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NDSCS students finish No. 1 in National Residential Construction Management competition

Posted on 2/1/2013

NDSCS students compete
Five students from North Dakota State College of Science competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition hosted by the National Association of Home Builders where they finished in first place out of 15 teams.

The team consisted of one Construction Management Technology student - Bailey Tennant of Glendive, Mont., and four Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology students - Lakshantha Ruwanpathirana of Fargo, N.D., Alex Palmer of Glendive, Mont., Tanner Johnson of Dickinson, N.D., and Brady Snell of Fargo, N.D. Shannon Mehrer, program coordinator of construction management technology, served as the team's advisor.

Students completed a management project/proposal and submitted it to a group of construction company executives for judging. At the convention, students were able to defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.

The competition was established by the National Association of Home Builders to offer students a real life residential construction experience. The competition does this by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their problem solving skills by preparing a solution through documents, which include the development of working drawings, a labor and materials estimate and a construction schedule.

"Taking first place in this competition shows that NDSCS has an incredibly strong technical program, not only in Construction Management, but also in Architectural Drafting and Estimating as well," said Mehrer.

This marks the fifth time that NDSCS students have competed in the Residential Construction Management Competition. NDSCS was the only two-year college from North Dakota in the competition. Other two-year colleges competing included: Brigham Young University (Idaho), Cincinnati State (Ohio), College of Southern Idaho (Idaho), Dunwoody College of Technology (Minn.), Hinds Community College (Hawaii), Jefferson State Community College (Ala.), Linn State Technical College (Mo.), Montgomery College (Md.), Northcentral Technical College (Wis.), Pennsylvania College of Technology (Pa.), San Joaquin Valley College (Calif.), Tarrant County College Southeast (Texas) and Utah Valley University (Utah).

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