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Student Education

As a Chapter of PCI, Student Membership to either FPCA or PCI is completely FREE and grants you access to a myriad of member benefits, including student discount pricing on select texts (like the PCI Design Handbook!) and steep discounts on event registrations. Start your free membership today by clicking here.

The FPCA Education Committee works with PCI Education Activities Council in supporting two distinct student competitions designed to expose students of architecture and engineering to real-world examples and uses of precast/prestressed concrete products. Each year, PCI conducts an Engineering Student Competition, known as The Big Beam Competition, and an Architecture student competition. Each student team works with its professor advisor and, in many cases, an FPCA precast/prestressed concrete producer member.

Brochures and application forms for each competition are available on the right.

Previous Competitions


The PCI Big Beam competition archives are posted on YouTube! View the video entries of previous year’s team by clicking here.

2018 Florida Teams

The Judging Committee recently selected the winners of the Engineering Student Design Competition, also known as the Big Beam Contest. PCI’s Student Education Committee organized the Big Beam Contest and assigned the judging committee. The objective is for teams of students to fabricate and test a precast/prestressed concrete beam with the help of local precast concrete PCI Producer Members. Prizes are awarded to the top twenty (20) performers in consideration of efficient design, highest load capacity, and other categories.

Overall Results:


Fourth place: Florida International University [Team 1]; Miami, FL

Faculty Advisor: David Garber, PhD, PE

FPCA Producer Member: Coreslab Structures (Miami); Medley, FL (Luis Compres)

Student Team Members: Daniel Castillo, Charmaine Emanuels, Ivan Reyes, Fabio Baldini, Andrei Perim

Points: 53.25

Award: $1250

Fourteenth place: Florida International University [Team 2]; Miami, FL

Faculty advisor: David Garber, PhD, PE

FPCA Producer Member: Coreslab Structures (Miami); Medley, FL (Luis Compres)

Student TeamMembers: Mohammed Alalawi, Frandy Manasse, Rozita Mazaheri, Amir Sadeghnejad, Rutambara Sonawane

Points: 43.75

Award: $500

Student Resources

PCI offers numerous resources for engineering and architectural design students. Among these are 2 annual design competitions:

  • Engineering Student Design Competition (also known as the Big Beam Competition)

  • Architectural Student Design Competition

More information can be found on the PCI Website.

Student Membership in FPCA and PCI

Student membership to FPCA is absolutely FREE! Click below to fill out an application.


Students wishing to join PCI as a student member can do so by visiting the PCI web site (www.pci.org) or 

The student membership application is offered exclusively online and is absolutely FREE! 
Membership offers the opportunity to participate in many FPCA & PCI activities, and a free subscription to the PCI Journal.

Call for Student Research
2019 Big Beam Competition
Big Beam Winners Reports
Big Beam Best Reports
 Big Beam Overall Results