Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

News release


Jones Lang LaSalle, University of Cincinnati Win Construction Competition

With support from JLL construction project managers, University of Cincinnati student team places first in the Associated Schools of Construction Great Lakes competition.

CINCINNATI, Nov. 27 2012 — Jones Lang LaSalle and the University of Cincinnati’s student team finished first place overall in the 2012 Associated Schools of Construction competition in Chicago. The contest was an opportunity for 275 students from the Great Lakes region to meet construction industry professionals, attend presentations related to construction, and compete against one another in the featured construction planning competition. As a Co-operative Education partner of University of Cincinnati, Jones Lang LaSalle became involved in the conference through the partnership, serving as an active participant and sponsor.

Rounding out the top three in the October 17-20 competition were Bowling Green State University (second place) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (third place). Additional sponsors of the conference included Walsh Construction, Pepper Construction, Kiewit, McCarthy Building Company, Aldridge Electric, Turner Construction, Barton Malow, McShane Construction, and Bowen Engineering.

The competition pitted University-based teams of students against each other in different divisions related to construction such as commercial, heavy civil, preconstruction services, and design-build. General contractors in the area presented projects they had completed in the past and the students reviewed the drawings and specifications to develop an understanding of the project. Students were then given one day to draft a written proposal complete with a project management plan, cost estimate, value engineering strategies, project schedule, and LEED implementation plan.

After the completion of the project proposals, students presented their plans to the general contractors who were involved with the projects. Awards were presented to teams who best exemplified their knowledge of the project based on their written proposal and oral presentation.

Jones Lang LaSalle first formed a partnership with the University of Cincinnati in 2007 through its Co-operative Education hiring program. Since forming the partnership, Jones Lang LaSalle has won the University’s Co-op Employer of the Year award and has hired former co-op employee of the year Kyle Pagel as a full-time Associate Project Manager.

The University of Cincinnati competition team was led by Patrick Lyden, former co-op employee and current Jones Lang LaSalle Associate Project Manager. “The reason the University of Cincinnati is able to have such success at these types of events is because of the real life experience we gain through Co-op,” Lyden said. “Jones Lang LaSalle has taught me a lot about the construction industry, and I was able to apply those learnings to the competition.”

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services (PDS) group employs more than 1,000 project management professionals across the country with expertise in occupancy planning, relocation and build-out, multisite program management, ground-up construction and complex redevelopments. PDS professionals advise on project initiation, planning, design, construction and closeout for single assignments or multiple projects across a portfolio, functioning as a manager or at-risk developer, overseeing some or all phases of the development process. One of the world’s leading project management organizations serving commercial buildings, PDS has strong experience in office, hotel, retail, industrial and distribution centers, hospitals, universities, sports facilities, data centers and call centers.

For more news, videos and research resources on Jones Lang LaSalle, please visit the firm’s U.S. media center webpage. Bookmark it here:

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit