Concrete, Electrical, Heavy-Civil, Preconstruction, and Project Management teams. The Mixed-Use Team and Mechanical Team placed second, the Integrated Project Delivery Team placed third, and the Sustainability Team won the Best Presentation Award.

“Taking home first place in the ASC Commercial competition was the highlight of my Cal Poly construction management career,” said Avery Spector, captain of the Commercial team. She and teammates Parker Doshier, Marco Reza and Will Myers started preparing last May.

“As the team captain, I found it challenging to keep everyone engaged with such a long practice period,” Spector said. “With four returning team members, we worked collaboratively and with more composure this year during the competition, which is very hard when you’ve been seated at a computer for 20 hours and are watching your second sunrise in a row together.

“I am so thankful for the supportive and hardworking community that I’ve found in the Cal Poly construction management program.”

Woo also credited industry partners for maintaining close relationships with the faculty and students and providing financial support to the department.

“Our friends in industry not only provide much-needed funds for a variety of purposes,” Woo said. “They also visit campus, meet with students and help our teams succeed.”

Cal Poly’s winning teams and students are:

First Place

· Commercial Team Members: Parker Doshier, Tyler Morales, Will Myers, Marco Reza, Avery Spector (captain) and Shaina Suanico. Alternates: Skylar Schrank and Sophie Stewart. Faculty coaches Phillip Barlow and Andrew Kline.

· Concrete Solutions Team Members: Grace Brekke, Peter Finocchio, Gavin Griffin (captain), Jack Radovan, Tim Smith and Sterling Treloar. Alternates: Thomas Rogers and Jackson Thomas. Faculty coaches Bryan Knakiewicz and Daniel Knight.

· Electrical Team Members: Emily Bohannon, Giovanni Dal Canto (captain), Ryan Fiorio, Nicholas Gairaud, Andreas Rasmussen and James Ziebell. Alternates: Miriam Robles and Amanda Schrader. Faculty coaches Joseph Cleary, Tom Kommer, Paul Redden and Lonny Simonian.

· Heavy-Civil Team Members: Kyler Cruz, Ryan Nielson, Justin Reno, Tony Roberts (captain), Logan Smith and Sean Stratton. Alternates: Amanda Kaesler and Courtney Martin. Faculty coaches Edward Boucher, Bryan Knackiewicz and Paul Redden.

· Preconstruction Team Members: Gerald Charette (co-captain), Kyra Glaus, Garrett Henley, Billy Markham (co-captain), Cole Murrin and Shay O'Laughlin. Alternates: Molly Bobrovitch and Jane Runte. Faculty coaches Paul Redden, Greg Starzyk and Jeong Woo.

· Project Management Team Members: Kirk Arena, Josh De Mattei, Makenna Gitchell, Collin Martin (captain), Reagan Milligan and Alex Trujillo. Alternates: Sophie Harrington and Molly Pryde. Faculty coaches Dan Knight and Greg Starzyk.


Second Place

· Mixed Use Team Members: Adam Alvarez (captain), Jacob Clark, Sebastian Froman, Ashley Isla, Matt Langbehn and Ryan Proctor. Alternates: Keagan Coyne and Lizette Galvez. Faculty coaches Scott Kelting, Andrew Kline and Stacy Kolegraff.

· Mechanical Team Members: Howard Duong, Ramon Hernandez, Kian Kemp, Jordan King (captain), Jeremy Miller and Jonathan Rosete. Alternates: John Camacho and Carson Ernst. Faculty coaches Joseph Cleary, Paul Redden and Lonny Simonian.

Third Place

· Integrated Project Delivery Team Members: Josh Brouwer, Robbie Courtney, Karl Heuchert, Evan McCollough, Andres Nasr-Church (captain) and Jesus Pena. Alternates: Eric Cedestrom and Michael Knoechel. Faculty coaches Jason Hailer and Tom Kommer.

Best Presentation

· Sustainability Team Members: Brad Burfield, Grayson Farnham, Danielle Moody, Jonathan Ott (captain), Gannon Van Sickle and Madeleine Zetterquist. Alternates: Isabella Crafton and Hailey Lancaster. Faculty coaches Scott Kelting and Stacy Kolegraff.

