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Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
Request for Presentations (RFP)
CMAA California Virtual Rising CM  Conference

The Rising Construction Management (CM) Conference sponsored by the CMAA Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 6th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. This conference offers our California Student Chapters the ability to network with our many CM Partners and Industry Associates throughout the state.

OVERVIEW OF COMPETITION

Students are given the opportunity to showcase their school’s A/E/C program in a student competition as described in this RFP. Student Chapters and Clubs can win scholarship awards of up to $10,000.

DESCRIPTION OF COMPETITION

The prompt, described below, forms the basis of this competition and should be referenced when responding to this request.

Prompt:  The world is in an unprecedented time. A global pandemic, an uncertain economy and a shift in the way which the office environment is being executed makes it a dynamic time to choose a college, determine a major, consider a career and enter the workforce.

Construction and Construction Management has stood the test of time as an excellent choice for a career path due to its diverse set of specialties and opportunities for a variety of individuals of different backgrounds and interests – Construction is classified as an essential business.

Based on this, what special characteristics of your University and Program would attract perspective students to both attend your school and choose a major in Construction Management, Architecture or Engineering?

How has your relationship with CMAA and other associations or professional organizations made your students more marketable to the industry?

What aspects of your Program set your students apart from others and make them more prepared to enter the workforce?


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRESENTATION

A team of no more than 5 individuals, 1 alternate and either a Faculty Member or CM Emerging Professional Coach (7-member team all from the same school) are to assemble a presentation of no more than 10 minutes to address the prompt information listed above. The presentation will be prerecorded and presented during the CMAA California CM Conference Platform. After registering, teams will be contacted and informed of their presentation time slot. Teams may utilize electronic presentations, visual boards, audio/video content or verbal narratives in order to convey their response to the prompt.  Creativity is highly encouraged. 

 

The teams should address how their experiences, curriculum and extracurricular memberships and participation set their program apart, including but not limited to:

  • Ability to assemble project budgets and cost estimates.
  • Education in the analysis, update, and monitoring of project schedules.
  • Analysis of engineering and building systems.
  • Education related to on-site construction representation, observation, and reporting.
  • Understanding of sustainable design and energy efficiency requirements including such items as LEED and Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
  • Use of project management information systems to aid in the day-to-day delivery of projects.
  • Any special education in technology and other software that accelerates construction and eases management of the construction management profession.
  • Program differentiators that make your graduates unique. (location, faculty, specialty courses, partnerships, etc.)


ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

In addition to the student presentations, school participation is also a consideration in selecting the winning team(s).  Be sure to encourage students from your school to register for the event and increase your ranking.

MINIMUM SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

Student teams that are interested in responding to this RFP shall submit the following information:

  1. Letter of Interest that includes the presenting team’s information including the following:
    • University
    • Team Member Name (for each member)
    • Phone Number (for each member)
    • Email (for each member)
    • Resume (for each member of the team and for each registrant from your institution)

  2. Power Point or other similar presentation pitch that:
    • Addresses the prompt (outlined above):
    • Highlights the following:

i.     Special characteristics of your University and Program would attract perspective students to both attend your University and choose a major in Construction Management, Architecture or Engineering

ii.     Your relationship with CMAA and other associations or professional organizations that have made students from your University more marketable to the industry.

iii.     Aspects of your Program that set your students apart from others and make them more prepared to enter the workforce.

iv.     Address how their experiences, curriculum and extracurricular memberships and participation set their program apart.

Presentations must be received and uploaded to the registration site no later than March 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Follow the instructions on the registration site and note that no file size greater than 10MB will be accepted.

Presentations will be reviewed by the selection committee and ranked. The top four (4) presentations will be chosen and displayed during the Rising CM Conference. The selection committee will take into consideration the level of student participation from your institution in deliberations during the conference. Winners of the scholarship prizes will be announced before the end of the conference.

At the conclusion of the event, resume distribution and awards (if applicable) are contingent upon completion of a survey and identification of firms selected to receive a candidate’s resume.  Students are encouraged to submit scholarship and internship applications as applicable to each CMAA Chapter.  Student Chapters receiving prize money will be required to demonstrate follow-through on committing to use the money to further the CM profession.  Funds will be distributed incrementally as evidence is demonstrated.

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QUESTIONS

All technical questions should be directed to Andrew Mittleman, CMAA California Virtual Rising CM Conference Student Outreach Committee Chair, andrew.mittleman@jacobs.com

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