Construction Management students and faculty shine at national conference

Brian Capt, associate teaching professor of construction and facilities management, received the Outstanding Educator Award for 4-year schools at the 2018 National Association of Home Builders conference in Orlando, FL. The BYU Construction Management team won third place in the show category in the student competition.

Capt, who comes from a long line of contractors, is the current coach and advisor to the students on the competition team. As a professor at BYU, he has taught most of the courses in construction management due to his broad base of knowledge and years of practical experience.

“It’s a real honor to even be nominated for the award, so winning the award was a very fulfilling accomplishment for me personally,” said Capt.

BYU, a perennial powerhouse in the student competition, has placed in the top three in 21 of the 28 years since the inception of the annual event. The competition team won third place out of 34 teams competing in the field this year.  The teams were given a problem that required them to submit a written proposal, research findings, and complete a 15-minute presentation based on their findings in 14 weeks.

“The competition is great for students because they get the chance to use the skills that they have learned from all of their classes,” said Capt. “Students always tell me (at the end of the event) that they realized that they know a lot more than they thought they did.”

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