A team of construction management students returned from this year’s International Builders Show with record-setting honors.
Six students in the Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies competed Jan. 18 at the IBS’s Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas. The team challenged 38 other four-year schools in a competition that tested their organization and management skills on a construction project in a town they’d never seen.
Justin Honey, a professor in the CMCET department and the team’s coach, has guided the students since last October on the project. The team’s task was to analyze the demographics of a real city (competition organizers assigned the city of Corsicana, Texas to the PSU team) and develop a construction plan to fit that community.
In the end, the team submitted a 150-page business plan, which they presented and defended at the competition alongside top Division I teams. The team took home Rookie of the Year honors as well as third place overall, becoming the competition’s first rookie to place that high.
The Pitt State team was surrounded by teams from Brigham Young University (1st place), the University of Denver (2nd place), Michigan State University (4th place), and Texas A&M (5th place).
The PSU team consisted of Lori VanDyne, of Independence, Kan.; Jon Fargo, a senior from Gardner, Kan.; Andrew Molgren, a senior from Newton, Kan.; Derek Jackson, a junior from Council Grove, Kan.; Derek Morgan, a sophomore from McPherson, Kan.; and Michael Gillis, a senior from Drexel, Mo.