SUNY Delhi wins first place at the Residential Construction Management Competition

NYSBA congratulates SUNY Delhi on winning first place at the Residential Construction Management Competition held in conjunction with the International Builders Show in Orlando. The team consisted of five sophomores from the Residential Construction program: Christopher Wadeson, Denny Li, Stephen Paskowski, Christopher Kneer and Kyle O’Connell.

According to NAHB, over 85,000 people attended the International Builders Show this year, which hosts over 2,000 exhibitors.

“This first place finish is a great complement to the SAFE Award received last year from the NAHB and to the 3rd place finish in the same competition received in 2016. Over the past four years we have performed exceptionally well at this event, proving the superior level of instruction students receive in SUNY Delhi’s Residential Construction program.“ – Assistant Professor Alex Brownell, team coach and club advisor.

1st Place

The proposal requires students to develop a full set of working drawings, complete material and labor estimates, and a schedule outlining the duration of the project. The project scope and location changes each year, depending on the competition sponsor. This year the project was located in Amherst, Wisconsin. Therefore, students had to research the local building codes, zoning and building methods for that area and apply that information to their proposal. Furthermore, students were asked to explore the use of pre-manufactured panelized wall sections as an option to conventional framing. This required an additional project schedule and adjustments to the original estimate. At the show, students present their proposal to a panel of industry professionals, and field challenging questions.

Brownell stated: “Collectively, the students put in over 600 hours outside of class during the fall semester to complete this proposal. This is a real life experience and these students showed the initiative and dedication needed to be successful in this industry. They gave up a lot of their free time and I commend them for that. They deserve this and I could not be more proud of their accomplishment, which will accompany them throughout their careers.”

In addition to being part of the winning team, Christopher Wadeson was recognized by NAHB with the Outstanding Student Award from the SUNY Delhi Student Chapter of NAHB. Chris maintains a high GPA and nearly perfect attendance. Chris was on the competition team last year as well, and this year served as the team captain. He is currently also serving as treasurer of the SUNY Delhi NAHB club.