Milwaukee School of Engineering Wins National Design-Build Student Competition

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Four students from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) took first place at the 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

MSOE won the 2014 Design-Build Student Competition

MSOE won the 2014 Design-Build Student Competition

What set the Milwaukee School of Engineering team apart was their thorough dissection of the owner’s requirements to understand the owner’s vision in their written response to the RFP.

Four students from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) took first place at the 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). They entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a $34 million, 120,000-square-foot activity and recreation facility for Beloit College in Beloit, Wis.

MSOE’s team presented its proposal before a national jury on Oct. 7 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. Other finalists making presentations included University of Oklahoma and University of Washington.

The winning team members, their majors and hometowns are:

  •     Donald Bogle-Boesiger, architectural engineering and construction management, Bloomington, Ill.
  •     Jordan Borst, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Wauwatosa, Wis.
  •     Benjamin Ihlen, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Trevor, Wis.
  •     Zane Witt, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Albuquerque, N.M.

Associate Professor Robert Lemke, MSOE Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the team’s advisor.

“What set the Milwaukee School of Engineering team apart was their thorough dissection of the owner’s requirements to understand the owner’s vision in their written response to the RFP. During the presentation to the panel, they communicated with confidence and passion their ability to provide those design and construction services,” said jury chairman Dennis Ray Ashley, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA. “I’m so thankful and privileged to be able to participate in this RFQ/RFP competition that simulates the industry to assist in developing skills vital to their success in beginning their careers.”

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the 10 regional winners for the first phase of the competition based on their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions, which advanced them to the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was released to each finalist team.

About DBIA
DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Unlike other student competitions, DBIA’s design-build competition is designed to mirror best practices in design-build procurement by breaking the competition into a two-phase best value process in which the regional and national jury serves as the owner’s project team.

About MSOE
Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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