Cal Poly construction management senior Jennifer Gallegos won three awards – including an Outstanding Student award – at the recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
Gallegos, who is from Madera, Calif., won the Capturing the Best Moment Through a Photo Award and Staying Connected through Twitter Award, in addition to the NAHB Student Chapters Outstanding Student Award.
Gallegos’ winning photo was of a veteran for whom the NAHB decided to build a home. The NAHB asked the competitors to Tweet about their experiences during the NAHB competition. Gallegos posted Tweets that wished other teams good luck, encouraged other teams to watch Cal Poly teams present, and captured Cal Poly’s team adventures in Las Vegas.
The Outstanding Student Awards are based on grade point average, involvement in the local student chapter and the local home builders association, and interest in pursuing a residential building career. Students are selected by their chapter’s faculty advisor and awarded a certificate and gift card.
“Last year I was on the NAHB team as an alternative, and this year I had the pleasure of being captain of the team,” Gallegos said. “It was such a valuable experience that some of the team members and I are considering competing at NAHB again next year, and we are determined to earn first place.”
A full list of award winners, can be found online at nahb.org/studentchapters.
Cal Poly's National Associaton of Home Builders (NAHB) Team brought back second place at the 2013 national International Builders Show (IBS) and NAHB Competition. More than 50 teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition at the 2013 IBS, held in Las Vegas, NV. During the competition, students solved real-life construction management problems and presented their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. This marks the third year that Cal Poly's team has placed in the top three.
Cal Poly's Design-Build team brought back second place in the Design-Build Institute of America’s inaugural Design-Build Student Competition. Coach Barbara Jackson began making preparations before students even returned from summer break.
As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA, through collaboration between the organization’s 14 regions and national headquarters, put students to the test with a unique competition that mirrors best practices in design-build procurement.
The owner’s goals for the project included performance and office spaces, screening rooms, lecture areas and classrooms and an aesthetic that “Incorporates the historical, cultural and architectural context of the college and community.“
On November 8, during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo, Cal Poly's DBIA team was one of three finalists chosen to present. With conference attendees packing the room to watch their performance, the teams described their proposed design and construction solutions – including budget and schedule – and answered a battery of questions from the jury. Acting as the “Owner’s Team” the jury tested the students' knowledge of DBIA best practices and their ability to respond quickly and creatively to potential changes in budget, scope and schedule. The jury, composed of seasoned owner, architect, engineer, general and specialty contractor members, provided students with a window on the pre-award design-build delivery process.
Early this fall, the CM department at Cal Poly was invited to compete in the Pre-Con division by Region 3 of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC). The Competition was held on October 17-20, in Downer's Gove, a suburb of Chicago, IL. Little did Region 3 know that our students would settle for nothing less than first place, beating out MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) who stole first at Region 6 & 7 last year. The students had next to no time to prepare since the competition was announced during the first week of fall quarter. They had less than two months to assemble a team and start practicing. Led by Josh King & Matt Ohlund, and coached by Paul Weber, this team showed Region 3 what Cal Poly Construction Management is made of.
When asked to describe project, Matt Ohlund had this to say, "The ASC Region 3 Pre-con Competition required our team to develop a pre-construction proposal for a fifth story addition on an operational hospital. We were required to produce a general conditions budget for both the precon and construction phases, a full CPM schedule, a site logistics and safety plan, as well as a project quality plan. The owners of the hospital required a very demanding schedule and would not allow the hospital to be shut down for any construction activities. This required us to carefully develop our safety plan and schedule to minimize the risks associated with building above patient rooms. Despite the minimal time we had to prepare for the competition, we were able to come together with the knowledge we have gained in our classes at Poly and through our internships and develop a winning proposal."
Matt Concluded with, "We would like to thank Paul Weber, Jenay Reynolds, and the entire department for making this trip possible, we could not have done it without them"
The Associated Schools of Construction are divided into seven regions across the United States. Each year, regions will host their own competitions in divisions such as Mechanical, Electrical, Pre-Construction, LEED and Heavy-Civil. Depending on the number of teams generated within the hosting region, invitations will go out for other regions to send in their own competition teams. This is the second invitational Cal Poly Construction Management has competed in and they have kept up their first place winning streak. The department routinely sends twelve teams to compete in the Region 6 & 7 competition held in Sparks, NV.