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Announcing the winners of The Great Spec Race!

After thousands of entries and a hundred contestants, Allied Technical Services Inc. (ATS) is proud to announce the winners The Great Spec Race – US Edition, and The Great Spec Race Canadian Edition. The 45 day contest, which concluded October 31st, 2012, challenged all Engineers, Architects, and Interior Designers across North America to be the fastest to accurately build and submit 1 of 10 randomly assigned Plumbing Specifications Test Projects. After reviewing the contest entries, the results are in! Congratulations go out to the Grand Prize Winners, Andrew Velleca and Ikbal Vahid for submitting their Test Projects with 100% accuracy and the fastest completion time in the US and Canada respectively.

Allied Technical Services Inc. (ATS) would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in THE GREAT SPEC RACE. We appreciate your continued support with our services and various programs.


Andrew Velleca, LEED AP BD+C, Mechanical Engineer from Burns & McDonnell, KS built a Recreational Facility, complete with combined 3D BIM families, in two minutes and fourteen seconds (00:02:14:20 min). With 100% accuracy, Mr. Velleca earned the title of Grand Prize Winner of the US Edition also won the South Central US Region!

Congratulations go out to other US Regional Winners:
South Eastern US: Igor Loncarevic, Delta G Consulting Engineers – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Western US: Tony Cocea, Coffman Engineers – Encino, CA
North Central US: Bud Snyder, Byce Consulting Engineers – Kalamazoo, MI


Ikbal Vahid, B. Eng., LEED AP; Plumbing and Drainage Fire Protection Manager with Toronto-based Crossey Engineering built a security facility, complete with combined 3D BIM families, in 54 seconds (00:00:54:46 min). With 100% accuracy, Mr. Vahid who earned the title of Grand Prize Winner of the Canadian Edition also won the Central Canada Region!

Congratulations go out to the other Canadian Regional Winners:
Western Canada Winner: Sabah Ali, Rocky Point Engineering – Langley, BC
Eastern Canada Winner: Lulian Lordache, Genivar – Laval, QC


In addition to The Great Spec Race US and Canadian Edition, ATS challenged the Design Community attending the 2012 ASPE Convention to accurately build and submit Test Projects LIVE at the ATS booth (#133). The contest period began 11:30am EST, October 29, 2012 and ended 3pm EST October 30, 2012.

The Great Spec Race – ASPE Ed. winners are as follows:

Hotel Test Project, iPad Sponsored by Gerber
Winner: Daniel Marchand, Bouthillette Parizeau – Montreal
Time: One minute and fifty-two seconds (00:01:52:10 min)

Hospital Test Projects, iPad Sponsored by Watts
Winner: Christopher Phillips, Cleary Zimmermann Engineers – San Antonio
Time: One minute and nineteen seconds (00:01:19:13 min)

Green School Test Project, iPad Sponsored by A. O. Smith
Winner: Glenn Mainardi, BR+A Consulting Engineers – New York
Time: Three Minutes and four seconds (00:03:04:81 min)

For a complete list of winners for both The Great Spec Race US Edition, Canadian Edition, and ASPE Edition, please visit

A big thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event possible. A special thank you to A.O. Smith, American Standard, Gerber, McGuire, Sloan, and Watts, for sponsoring the prizes for this campaign.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest!

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