Mar 7, 2019
The NAHB Student Chapter at Cal Poly won third place in the Four-Year College category of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Competition held at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.
More than 67,000 home building professionals from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted the 75th anniversary of the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 19-21. IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once again combined for the annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW), which drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees.
Exhibit space for IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology. In all, DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. Many of the exhibitors noted the increased foot traffic this year.
Next year, IBS and Design & Construction Week will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 21-23, 2020.
Fifty-seven teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition.
“Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at Cal Poly,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. “They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from land development to marketing to scheduling to estimating.” During the competition, students solve real-life construction management problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. [Please insert quote from team captain or advisor about the significance to the team of participating in the competition and winning.]
“The NAHB Student Advisory Board is proud that the competition has evolved into a prestigious event for the participants, their schools and the building industry,” said Justin Honey, faculty member at Pittsburg University and chairman of the NAHB Student Chapters Advisory Board. “Students will remember the competition for the rest of their lives. The judges were impressed with this year’s group, and we expect once again that the participants will be highly sought after when it comes to job offers,” said competition consultant, Dianne Slattery, Ph.D., Slattery Consulting.
Feb 25, 2019
Cal Poly Faculty Member Wins Outstanding Education Award at International Builders Show
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management faculty member Scott Kelting was awarded the Outstanding Education Award by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters program.
The award recognizes and encourages high-quality standards in teaching construction education. Educators are recognized for their voluntary extracurricular activities, including those with construction industry organizations, as well as their construction experience and professional initiatives.
“This is a well-deserved award for Dr. Kelting,” Construction Management Department Head Allan Hauck said. “He has led our efforts in developing innovative coursework related to the housing industry and the construction management practices for residential development. His students recognize Scott’s expertise in these areas and appreciate his dedication to this field.”
Kelting, who has taught at Cal Poly since 2007, serves as faculty advisor to the Real Property Development Minor, the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, and the NAHB and Associated Schools of Construction student competition teams. Kelting’s research and professional development is focused on housing, and he has published a text book on residential construction and materials.
Kelting received the award at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in February.
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach with Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy and have an impact on students’ careers,” Kelting said.
About Cal Poly’s Construction Management Program
The Construction Management Department — which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 — is one of the most respected programs in the country. With more than 500 full-time students, it prepares graduates to lead project teams of other professionals in the completion of complex infrastructure projects. These graduates are actively recruited by more than 200 firms spanning the globe.
Feb 25, 2019
Front L-R: Alyssa Mathias and Sherry Saroufeem
Back L-R: Adam Alvarez, Austin Logan,Ryan O'Neill, and Dante Feliciano
Cal Poly Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at National Competition
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors and took home more trophies than any other university at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Reno, Nevada. Five out of 12 Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories.
Cal Poly students earned first in the Concrete, Heavy Civil, and Mixed Use categories; and third in the Commercial and Project Management categories. Concrete and Project management were national awards, while Commercial, Heavy Civil, and Mixed Use were regional.
A total of 197 teams from 49 universities competed in this year’s competition, held Feb. 6-9. A record-high 1,463 construction management students (including alternates) participated in the competition, including 96 Cal Poly students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 31 years.
“The ASC Competiton provides an unrivaled opportunity for students to display their knowledge in a format which is as challenging as it is rewarding. We would encourage students to get involved as early as possible and look forward to seeing the future successes of Cal Poly as proud alumni of the Construction Management Department.,” said first place Concrete Team Captains Harrison Woods and Tony Pellegrini. “We would like to thank the Construction Management Department's faculty and professors for their tireless devotion to student success. Additionally, we would like to thank our Industry Sponsors and coaches for their incredible support and willingness to aid in our team's preparation.”
Construction Management Department Head Al Hauck added: “The ASC student competitions are the most impressive example of student professional development in our department. The students are asked to solve realistic technical and management problems similar to what they will experience in their careers. Once again this year, the department provided this opportunity for nearly 100 of our students on 12 teams thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters. We appreciate their ongoing support.”
This year ended with a bang as the students ended up snowed in for two days following the competition. “Some of us spent time celebrating, some focused on keeping up with school work, and others took advantage of the time to rest and catch up on sleep,” said Project Management Team member Katie Love. “We had enough time to socialize with people, not just from other Cal Poly teams, but teams from other schools, something that did not happen much during the competition. As much as our team members each did our own thing, we still found time to spend together to celebrate the end of the competition.”
For complete competition results, go to http://www.asc67.org.
For more information about Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and to see photos of the winning teams, go to https://construction.calpoly.edu/content/competitions-and-awards/asc-6-7.
Dec 10, 2018
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Nov 19, 2018
Cal Poly Construction Management Students Sweep Regional Invitational
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students garnered four first-place trophies at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 Division Competition on Oct. 17. This is the first year that Cal Poly has swept first place in all of the open categories. It is also the sixth year Professor Greg Starzyk has taken at least one team to Downers Grove, IL. to compete in one of the competition’s open categories.
