Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest!
Applications for the 2018 Outstanding Student Chapter Contest have been accepted and AGC of America received applications from exceptional Student Chapters across the country! This year, our Outstanding Student Chapter Awards were broken up into three categories for student chapters to be awarded for exemplary demonstration of the AGC of America tenants of Skill, Responsibility & Integrity. Three applications in particular stood out from the others and AGC of America is happy to announce the winners:
Emerging Student Chapter Award: AGC Student Chapter at Roger Williams University
The Emerging AGC Student Chapter Award serves to highlight chapters who are successfully building their membership/engagement, increasing their involvement in the construction industry and partnering with their local AGC. Roger Williams University’s AGC Student Chapter was established in 2017 and began with a small group of 10-15 interested students. Over the next two years they began partnering with Rhode Island AGC, developing fundraiser events, organizing field trips, bringing in guest speakers, holding webinars, and presenting information on club activities in construction related classes on campus. Now this club holds meetings where networking opportunities, current industry trends, and news in the world of construction regularly fill a classroom of over 40 attendees. In it’s infancy, this program raised funds and attended the 2017 AGC National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2018 Emerging Student Chapter Award winner Roger Williams University won $2,000 for exceptional program building and phenomenal partnership with their local AGC Chapter.
Community Service Award: Oregon State University AGC Student Chapter
The AGC Student Chapter Community Service Award is given to those Student Chapters that epitomize supporting, engaging, and benefiting the community through service.The AGC Student Chapter at Oregon State University won $2,000 for its project benefiting a school that was gravely damaged following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The Student Chapter partnered with their local AGC and traveled to Puerto Rico to help. The students replaced the roof, removed debris and made the building more accessible after the tremendous impact. Oregon State University students spent approximately 150 hours planning over a 6-month period and 190 hours working on-site.. They partnered with student volunteers from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez who also dedicated 100 hours to help finish the project. Oregon State Students reached out to their local AGC, developed a budget and project scope and put together a proposal to help them meet the financial burden of this impressive project and successfully met their goals with support from both the Oregon-Columbia Chapter AGC and several local AGC member companies.
Construction Management Skills Award: Pittsburg State University AGC Student Chapter
The Construction Management Skills and Project Award showcases student chapters who are successfully applying classroom knowledge to real world applications. The Pittsburg State University AGC Student Chapter was awarded $2,000 for the renovation of a rail road bridge in Joplin, Missouri. The "Rails to Trails" campaign, organized by the Joplin Trails Coalition partnered with the AGC Student Chapter to remove existing railroad ties, weld a steel frame to the existing beams, pour and finish a concrete deck on the new frame, and install a metal and wood handrail system. The team members designed a free hanging platform that connected to the existing beams to provide a safe working platform that did not come in contact with the ground or the water below and provided fall protection from the bridge deck.
Again, congratulations to the winners of the AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest! It is never too early to start planning for the 2019 Outstanding Student Chapter Award. Please look out for the Student Chapter application to be released by July 2019.