A group of construction management majors took second place in a contest that challenged them to design and build a shelter for Syrian refugees.

The 2014 World Vision/John Brown University Disaster Shelter Design Competition challenged students from across the country to design and construct a rapidly deployable transitional disaster shelter that would “meet the needs of a typical Syrian family who are seeking refuge in one of the numerous border camps dotted along the Syrian border in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.”

This is the first year Pitt State students competed in the event. The team finished second behind the host school, John Brown University.

“It’s an awesome competition to be a part of,” senior Austin Leake said. “It’s exciting to know that something that is designed by Pitt State students could have ended up helping families who are trying to survive war in their home country.”

The competition took place in April at JBU in Siloam Spring, Ark.

“We are incredibly pleased and proud of how our students performed at the competition,” Assistant Professor Norman Philipp said. “They worked really hard on this project for many months, and that effort paid off at the competition.”