"There was something special about all four of this year's teams. They worked so well together that they made the work appear effortless. You could feel the trust and support that they gave to each other, “noted Starzyk.
The four teams, consisting of six students each, began practicing in the spring quarter. Because Cal Poly is a quarter school, it is necessary to get such an early start since the Region 3 competition starts on October 17th. Once, classes begin in September, the teams have just under a month to fine tune their skills.
ASC Region 3 consists of schools from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. While there are seven categories open to all ASC Region 3 schools, four of those are open to teams from any ASC school in the nation. The open national categories are Concrete, Electrical, Preconstruction, and Project Solutions. These four categories had 7 teams, 5 teams, 8 teams & 9 teams competing respectively.
4th year construction management student Harrison Woods of the Concrete Team, spent his summer internship preparing for this competition.
“Over the summer I participated in the carpenter’s apprenticeship internship with a concrete subcontractor, Largo Concrete, INC. I continued to ask as many questions as I could come up with, trying to form them with the needs of my (competition) team in mind.”
But preparing can only get you so far. The majority of work takes place on the Thursday of the competition with the teams sequestered in their rooms. Once the deliverables (bid proposals, estimates, schedules, change orders, etc.) are dropped off Thursday night, teams are given until Friday to practice how they will present to the judges.
“The greatest challenge is time management. Given that we had more than 24 hours between the assignment of the prompt and the meeting with the judges, most would think that there would be a surplus of time, however, our attempt to understand the project as thoroughly as possible meant every hour was valuable to us,” said 4th year construction management student Arlen Hartoonian, also a member of the Concrete Team.
For complete competition results, go to http://ascregion3.wixsite.com/ascregion3
For more information about Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and to see photos of the winning teams, go to construction.calpoly.edu/content/competitions-and-awards/asc-3.
Feb 23, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors at the Associated Schools of Construction competition held in February in Reno, Nev. Seven out of twelve Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories. Overall, Cal Poly took home more trophies than any other university.
Cal Poly students took first in the Mechanical, Preconstruction and Project Management categories; second in the Heavy Civil category; and third in the Design Build, Electrical and Virtual Design & Construction categories.
A total of 195 teams from 49 universities competed in this year’s competition. This year a record 1413 construction management students (including alternates) participated in the competition- 97 of which were from Cal Poly. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 30 years.
“The ASC Student Competitions are the most impressive example of student professional development in our department. The students are asked to solve realistic technical and management problems similar to what they will experience in their careers,” said Department Head Al Hauck. “Once again this year, the department provided this opportunity for nearly 100 of our students on 12 teams thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters. We appreciate their ongoing support.”
For complete competition results, go to: http://www.asc67.org.
For Cal Poly's Competition page complete with pictures of winning teams, go to: https://construction.calpoly.edu/content/competitions-and-awards/asc-6-7
Feb 7, 2018
(2nd row- Left to Right): Scott Kelting, Sarah De Los Reyes, Tyler Ingel, Thomas Fuentez, Trevor Nally, Jeffrey Hammond, Alexander Gama, Jeffrey Phunmongkol, Stacy Kolegraff
(1st row- Left to Right): Abraham Ahmed, Carter Jones, Jeremy Suryadi, Tyler Hall, Eric Martinez
Feb 6, 2018
Please join us in congratulating Kelly Williams for her outstanding presentation to ELECTRI International (the foundation for the National Electrical Contractors Association [NECA]) at their January Council meeting. Our Cal Poly NECA student club submitted a proposal in response to ELECTRI’s Student Community Service Initiative, which promotes the growth of college and university programs to advance the development of efficient and sustainable energy solutions and cultivate the professional development and personal growth of students.
Kelly represented Cal Poly well, earning an award of $20,000 for our NECA student club chapter. This award, along with the club's recent fund-raising event, will allow club members to perform student service learning projects in Shell, Ecuador and the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
Nov 14, 2017
Left to right: Kelly Williams Carlye Cunningham Jakub Smoleň and Jakub Leško
This past week, Cal Poly CM students Kelly Williams and Carlye Cunningham took part in the ASC Region 8 International Construction competition, placing 2nd out of 11 teams from 11 different Universities and 4 different countries. The two were a part of a joint team with two students from the Czech Technical University in Prague.
The competition took place in Liverpool, England at Liverpool John Moores University. The first day of the competition, the team worked for 7 hours on a problem statement for a 6 story hotel tenant improvement project. The next day, the team presented their project in front of a panel of judges. Next the judges deliberated and called back the top 4 teams for 20 minutes of question and answer about the project. After this round, the judges made their decisions and the Cal Poly team was very proud to hear the results.
The competition was different than any other ASC competition, connecting construction students from all over the world and challenging them to adapt to the differences between European and American construction.
Nov 1, 2017