LAS VEGAS – The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) continued work building a talented work force with the 2008 ASC–AGC National Student Competition at AGC's 89th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. One hundred and twenty–six future contractors prepared for real life construction projects by working in teams in the divisions of Commercial Building, Design–Build and Heavy–Civil.

"I am proud of AGC and ASC's investment in tomorrow's contractors," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. "Building a strong, competent work force is the key to a successful future."

As part of the Competition, 21 teams were critiqued on estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling, presentation skills, creativity, understanding of sound construction techniques and thoughtful methodology throughout a two–day simulated construction project. The students presented both oral and written presentations to a panel of judges, and first, second and third place awards were given for each division.

In the Commercial Building Division, California State University, Sacramento won first place. Second place went to Wentworth Institute of Technology of Boston, Mass., and third to Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The first place award for the Design–Build Division went to California State University, Sacramento. Second place went to Milwaukee School of Engineering, and third to Roger Williams University of Bristol, R.I.

First place in the Heavy–Civil Division was awarded to California Polytechnic University. Second place went to Montana State University, and third to Clemson University.

Students were recognized at the National Student Competition Awards Dinner at the The Flamingo in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 11, and at the Willis Safety Awards Breakfast at The Bellagio on Wednesday, March 12. Granite Construction Inc., Hensel Phelps Construction Co., and Turner Construction each sponsor a division of the competition.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors and 12,500 specialty–contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life."