It couldn’t have been much closer. The PSU student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America missed taking first place for their presentation at the MCAA national convention in March by just one 200th of a point. If the students felt any disappointment, it may have been blunted by the fact that the convention took place in Maui, Hawaii.

The invitation to present at the convention followed an outstanding performance at the MCAA Student Summit in Chicago, where the PSU team was ranked as one of the top four in the U.S.

“I am so proud of these students,” said Shannon Nicklaus, the PSU MCAA adviser who accompanied the team to Hawaii. “They were the most professional presenters and they definitely have assisted in putting PSU on the map once again.”

The PSU team was challenged to create and present a building plan for a capital investment headquarters building in Palo Alto, Calif.