About Cal Poly’s Construction Management Program:

The Construction Management Department - soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary - is one of the most respected programs in the country. With more than 500 full-time students, it prepares graduates to lead project teams of other professionals in the completion of complex infrastructure projects. These graduates are actively recruited by more than 200 firms spanning the globe.

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Student Teams Place at ASC Region 3 Competition

Oct 25, 2019

Concrete Solutions, Electrical, Preconstruction, Project Management Teams




Cal Poly construction management (CM) competed in four open national categories, and placed in three, at the 2019 Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 Division Competition in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Preconstruction, and Project Solutions teams earned first-place trophies, while the Electrical team earned second at the competition, held Oct. 16-19.


"This year's victories were all the more impressive knowing that 19 of the 24 students were competing in Chicago for their very first time. This competition was entirely new to them, but they mastered it like experienced veterans."


ASC Region 3 includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The competition’s seven categories are open to ASC Region 3 schools; four categories are open to teams from any ASC-affiliated school in the nation.  


"ASC competitions are the culmination of what the construction management major is. Region 3 Chicago in particular is such a time crunch. Not only are you to apply everything you've learned through your courses and internships, but you must also do it in 14 hours,” said Preconstruction Team Captain Billy Markham. “The Preconstruction competition requires the team to submit an RFP for a project introduced the morning of [the competition]- completely new to the teams. The amount of work to be done in the short amount time forces teams to delegate and depend on their members, but at the same time work together to create a seamless finished product. Its really amazing how much work gets done when stuck in a hotel room with some determined and driven teammates for 14 hours."


For complete competition results, go to

For photos and more information about Cal Poly’s teams, go to


Rachell Smith Joins CCCE

Jun 13, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Rachell Smith has been named program manager of the California Center for Construction Education (CCCE), an educational outreach unit in Cal Poly’s Construction Management (CM) Department. 

A primary goal of the CCCE is to establish and sustain high levels of engagement with the architecture, engineering and construction industry. In her new role, Smith will serve as the connector between student studies, the construction management faculty, and industries serving the built environment.

“As the point person for the construction industry at Cal Poly, I look forward to building connections between the industry and our students in a way that is mutually beneficial,” Smith said. “I have grown up in the construction management industry — my first coloring books were literally blue prints! But most importantly, I am rooted in this industry, the SLO community, and Cal Poly.”

As a third-generation Mustang and graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in graphic design and a minor in graphic communication, Smith is familiar with the Cal Poly community. She is also the daughter of a construction management alumnus. Post-graduation, Rachell worked in advertising in San Francisco before returning to San Luis Obispo to work for a multi-media company. 

Her most recent San Luis Obispo-based position was with Collaboration Business Consulting, where she managed a portfolio of more than 500 small- to medium-sized businesses and acted as their advocate and liaison. During her tenure at Collaboration, Smith built strong relationships within the construction/manufacturing industries in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. 

Smith’s strengths lie in her innate ability to build long-lasting relationships with strategic partners, community leaders and key stakeholders, and she is eager to find creative ways to bring key people together. 

"Rachell brings a wide breadth of skills to the CCCE and the CM Department that will enhance our industry connections and further student success,” said Scott Kelting, Ed.D., Cal Poly construction management professor. “We are fortunate to have Rachell on the team."

Smith can be reached at (805) 756-1723 or, and connect with her on LinkedIn:

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Spring 2019 Great Grads Featuring CM's Sherry Saroufeem

Jun 7, 2019


As a high school student in Cairo, Egypt, Sherry Saroufeem knew she wanted to study construction management. She just didn’t know where — certainly that it would be halfway across the world at a school known for Learn by Doing.

“I was very intrigued by ‘Learn by Doing,’ said the 22-year-old, who chose Cal Poly based on its reputation as “one of the top schools — if not the best school — for her major. ‘I’m a doer’ is what my Mom always says about me. I just like to do things instead of talking about it.”

Saroufeem, who was born in Iowa but raised in Egypt, plunged into campus life from orientation, from taking part in Week of Welcome in her first year to returning as a WOW leader. She also was eager to work with the campus chapter of Associated Students of Construction Management, which serves as the umbrella organization hosting activities and events for 10 campus chapters and clubs.

