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UVU Construction Management Students Earn Top Honors At National And Regional Competitions

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February 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807

Construction management students at Utah Valley University recently earned top awards at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show Jan. 21-24 in Las Vegas.

UVU construction management students in two-year programs earned second place out of 16 teams. The UVU team of Cooper Darling, Alex Chamberlain, Eric Trott, Devin Brower and Jake Hone, was coached by DeWayne Erdman, UVU associate professor of construction technologies.

The competition consisted of a Design Build project where students created a full set of working drawings for a residential project, a complete cost estimate, a project schedule, green building techniques, and value engineering.

“The team had approximately three months to complete and submit the proposal. They compiled over 200 man hours to complete the project,” said Eric Linfield, UVU associate professor of building technology. “The team felt the experience was one of the highlights in their educational experience.”

Another group of students from the construction management program competed in three separate competitions at the annual regional Associated Schools of Construction Region Feb. 6-9 in Sparks, Nevada. More than 1,300 students attend this event each year. UVU entered the region 6 Mixed Use Project, Region 6 Heavy Civil and the Open Category of Determining Project Risk.

The Mixed Use team, consisting of Seth Kissell, Rodney McKee, David Swearingen, Devin Brower, Creggan Wagstaff and Tony Lake, took first place in the competition. Coached by Rob Warcup, assistant professor of construction technologies, and Ken Adams, adjunct professor, the team had to work their way through an intense daylong project.

They received a “problem,” a request for proposal, at about 6 a.m., and then went to their “office,” (their hotel room), to find a solution. The Mixed Use team had until 10 p.m. that evening to submit a proposal to the ‘owner’ of the project. After submitting the project, the team presented their proposal solution at 8 a.m. the next day to a team of judges made up of representatives from Layton Construction.

“During the debriefing, the judges said that ‘the competition has never been closer,’” Linfield said. “After the team received their first place award, some of the reps shared their feelings about the professionalism our UVU teams.” Both the Heavy Civil team and the Determining Project Risk team placed in the top five in their competitions.

“Thanks to the support of local contractors, UVU Construction Management students are prepared to enter the industry with the skills and experience necessary to compete for highly coveted positions nationally,” Linfield said.

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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