Last week, four students from the University of Tennessee ABC Student Chapter ventured to Orlando, FL for ABC's 2017 Leadership Week to compete in the ABC Student Chapter Construction Management Competition.

Students participating included, Brandon Jones, Jacob Smithers, James Sims, and Andy Rosen. Faculty staff, Charlie Parker and Angela Smith attended as well, along with ABC Regional Director Clay Crownover.  

This year’s Construction Management Competition project focused on the construction of the Universal Aventura Hotel— a 17-story structure with 600 guestrooms, lobby and public and support spaces. The project consisted of structural and architectural concrete, curtainwall glazing and high-end finishes; and related mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and building systems. The hotel tower is adjacent to a precast parking garage structure being constructed under a separate contract—which added extra coordination challenges to the project’s scope.

“We were so happy to assist the ABC Student Chapter make this trip to the competition for the first time in the program's history,” said Clay Crownover, Regional Director for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee. "The hard work these four students put in to the competition over the course of the last few months will go a long way in helping UT Construction Science teams in the future, as well as provide these students with invaluable experience in hands-on project management."