“My freshman year I hopped on the board,” she said. “I didn’t really have a position — I just helped out with all their events. Then, starting second year, I got a position and moved up to different positions and ultimately to president this year.”

She developed an interest in construction from her mother, an Egyptian physician who began flipping houses.

Last December, Saroufeem was part of a Habitat for Humanity Global Village team project to build three small houses in a village near Bangalore, India. Her team dug and poured foundations (by hand) for the homes.

“I wanted the capstone of my college educational experience to reflect a hands-on approach,” she said. “The project left a huge impact on my personal life and has propelled me with a greater passion for starting my career in the construction industry. I believe it is important for everyone to use their talents and education, applying it to a place where construction education is lacking and resources are minimal.”

Saroufeem also made a difference during this year’s Associated Schools of Construction regional competition, featuring a dozen categories, in Reno, Nevada. As captain, she knew that her Mixed-Use team was an underdog.

“The last time we had placed — either first, second or third — was the year before I came to Cal Poly,” she said.

The competition is based on a real-world construction project that includes “all the plans, specifications and everything,” she added, “and a binder full of problems.” Teams have just a day to estimate the project costs, all materials needed and schedule all tasks necessary from start of construction to finish.

Her team worked through the night and the next morning made its presentation to a panel of industry professionals. The result? “We won,” she said.

The skills Saroufeem honed at that competition will be put to use at her new job as a field engineer for Sundt Construction Inc. — one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. She begins her career in San Diego in August.

Among the takeaways she’ll bring to the job are the leadership skills she developed at Cal Poly and the professional contacts she made.

“We had companies come in every single day of the week — presenting about their companies, basically telling us, ‘Hey, do you want to work for us?’ she said. “You’re pretty much guaranteed to get a job at this point — the industry is booming. But having that opportunity to network with others and know everyone in the industry, honestly, I think it’s the best thing.”

Leaving Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo is bittersweet, however, because of “the friendships and the communities that I’ve built,” Saroufeem said.

“I moved here when I was 18,” she said. “I have a lot of family in California, but coming to San Luis Obispo I knew absolutely no one. I can say confidently that I’m leaving this place knowing that I’ve made the closest group of friends that I think is just as close-knit as my family is.”

CM Welcomes Dr. Jeong Woo as Department Head

May 9, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Dr. Jeong Woo has been appointed Department Head of the Construction Management Department, effective Fall 2019. Dr. Woo will succeed Dr. Allan Hauck, who will retire in July and continue teaching part-time.

Dr. Woo holds a Master's degree in Construction Management and Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University. His undergraduate degree was earned in Architectural Engineering from Kyung Won University.

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Dr. Woo has directed the Construction Management Program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) since 2014 and has served as a faculty member there for the past 12 years. He has been an active coach of winning ASC and DBIA regional and national competition teams. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate CM courses including Construction Methods, Estimating, Scheduling, BIM, Project Management, and Senior Design-Build Studio.

He has consulted and worked for a wide variety of construction and design firms, most recently with Autodesk developing online curricula for Autodesk Design Academy. Much of his early career was spent as an estimator and project engineer for major international projects. Dr. Woo has been very successful at attracting major research and development grants, recently in the area of developing Net Zero Energy projects and Smart Grid innovations. He is an active scholar who has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Woo is excited to join Cal Poly because of great faculty, staff, and students who embrace the legacy of “Learn by Doing”. He says, “I am looking forward to meeting everyone at Cal Poly and building a stronger community of teaching and learning for the future”.

NAHB Wins 3rd Place at National Convention

Mar 7, 2019

The NAHB Student Chapter at Cal Poly won third place in the Four-Year College category of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Competition held at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

More than 67,000 home building professionals from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted the 75th anniversary of the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 19-21. IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once again combined for the annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW), which drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees.

Exhibit space for IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology. In all, DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. Many of the exhibitors noted the increased foot traffic this year.

Next year, IBS and Design & Construction Week will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 21-23, 2020.

