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2017 Residential Construction Management Competition

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) is supporting a student team to attend the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) at the International Builders Show (IBS) January 9-11, 2017 in Orlando, FL. 

This competition challenges student teams to develop a real construction management proposal for a residential sub-division.  After developing their problem solutions in the fall semester, teams travel and present their work to a panel of real construction company executive judges at the International Builders Show (IBS).  This competition attracts 34-40 four-year institutions from across the country each year.

This year’s competition site is an existing 32 acre, $45.8 million site in Decatur, GA slated for redevelopment.  The team developed a 97-page proposal for a 376-unit townhome subdivision development that includes four different floorplans built to meet the gold rating from the National Green Building Standard.  The proposal also includes thoroughly vetted market, financial, and risk analyses and a land development plan.

The 2016-2017 team includes: Emma Dickson (CEE & Economics) as the team leader and Project Manager, Jack Dalton (Finance) as the Financial Analyst, Alex Stack (CEE) as the Land Development Specialist, Austin Will (Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship) as the Sales Specialist, Josh Kappel (AE) as the Chief Architect, and Giuseppe Ciotti (CEE) as the Assistant Project Manager.

2016-2017 team travel support was generously provided by the Toll Brothers IBS Travel Grant, the National Housing Endowment (NHE) IBS Travel Award, and the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC).

Since 2006, the Penn State NAHB Student Chapter has competed in the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition at the International Builders Show, which is typically held in Las Vegas, NV or Orlando, FL. This is a significant commitment both financially and for the students, faculty, and staff involved, but provides great educational value to the students.

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Press release on 2017 R C M C competition

Press release on 2016 R C M C team

Press release on 2015 R C M C team



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