2023 Challenge Overview

For the 2023 challenge, each faculty advisor and student team worked with their local NECA chapters and contractors to deliver a proposal containing various project manager tasks for the Oglethorpe University Emerson Student Center. Students put themselves in the shoes of an electrical contractor and performed various tasks related to constructing the project that has been assigned to them. Teams were provided a scope letter with various items that are included in the “contractors” scope of work. Students used this as a guide when preparing their proposal. In the following weeks the student teams tackled various challenges that project managers face when completing a project. These challenges included creating a schedule of values, a detailed schedule, change orders, submittal logs, a handoff meeting agenda, prefab plans, and more.

Electrical Contractor’s Innovation Challenge Winners







  • First Place Project: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Second Place Project: Wayne State University
  • Third Place Project: Iowa State University
  • Best Presenter: William Sanders, Wayne State University
  • Most Innovative Prefabrication Plan – Wayne State University
  • Most Complete Change Order – California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • Most Influential Social Media Campaign  -California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • First Place Video: Wayne State University
  • Second Place Video: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Third Place Video: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Fourth Place Video: Ball State University

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