Student teams from the University of Cincinnati and Clemson University placed first in the ninth annual ASC/AGC National Student Competition.

The Associated Schools of Construction and Associated General Contractors of America National Student Competition was held March 21-24 at the AGC’s 88th annual convention in San Antonio.

The University of Cincinnati placed first in the heavy-civil division, while the Clemson University team from South Carolina was first in the commercial and design-build category.

“The construction industry of tomorrow is in good hands with these students,” said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. “AGC is proud of our student winners and will continue to support these programs that motivate construction students and strengthen our industry.”

Twenty-one teams from across the country were given 24 hours to study and prepare to tackle real construction project scenarios. The teams then presented their plans to a panel of experts from Granite Construction Inc. in Watsonville, Calif.; Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in Greeley, Colo.; and Turner Construction in New York City.

Winners were chosen based on their estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling and presentation skills, creativity, understanding of sound construction techniques, and methods.

In addition to becoming the top national student contractors in the heavy-civil division, the University of Cincinnati team won a $25,000 scholarship from the Beavers in Los Altos, Calif., an organization of construction companies and individuals dedicated to heavy-engineering construction.