The Mechanical Contractors Association of America announced the four finalist teams that will make oral presentations of their written bid proposals during the next phase of the 2013-2014 Student Chapter Competition. This year’s competition project, hosted by Kathleen McCauley of McCauley Mechanical Construction (Bridgeview, Ill.), involved the partial retrofit of a food processing plant outside of Chicago.
Finalists are: MCA of Metro Washington Student Chapter at the University of Maryland-College Park; MCAA Student Chapter at Milwaukee School of Engineering, the winner of last year’s competition and the 2010-2011 competition; Student Chapter of Specialty Contracting (Mechanical/Electrical) at Southern Polytechnic State University, winner of the 2011-2012 competition; and Sacramento State Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.
The competition’s next phase will take place March 11 at MCAA 2014, the association’s annual convention, which this year focuses on “Exceed Expectations.” The convention will run from March 9–13 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The students’ oral presentations will be evaluated by a different panel of judges from the written presentation phase. Scoring will be based on: overall quality of the oral presentation; feasibility of project management, organization and schedule; accuracy and completeness of project costs; and answers to the judges’ questions.