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Press Release for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Construction Management Students Win High Honors at NAHB Competition

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


Problem-solving earned University of North Florida Construction Management students high honors at the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition. The four-student team, led by faculty advisor, David Hacker, placed second overall in a field of 35 universities from across the country, each with its own school of construction and engineering.


“We are excited to see UNF perform so well in a field of such tough competition,” said James Sorce, UNF Construction Management adviser and instructor. “This transformational learning opportunity really spotlights how these students can apply their learned skills into real-world careers.”


The competition gave students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals were submitted to a group of construction company executives who served as judges. During the convention, students defended their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.



More than 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers packed the aisles at the 2014 International Builders’ Show, Design and Construction Week. Fifty-six 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 UNF,” said John Courson, president and CEO of HBI and awards ceremony host. “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.”



This past fall, the UNF team, comprised of all seniors, were given a problem statement, which had project requirements and a deadline of early January. The students presented and defended their project the morning of February 5 at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in front of a panel of judges from industry experts.



The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multi-family construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country and more than 110 student chapters.


The mission of the UNF College of Computing, Engineering and Construction is to provide its students with the highest quality education and professional experiences, to achieve excellence in its teaching, scholarship and service and to continually enhance its programs through interactions with professional constituents in the community.


 UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.