Fifty-seven teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition.

“Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at Cal Poly,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. “They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from land development to marketing to scheduling to estimating.” During the competition, students solve real-life construction management problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. [Please insert quote from team captain or advisor about the significance to the team of participating in the competition and winning.]

“The NAHB Student Advisory Board is proud that the competition has evolved into a prestigious event for the participants, their schools and the building industry,” said Justin Honey, faculty member at Pittsburg University and chairman of the NAHB Student Chapters Advisory Board. “Students will remember the competition for the rest of their lives. The judges were impressed with this year’s group, and we expect once again that the participants will be highly sought after when it comes to job offers,” said competition consultant, Dianne Slattery, Ph.D., Slattery Consulting.

Scott Kelting Wins National Award

Feb 25, 2019

Cal Poly Faculty Member Wins Outstanding Education Award at International Builders Show

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management faculty member Scott Kelting was awarded the Outstanding Education Award by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters program.

The award recognizes and encourages high-quality standards in teaching construction education. Educators are recognized for their voluntary extracurricular activities, including those with construction industry organizations, as well as their construction experience and professional initiatives.

“This is a well-deserved award for Dr. Kelting,” Construction Management Department Head Allan Hauck said. “He has led our efforts in developing innovative coursework related to the housing industry and the construction management practices for residential development. His students recognize Scott’s expertise in these areas and appreciate his dedication to this field.”

Kelting, who has taught at Cal Poly since 2007, serves as faculty advisor to the Real Property Development Minor, the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, and the NAHB and Associated Schools of Construction student competition teams. Kelting’s research and professional development is focused on housing, and he has published a text book on residential construction and materials.

Kelting received the award at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in February.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach with Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy and have an impact on students’ careers,” Kelting said.


About Cal Poly’s Construction Management Program

The Construction Management Department — which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 — is one of the most respected programs in the country. With more than 500 full-time students, it prepares graduates to lead project teams of other professionals in the completion of complex infrastructure projects. These graduates are actively recruited by more than 200 firms spanning the globe.

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CM Places Five Times in ASC Region 6&7

Feb 25, 2019

Front L-R: Alyssa Mathias and Sherry Saroufeem 
Back L-R: Adam Alvarez, Austin Logan,Ryan O'Neill, and Dante Feliciano

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at National Competition


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors and took home more trophies than any other university at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Reno, Nevada. Five out of 12 Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories.


Cal Poly students earned first in the Concrete, Heavy Civil, and Mixed Use categories; and third in the Commercial and Project Management categories. Concrete and Project management were national awards, while Commercial, Heavy Civil, and Mixed Use were regional.


A total of 197 teams from 49 universities competed in this year’s competition, held Feb. 6-9. A record-high 1,463 construction management students (including alternates) participated in the competition, including 96 Cal Poly students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 31 years.


“The ASC Competiton provides an unrivaled opportunity for students to display their knowledge in a format which is as challenging as it is rewarding. We would encourage students to get involved as early as possible and look forward to seeing the future successes of Cal Poly as proud alumni of the Construction Management Department.,” said first place Concrete Team Captains Harrison Woods and Tony Pellegrini. “We would like to thank the Construction Management Department's faculty and professors for their tireless devotion to student success. Additionally, we would like to thank our Industry Sponsors and coaches for their incredible support and willingness to aid in our team's preparation.”


Construction Management Department Head Al Hauck added: “The ASC student competitions are the most impressive example of student professional development in our department. The students are asked to solve realistic technical and management problems similar to what they will experience in their careers. Once again this year, the department provided this opportunity for nearly 100 of our students on 12 teams thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters. We appreciate their ongoing support.”


This year ended with a bang as the students ended up snowed in for two days following the competition. “Some of us spent time celebrating, some focused on keeping up with school work, and others took advantage of the time to rest and catch up on sleep,” said Project Management Team member Katie Love. “We had enough time to socialize with people, not just from other Cal Poly teams, but teams from other schools, something that did not happen much during the competition. As much as our team members each did our own thing, we still found time to spend together to celebrate the end of the competition.”


For complete competition results, go to


For more information about Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and to see photos of the winning teams, go to

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