MCAA student chapters compete to earn cash prizes.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America revealed the details of its 2004 Student Chapter Competition during the Student Chapter Summit Sept. 28-29 in La Crosse, Wis.

Jack Wilhelmi, chairman of the Career Development Committee that oversees the competition, announced the particulars of the competition. The project involves a 35,000-square-foot dramatic-arts building that will be built on a college campus in Denver. Students must explain how they would accomplish on-site preparation, the extension of services from the existing central utilities plant, and install a complete interior and exterior plumbing system. Issues to be considered involve connections to the sewer systems and water lines. During the months of July and August, access to the construction site will be restricted by a Grand Prix car race.

As in the past, all submissions will be evaluated by a panel of contractors from the Washington, D.C., area. The teams that prepare the top four submissions will deliver presentations at the association's annual meeting Feb. 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The prizes are $5,000 for the first-place team and $2,500 for the second-place team, with the other two finalists receiving $1,000 each.