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Press Release for Thursday, February 5, 2015

UNF Wins National Association of Home Builders Student and Advisory Awards


Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


          The National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters program awarded the University of North Florida the Outstanding Student Chapter at the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show, Design and Construction Week, which recognizes student chapters for outstanding achievements in chapter activities, green programs, diversity and activities with local builders associations.


          “This national recognition reflects the dedication and focus the School of Construction Management faculty have on personalized, hands-on education at UNF,” said Mark Tumeo, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction dean. “We are very proud of our students and deeply grateful for the support of the industry, exemplified by Mr. Hacker.”


          The chapter returned to the University with more than bragging rights. The NAHB also awarded the winning group a check for $1,250. Sponsored by the NAHB Leading Suppliers, the award was given to the UNF student chapter in Las Vegas earlier this month during the 2015 International Builders’ Show, Design and Construction Week, where more than 75,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers were in attendance.


          Additionally, David Hacker, adjunct instructor in the UNF School of Construction Management and student chapter industry advisor, was awarded Outstanding Industry Advisory Board Member. This award is presented to a NAHB builder member serving on the Construction Management Industry Advisory Board at a university/college to recognize outstanding service and volunteerism. Advisors play key roles as student and industry relations are vital to the educational experience.


          “Congratulations to the University of North Florida and David,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB, who acted as master of ceremonies for the awards. “This student chapter demonstrates excellence in campus and community involvement, and David demonstrates a dedication to the field of teaching and helping students achieve their very best.”


            The students built a home for Habijax and have remodeled three houses and provided “service-learning” tasks for Builders’ Care, a nonprofit construction contractor whose mission is to provide affordable-to-no-cost construction services to the elderly, disabled and other nonprofits in Northeast Florida. The club also won second place at the national student competition in 2013.


          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. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.


          The UNF Construction Management program offers a management-oriented, technical curriculum that prepares students for a variety of positions in the construction industry. The program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, and provides its graduates with the well-rounded education needed to be a future leader in the construction industry. 


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.