CM Students Win in Nevada

Mar 11, 2015

Mechaniacal team wins first place
The Mechanical Team wins first place.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at Regional Competition

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

Cal Poly students took first in the Mechanical category; second in the Mixed Use, Design Build and Marine Construction categories; and third in the Heavy Civil, Concrete, and Risk Management divisions.

A total of 178 teams from 43 universities competed in this year’s competition. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 28 years. This year a record 30 percent of Cal Poly’s construction management students participated in the competition.

“The ASC competitions are invaluable to students’ career development. There’s nothing in the country that compares with it,” said Al Hauck, head of the Construction Management Department. “The Reno competition attracts up to 1,400 students, who further their education, gain professional development and benefit from networking.”


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Cal Poly Students Rank High at Construction Management Competition

Feb 13, 2015


SAN LUIS OBISPO – An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students captured second place in the four-year college category at the recent 2015 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition.

The competition has become a highlight of the annual International Builders’ Show. At this year’s Las Vegas event, 54 teams participated, representing NAHB student chapters at universities, community colleges and high schools from across the country.

The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction management problem by completing a land acquisition proposal. During the convention students present their proposals and defend their projects in front of a panel of industry experts.

Cal Poly’s proposal included market research and sales strategy, product and site design, green building initiatives, land development, estimates, schedules, and a financial analysis.

“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.”

Cal Poly team members included construction management students Josh Gleason and Eric Sanchez, architecture student Derik DeLonzor, business students Chris Bet and Anna Costa, and city and regional planning student Darya Oreizi. Business student Scott Heath and construction management student Nick Gibson also assisted with preparing the proposal.

Bet acted as team captain and was also recognized as an outstanding student during the awards ceremony. This distinction was given based on Bet’s grade point average, involvement in the local student chapter club, and interest in pursuing a career in the housing industry.

“I think this is a big step for both the Orfalea College of Business and the College of Architecture & Environmental Design,” Bet said. “In the past, teams from just one discipline competed. This accomplishment shows how strong we can be when we come together.”

Cal Poly Construction Management Professor Scott Kelting served as faculty advisor to the students. Finance Professor Pratish Patel also worked with the team as they prepared for the finance and business portions of the project.

Cal Poly has participated in the competition since 2001, finishing in the top five during 10 of the last 15 competitions. Cal Poly placed first in 2005, 2006 and 2011. 

Contact: Robyn Kontra

CM Student honored with two football distinctions

Dec 18, 2014

The Cal Poly Construction Management Department is used to having its fair share of football stars. Keeping with tradition, CM Senior Nick Dzubnar received two back to back distinctions this week. Dzubnar was named to the American Football Coaches Association’s top FCS list, and two days later he was listed as a first-team All-American by The Associated Press. 

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Former CM Department Head Bill Brown's passing

Jul 23, 2014

Bill Brown
Bill Brown, the first Head of Construction Management Department - then named Construction Engineering-  passed away on June 25.  Bill has long been a generous supporter of Cal Poly and the CM Department with both his time and his resources – his name will live on with us, through the naming of one of the interview rooms that many industry members use during their recruiting trips here, in his honor.  He was active nationally in early meetings of academics from around the country that led to the founding of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).  He was also an early proponent of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) – our accrediting body – and encouraged Cal Poly to be one of the first programs in the nation to become accredited in 1978, just four years after the founding of ACCE.

Bill will always be remembered for his smile and good humor; and for the good rounds of golf that he enjoyed throughout his retirement.  I know that many of you knew Bill personally and had classes with him during your time at Cal Poly.  I met him right after my arrival here 12 years ago and I will certainly miss his friendship and his counsel.  The department will arrange for flowers or an appropriate recognition at his services on July 13th, 2014. For more information please contact Jenay Reynolds-Sibbach at

Al Hauck, CM Department Head

Alumni News Needed

Jul 23, 2014


We are gearing up for our next issue of the Construction Innovator and we need to hear from you. If you are an Alum from any graduating class feel free to submit an update about what's new in your life. Perhaps you recently got married? Did you fulfill a dream? Change companies or finish a job you're really proud of? We'd love to hear from you. Send an e-mail to Jenay Reynolds-Sibbach with "Alumni News Update" in the header to


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