January 24, 2011
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Months of Work Pay Off for Construction Management Competition Winners
Members of the first place four-year schools Residential Construction Management Competition Team from Cal-Poly – San Luis Obispo are Ryan Wenig, Mitchell Johns, Laura McWilliams, Matt Dunlap, Michael Stone and Nick Turner. The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast was the team’s HBA sponsor and Scott Kelting was their coach.

Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Pennsylvania College of Technology and Cumberland-Perry AVTS are the winners of the 2011 Residential Construction Management Competition.

The three NAHB Student Chapters learned that they had won the four-year college, two-year college and secondary competitions, respectively, during the NAHB Student Chapters Awards Ceremony Jan.14 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Recipients of the Outstanding Student Chapter awards — which were sponsored by the National Council of the Housing Industry — are Southeast Community College, Milford, Neb., first place; Delgado Community College, New Orleans, second place; and Killingly High School, Danielson, Conn., third place.

Joseph “Joe” Karpinski of Kent State University in Ohio was named Outstanding Educator, an award sponsored by Delmar Cengage Learning. And the NAHB Student Chapters Advisory Board presented a posthumous Distinguished Service Award to Joe Powell of Las Vegas.

The Home Builders Institute administers the NAHB Student Chapters on behalf of NAHB, allowing students who are studying construction to have access to all the benefits the association offers professionals in the home building industry.

Members of the first place two-year schools Residential Construction Management Competition Team from Pennsylvania College of Technology are Thomas Whitehouse, Brandt Hey, Brent Hey and Shane Beckner. The West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association was the team’s HBA sponsor and Barney Kahn was their coach.

Fifty teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the United States spent hundreds of hours preparing for this year’s competition, which required students to solve a real-life construction management project and then present their solutions to a judging panel of industry experts.

This year’s project focused on “on-your-lot” builder Sedgewick Homes, a member of the Wilkes County HBA in North Carolina.

Four-year college teams had to write and defend a complete management proposal requesting approval from a group of investors to move forward with a business plan to build a Sedgewick Homes model home complex with administrative offices on 2.38 acres of land in rural North Carolina and launch the company’s sales, marketing and construction operations program.

The proposal consisted of an estimate, schedule, budget, marketing and risk analysis, cash-flow statement, green building initiatives and other related information the team deemed important.

Two-year colleges and secondary schools developed and defended a complete set of working drawings, a detailed materials estimate and a complete construction schedule for a specific Sedgewick home plan that had the qualifications to meet the Silver Level of the National Green Building Standard.

After the problem was first distributed to the competitors, two-year colleges were also asked to meet a change order that would bring the home’s qualifications up to those at the Emerald Level of the standard.

Members of the first place secondary schools Residential Construction Management Competition Team from Cumberland Perry AVTS are Ray Atticks, Steph Weber, Nick DeMuro, Greg Houtz and Billy Brougher. The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg was the team’s HBA sponsor and Jody Snider was their coach.

“I don’t think there are enough words to describe what this award means to us, after three months of work and the countless hours we put in. Last year we won second place, so this year we decided we were going to beat last year’s team, and we were going to bring it home,” said Greg Houtz, who was on the Cumberland Perry AVTS team.

Thomas Whitehouse, a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology team, said he and his teammates spent most of their weekends prior to the competition working on their project.

“We placed well the past few years, and I knew we put together a really good presentation. We worked really hard — we put in 40 and 50 hours some weekends. So this is really big for us. We are a small school in Williamsport, Pa., and this is really big for our school,” Whitehouse said.

Michael Stone, a member of the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo team, said he and his fellow teammates were glad to be bringing the trophy back to their college, but the competition itself was so much more.

“This was a great professional experience. Through the competition, we got exposure to the real world, how to put together a proposal and work as a team. It’s a far different experience than we can get in a classroom,” Stone said.  

Four-year college programs placing in the competition were Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, first place; Middle Tennessee State University, second place; Brigham Young University-Provo, third place; University of Florida, fourth place; Western Carolina University, fifth place; and Central Washington University, Rookie of the Year.

Two-year college winners were Pennsylvania College of Technology, first place; Brigham Young University-Idaho, second place; North Dakota State College of Science, third place; and Tarrant County (Texas) College Southeast, Rookie of the Year.

Secondary school winners were Cumberland-Perry AVTS, (Pa.), first place; Camden County (Ga.) High School, second place; Shelby County (Ky.) High School, third place and Rookie of the Year.

Two-year and secondary school program events were sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University, creating a unique connection among the program levels. All placing teams took home Construction Master Calculators from Calculated Industries.

Thirty-one students chosen by their faculties for their commitment to home building and their NAHB Student Chapters also were recognized at the awards ceremony with Outstanding Student Awards.

They are: Julie Braschayko, Alexandria Technical and Community College; John Michael Arnaud, Appalachian State University; Joseph Christensen, Brigham Young University-Provo; Michael Stone, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo; Cameron Scott Gardell, Camden County High School; Mark Kenney, Central Michigan University; Spencer Conway, Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center; Nathan Fields, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Brandon Ray Schelling, Colorado State University; and Lee David Pepin, Dunwoody College of Technology.  

Also named Outstanding Students were Keith Gilchrest, Fitchburg State University; Patrick Smith; Georgia Institute of Technology; Stacey Goodmen, Georgia Southern University; Ben Warren, Illinois State University; Zac Meadows, Jefferson State Community College; Kaitlin Gwirtz, Kent State University; Quinn Berube, Killingly High School; Elijah Miklos, Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center; Erik J. Koch, Northcentral Technical College; Benjamin Clark, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Trent Ellis, Purdue University; Veronica Kessler, Purdue University North Central.

Also named were Michael DeJonge, Southeast Community College; Nick Fedzen, Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School; Thomas Gunter, Tarrant County College Southeast; Roshita Jordan, University of Arkansas-Little Rock; Michael Golden, University of Denver; Nico Hohman, University of Florida; Charles Emma, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Andrew Schellpepper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; James D. Stone, University of Nebraska Kearney; and Stephen Wesley Hale, University of Texas at Tyler.

Competition judges were Pam Anderson, Anderson Construction; Chris Edwards, Pulte Group; Jim Gronski, Jim Gronski Construction; George Murphy, Wayne Homes; Charlie Place, North Lake College; Kevin Procaccino, Kenandom Design Consultants; Craig Smith, 70 West Builders; Dave Tucker, Sedgewick Homes; Jeff Ury, Winsome Builders; and Dave Yelovich, Tilson Homes.

For more information about NAHB Student Chapters and the Residential Management Construction Competition, e-mail Page Browning, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.

Keep up with the activities of the NAHB Student Chapters on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NAHBstudentchapters.

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