Students Headed to Orlando for Construction Competitions
As the 2008 International Builders’ Show (IBS) fast approaches, more than 50 NAHB Student Chapter teams from across the country are preparing their final presentations for the Residential Construction Competitions.
The annual competitions are a major draw at IBS among NAHB’s student members, and the majority of those who attend are at the show to participate in the event or to support their classmates.
Competing students receive plans and specifications from a real development project, courtesy of sponsor Pulte Homes, and then have three months to complete it. They are responsible for the schedule, finances, materials, change orders and any challenges that arise on the building site.
On hand next week in Orlando to defend their winning titles from 2007 will be Middle Tennessee State University in the four-year university division, Brigham Young University — Idaho “Snake-River Homes” in the two-year college division and Cumberland Perry Area Vocational in the secondary school division.
The competitions have become increasingly heated over the past few years, as teams have been able to apply their previous experience to complete the challenge. Also, participation in the secondary school division has been on the rise, increasing from three contenders in 2006, to seven in 2007 and a record 12 teams this year.
The competitions will take place in the West Hall 330 A, B and D, all day on Feb. 13-14 and throughout the morning on Feb. 15.
The Building Careers Job Fair will be held concurrently just outside of the competition rooms.
Presentations are open to the public, but the doors are locked just before each one. For a schedule of the competition, click here.
For more information on NAHB Student Chapters or the Residential Construction Competitions, e-mail Page Browning at HBI or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.