BYU Construction Management students win first place in national and regional competitions

BYU Construction Management recently won first place in the National Association of Home Builders competition, taking their third national title since 2004.  Two other BYU teams took first and third at the  Associated Schools of Construction regional competition.  BYU Construction Management competition teams consistently lead their peers in top-three finishes. 

NAHB National Competition (Las Vegas, NV)

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), organized in 1942, hosts the Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) at their annual International Builders’ Show, where over 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers attended. Fifty-six teams from across the U.S competed in the annual competition, representing their universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools.

Here on campus, over 50 students applied to be on the BYU construction management NAHB competition team, the top 12 applicants are interviewed and only six are accepted. Brian Capt, the faculty advisor, oversaw the six students on the winning team: Rockwell Strong, Krystofer Gardner, Dakoda John, Spencer Maxfield, James Christensen and Cort Trejo.

“We are very proud of the students’ work and continued pursuit of excellence,” said Capt.

This year the students worked for four months, totaling well over 1,000 hours, to perfect their presentation.

 “Our students perform at such a high level that they’ve become the team to beat,” said Capt. “The team put in thousands of hours preparing and polishing their proposal, it really shows how well prepared they are for the construction business.”

Competing teams are required to solve real-life construction management problems then present their solutions to a panel of judges, consisting of residential construction industry experts. The team then defends their proposal in a question and answer session with the judges.

“Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at BYU,” said John Courson, president and CEO of the Home Builders Institute and master of ceremonies during the awards ceremony. “They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from land development to marketing to scheduling to estimating.”

In addition to their first place win, the students came home with a renewed enthusiasm for their future careers.

“This competition will probably be the reason I get a job," said Strong, a junior on the team. “I learned a lot while preparing for the competition and was able to network with a number of individuals in the construction industry.”

ASC regional competition (Reno, NV)

The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service. Among other events, the ASC hosts the annual regional student competitions.

BYU was represented by two teams in the ASC Western region competition.  One team took first in commercial construction and the other took third in determining project risk.

The commercial team, overseen by faculty advisor Justin Weidman, included students Brandon Bennett, Ty Johnson, Brandon Hope, Joshua Moffat, Nick Rozier, Bryce Willardson and Ryan Cooper. The risk team, overseen by faculty advisor Clifton Farnsworth, included students David Gleaves, Jeff DeGraffenried, Elijah Hess, Douglas Parker, Byambasuren Purevsuren, Greg Schmidt and JR Gleason.

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