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NDSCS students soar high in national construction competition

Posted on 1/26/2011

Photo of NAHB Competitors
Front row: Kelsey Fisch, Lara Lekang, Katie Van Hout; Second row: Brian Heinz, Trevor Deyo, Shannon Mehrer (Advisor); Back row: Casey Johnson, Justin Shannon
Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology students at the North Dakota State College of Science soared past 47 competitors to place third in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando, Fla. in early January. The seven-member NDSCS team presented their solutions and recommendations for a partial house plan project.

The students put in between five and 15 hours a week outside of class, work and extra curricular activities during the fall semester to ensure completion for the December 8th deadline. Their solution meets NAHB Green Building Standards Silver Level requirements and has a full set of working drawings, labor and material estimates and a construction schedule.

The seven students include: Trevor Deyo, a second year construction management student from Breckenridge, Minn.; Justin Shannon, a second year architectural drafting student from Grafton, N.D.; Kelsey Fisch, a construction technology, architectural drafting and business and construction management student from Winona, Minn.; Brian Heinz, a second year architectural drafting student from West Fargo, N.D.; Lara Lekang, a second year architectural drafting student from Wahpeton, N.D.; Kate VanHout, a second year architectural drafting student from Alexandria, Minn.; and Casey Johnson, a first year architectural drafting student from Grafton, N.D.

This year 50 teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the country participated in the competition. The annual competition gives students a real-life construction management project to solve and then present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. This is the third NDSCS appearance at the national competition.

Information about the competition:
The NAHB Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition is one of the highlights at the annual International Builders' Show. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience. Further information regarding this competition can be found at


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