This National Student Competition is sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and is conducted in conjunction with the MCAA annual convention. Student teams of six develop a proposal describing the design and construction of major mechanical systems for a construction project. Proposals are submitted in December and evaluated by the MCAA staff. The four highest ranked teams are invited to make oral presentations at the MCAA annual convention in March, at which time the winner is selected.
This year's project is rather unique. It is a 50,000 SF plan/spec project for NASA. In submitting bid proposals for the award of the contract for the HVAC and plumbing systems work involved in the construction of the Space Exploration Center Building at the entrance to the NASA Research Park in Cape Canaveral, FL. Students that act as the "bidders," are challenged to design and construct a building that embodies NASA's spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle solutions. Within the proposal, students prepare a "real world" proposal mocking the RFP process in reality. Some of components of the proposal include: estimating, safety, and site logistics