Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. has decided to reschedule ABC Convention 2020.

Due to the current medical advisories, health warnings, travel restrictions, speaker/vendor/exhibitor cancellations and shutdowns by numerous essential persons and entities, in addition to the recent declaration by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of COVID-19 is a pandemic (a recognized health threat constituting a national emergency—a “force majeure”)—it has become impracticable and/or impossible for Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. to hold its convention at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, March 23-27, 2020. As a result, ABC has rescheduled the convention for Aug. 17-19, 2020.

Rescheduled Convention Fees and Process

ABC is offering an attractive registration fee that incentivizes attendees to take part in all elements of the August convention. The fee has been reduced to $475. No a-la-carte registration options are available, with the exception of the Excellence in Construction® Awards gala* and the National Craft Championships guest pass. Any registered convention attendee who paid more than $475 will be refunded the difference upon request. Email to request a refund.

Construction Management Competition

We plan to hold the Construction Management Competition Steps 1 and 2 virtually. Based on the scores of the first two components, 10 finalist teams will be selected to advance to Step 3 and invited to attend the convention in August to make their presentations in person to the judges. Each team must have four competitors and a faculty advisor in order to compete in the presentations. If a team elects to opt out of the competition completely, it will automatically receive a full refund. If a team decides to continue and submits Steps 1 and 2 for judging, and does not make the finals, the team automatically will be refunded the balance of their registration fee. All alternates will receive a full refund upon request and will not be eligible to attend the convention.

2020 ABC Construction Management Competition Schedule

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020    
Midnight Registration Deadline  
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020    
Midnight RFP Release to Teams  
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020    
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration Open Level 2 of Convention Center
5:30 - 7 p.m. Opening General Session  
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Opening Night Celebration  
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020    
6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration Open Level 2 of Convention Center
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. CMC Breakfast and Team Set Up  
8:30 - 9 a.m. CMC Welcome and Orientation  
9 - 11 a.m. CMC Step II  
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CMC Competition Lunch Exhibit Halls A & B
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. CMC Step II Continued  
3:30 - 5 p.m. CMC Written Exam  
Friday, Mar. 27, 2020    
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CMC Presentations  
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. CMC Debrief  
5 - 7 p.m. Careers in Construction Awards  
7:15 - 10 p.m. Closing Night Celebration  

Competition Overview

The ABC Construction Management Competition provides competing teams an opportunity to experience an actual project that exhibits unique characteristics and issues. Participating teams assembled a general contracting firm that represented their school and ABC Student Chapter in the competition. 

The 2020 competition will focus on the selection of a general contractor for a project based on price and technical proposal. The selection will be facilitated in three Steps.

Step One – Price and Technical Proposal consists of pre- competition work that provides the team an estimated project cost and demonstrates overall experience and capability in constructing the project.

Step Two – Competition Day consists of a spontaneous exercise led by the CM Competition Committee.

Step Three – Teams that are shortlisted move to the interviews which consist face-to-face discussions between the team’s leadership and the Competition Judges.

2019 Construction Management Competition Committee & Judges

On behalf of ABC and the construction management competition, we would like thank our CMC committee and judges for giving their time and talent toward making this year's competition so successful.

Balfour Beatty
Bruce Capon
Sam Fakih
Erica Frandsen
Tommy MacCabe - CMC Co-chair
Tatiana Samuel

Kevin DeHaas
Justin Wood

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
David Brooke - CMC Co-chair
Ryan Burbach
Mariah Cooney
Ryan Dirvin
Morgan May
Robert Muellner
Chris Wilson
Chris Woodling - CMC Committee member

Gaylor Electric
DJ Fritz

McCarthy Building
Alex Belkofer - CMC Committee member

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Construction Management Competition Committee or a Judge for the 2020 CMC in Nashville, please contact Haley Moyers at or (202) 595-1974. 


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