Construction Technology Students Win First Place at National Homebuilders Show

After more than six years, the first place trophy finally now resides at Utah Valley University.

A Utah Valley University team took top honors at the recent annual Residential Construction Management Competition for 2 year programs sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders in Las Vegas. The winning five person Residential Construction Management team was comprised of second year UVU Construction Technology students.

The team members included, Alex Evans, Amy Carter, Lisa Seacrest, Peter Geilman, and Steven Cooper. The team was coached by Associate Professor DeWayne Erdmann.  Each of the five students spent about 100 hours on the project.

In September, as part of the competition, the team was sent floor plans of a custom designed home and had to prepare detailed plans for drawing, estimating and scheduling construction. The home was to be built in St. Louis so the team had to also research area-specific rules and regulations. Then with just 30 days notice, the team had to do a comprehensive market analysis and redesign the drawings to cost effectively meet the Silver Green Building Standard. After submitting their written project, the team orally presented their project to the judges in Las Vegas and then had to endure a torturous question and answer session.

“The judges just ripped into them,” said Associate Professor DeWayne Erdmann who served as the team’s coach. “But it is a real life experience. It’s a real house, built in a real place and as builders you have to answer for everything. Our team handled it with true professionalism. I could not be prouder of them.”

This is the first time UVU has taken home first place. Previously, UVU’s teams had finished in second place once and in third place four times.

“This award looks really, really good on a resume,” said Professor Erdmann. “People that know the industry understand that these students really know their stuff.”

UVU’s 4-year team also competed. The team included Lynae Malchus, Nathan Jackson, Kurt Antonino, Kevin Jensen, Danny Hall, and Greg Tanner. The team was coached by Associate Professor Eric Linfield and competed nationally against 39 colleges and Universities.

In addition to the first place win in the 2-year program, UVU’s Nathan Jackson also won an Outstanding Student Award, just one of 29 students nationwide to be chosen.

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