A student team from Western Carolina University’s construction management program was a big winner in Las Vegas recently as the group captured a top award during the National Association of Home Builders’ Residential Construction Management Competition.
The WCU team came in fourth place behind Michigan State, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Brigham Young in the competition for four-year college programs, but the students from Cullowhee ranked ahead of 27 other teams representing colleges such as Clemson, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Florida and Texas A&M.
The residential construction competition is one of the highlights of the NAHB’s annual International Builders’ Show. The show is considered to be the most important event of the year for the U.S. home building industry and it is the largest annual light construction trade show in the world.
During the competition, student teams have an opportunity to apply the skills they learn in the classroom by completing a proposal for residential construction that is judged by a group of construction company executives. This year, the teams from four-year programs developed a proposal for residential development of a 118-acre site in Utah, and they were required to discuss with judges the factors involved in all aspects of their proposal.
The WCU team included seniors Chancey Drew of Magnolia, Taylor Hall of Spruce Pine, Alex Hamilton of Leicester and Jordan Pierce of Winston-Salem; juniors Cory Honeycutt of Mount Pleasant and Amy Loring of Cary; and sophomore Garrett Lewis of Fallston. Gary Burke, a WCU assistant professor of construction management, served as the team’s adviser for the competition.
“This is an outstanding achievement for our students. It speaks volumes about their abilities, determination and competitiveness. We are extremely proud of this team of students and their faculty mentor, professor Gary Burke,” said Michael Smith, head and Kimmel Distinguished Professor in WCU’s Department of Construction Management.
During the competition awards ceremony, WCU student Alex Hamilton also was recognized as one of the top student competitors when he received an Outstanding Student Award.
For more information about WCU’s construction management program, call 828-227-2201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.