Residential construction competition open to students

Dave Tucker, owner of Sedgewick Homes, today announced that the company will serve as the project model for the 2010 National Association of Home Builders tudent Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition.

This year’s construction design simulation competition challenges Student Chapters teams to develop a complete set of working drawings, a materials estimate and a construction schedule for home plans on behalf of North Carolina builder Sedgewick Homes, member of Wilkes County Home Builders Association. This is the first year that the competition has been conducted for a small-volume builder.

All teams are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the home building process from start to finish. It is anticipated that this year’s competition will attract approximately 70 teams from schools across the country in three divisions: four-year universities, two-year colleges and secondary schools.

“This annual competition gives students real-life construction project problems to solve and then present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts,” said Dave Tucker, who will serve as a judge. “These students are the future leaders of the homebuilding industry and we look forward to reviewing their proposals that incorporate technical and green innovations for this model construction project.”

Student teams began their projects in September and will submit their written work to the judges in December. The teams will spend the weeks leading up to the January 12, 2011 start of the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., preparing presentations for the judging panels. At IBS, the judging panels of project managers from NAHB-member companies will listen to the team presentations and challenge the students to defend their work, much like they would have to do in a real construction project presentation.

Winners of the competition will be announced on Jan. 14 at an awards ceremony at IBS. Awards will also be given for Outstanding Student Chapter, Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Junior Faculty, and Outstanding Students.

For more information about the RCMC, please visit www.nahb.org/rcmc.

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