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Cupertino Electric Sponsors Academic Competition

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Associated Schools of Construction Competition Attracts Students from Across the Nation Seeking Academic Honors

SAN JOSE, Calif.— Cupertino Electric, Inc. (www.cei.com) today announced sponsorship of the "open" electrical problem at this year's annual Associated Schools of Construction's (ASC) Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada. The competition, which draws students nationwide, is held February 16 through 19, 2011 and provides construction management and construction engineering students real-world experience and the chance to compete for academic recognition.

The competition's electrical problem, created by Cupertino Electric's (CEI's) in-house estimating and engineering departments, is open to any student team attending an ASC-affiliated university. The electrical problem exposes student competitors to specialty contracting concepts, following increased interest among students and universities nationwide in the role of specialty contracting. Electrical contracting joins mechanical contracting at the competition as the only other specialty contractor category with its own student-focused problem.

"Because a majority of the teams participating in this year's electrical problem come from universities outside of California, we are seeing an increased interest among students nationwide in specialty contracting," said Mike Garner, vice president of sales for CEI. "This competition is helping to validate what we suspected: specialty contractors are becoming a larger part of the construction industry equation, with increased scopes of work and larger interest among new grads entering the field."

About the ASC Competition

Any student of an ASC-affiliated school is eligible to participate in the 24-year-old competition (http://www.asc67.org/competition_2011.html). The intense, two-day competition simulates a construction industry bid experience from the pre-qualification to oral interview stages. Participating students are judged by a panel of experts on their pre-qualification documents, final packages and oral presentations. The top three student teams receive recognition and money for their school's ASC program.

About Cupertino Electric, Inc.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is a national engineering and construction company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. With a 56-year history of open and honest dealings with customers, vendors, contractors and employees, CEI specializes in technically complex, mission-critical, schedule-challenged, private, commercial and public works projects. CEI's Energy Alternatives Division analyzes, engineers, procures, finances, constructs, maintains and operates solar and alternative energy solutions. For more information, visit www.cei.com.

Press Contact:

Autumn Casadonte

(408) 808‐8034

autumn_casadonte@cei.com