Associated Schools of Construction competition

Competition Description

Since 1997, the Construction Management program at Northern Arizona University has sent teams to the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Annual Construction Management Competition in Sparks, Nevada.

These teams are comprised of six core team members, alternates, and a coach. 

The competition begins with an intense session of problem solving based on complex project plans and contract documents. The competing teams have no previous knowledge of the documents. They are sequestered in a hotel room arranged to serve as an office space.

For 20 hours after receiving the problem, they work non-stop to create answers and solutions to the competition problem statements. No outside assistance is permitted.

The following day, the teams present an oral defense of their solutions. Panels of experts judge team member presentation skills and the accuracy or feasibility of the team solutions. Awards are given to the top three teams. The top team in each division goes on to a national competition.

Watch a video about the competition here.

The Next ASC competition will take place Wednesday, February 7th through Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

Details can be found at 


At the competition, you’ll get career experience and meet a wide variety of potential employers.

Competition Categories

Northern Arizona University may field one team in each of the Region 6 categories and unlimited number of teams in the National Categories listed below.  Note that some categories may not be available depending on sponsorships. Refer to the ASC website for the most current information.

Region Six 

Region Six categories are: (links are to NAU presentations from previous years)


National categories are:

  • Graduate
  • Mechanical
  • Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) 2013
  • Marine construction
  • Sustainable Construction 2016
  • Preconstruction Services
  • Determining Project Risk
  • Electrical
  • Concrete 2012, 2016


 If you are enrolled in the Construction Management program or another Northern Arizona University program, you are eligible to compete. All participants must:

  • have the ability and desire to commit to a minimum of four hours per week preparing for the competition during fall and spring semesters through mid-February
  • have the ability and desire to devote time over the summer for preparation
  • attend a mandatory organizational meeting at the end of April
  • be a full-time student in the Fall and following Spring Semesters (12 to 18 credit hours)
  • enroll in CM205 or CM405 course for the Fall 2016 semester 
    • Class meets Tues  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm and 8am-Noon on four Saturdays (one each in Sep., Oct., Nov. and Dec.)
    • First time participants must enroll in CM205
    • Veterans enroll in CM405  (only CM405 earns elective credit for CM degree)
    • Permission numbers will be provided upon receipt of SOQ
  • have membership in a CMO student organization

Preference will be given to students who

  • have and maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • are willing to make a two year commitment to the competition team
  • will act as an apprentice in the first year and a mentor and team leader in the second

Application Process:

Fill out the form here and submit it to Professor Bruner by the deadline.
Successful applicants will receive permission numbers to enroll in class by March 24th.


March 3, 2017