A team of Brigham Young University construction management students won third place at the Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas on Jan. 23.
BYU has a history of success at this event. In the 26-year history of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) competition, BYU’s construction management team has placed in the top three 22 times.
The five-person team from BYU competed against 34 other universities from around the nation. Brian Southwick, Christian Sanders, Joseph Denker, Shane Sterr and Jonathan Kimble represented the Cougars at the competition.
“There is a lot of responsibility to perform well,” Southwick said. “I am glad that we were able to return with a notable recognition towards BYU’s tradition of success.”
Students were presented a real-life construction management issue and were judged on how well they could solve the problem. The proposed issue was meant to be rigorous and similar to a situation that students would encounter as professionals. A panel of residential construction experts judged the students’ solutions.
“The BYU construction management students worked very hard in preparation of their real estate proposal competition,” faculty advisor Brian Capt said. “They did an excellent job and I am pleased they were recognized for it.”
Denker, who also participated in the competition last year, is preparing for a full-time “dream job” in Salt Lake. He attributes this job to his participation in last year’s competition.
“The reputation and intensity of [the competition] spoke for me in some regard,” he said. “I can’t tell you how close the project actually comes to real-life.”
This honor adds to the tradition of success in the construction management program at BYU. Just a few months ago in November, a BYU team placed second in the safety category at the National Construction Management Student Competition.
“For the team, and for the program, [placing third] is a huge morale booster,” Denker said. “Future teams can have confidence that we are still a top-tier school who can ‘bring it.’”