Cal Poly Students Rank High at Construction Mangagement Competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students captured second place in the four-year college category at the recent 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition.

The competition culminated with final presentations at the annual International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 19-21. This year, 34 universities participated, representing NAHB student chapters from across the country.

The competition challenged students to prepare a land acquisition proposal, including building cost estimates, a construction schedule, cash flow and return on investment projections, and marketing and risk analysis. Cal Poly’s team of business, architecture and construction management students collaborated to complete each aspect of the proposal. During the convention, students presented their proposals and defended their project in front of a panel of industry experts.

“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.”

Cal Poly team members included construction management students Garrett Whitlock (Sonora, Calif.), James Materne (Fresno, Calif.) and Eric Bet (Woodside, Calif.); architecture students Dylan Corr (Rockville, Md.) and Theodore Felix (Glastonbury, Conn.); business students Scott Heath (Sacramento), Cate Fisher (Visalia, Calif.), Chris Dwyer (Seattle) and Erich Mourey (San Diego); and ag business student Spencer Nielsen (Sacramento). Chris Bet, business alumnus and last year’s team captain, assisted with the presentation.

“Creating a team with a variety of expertise, professional experience, and the Learn by Doing educational philosophy is essentially what set Cal Poly apart and led to our success at this year’s competition,” said Heath, Cal Poly’s team captain. “This experience is a prime example of how our efforts in college can translate into a promising career.”

Cal Poly construction management Professor Scott Kelting served as faculty advisor. Finance Professor Pratish Patel also worked with the team on the finance and business portions of the project. Cal Poly’s team consulted with alumni in the industry and several local real estate, architecture and construction firms, including Robbins Reed, OPEX Global and Savills Studley.

This year’s second-place award marks the 11th time since 2001 that Cal Poly has finished in the top five at the competition. Cal Poly placed first in 2005, 2006 and 2011.


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