UMass students compete in Las Vegas home builders competition

Winners to be announced Wednesday night

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – An exciting day for UMass students competing at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Fifteen students have traveled there for the Residential Construction Management Competition.

Last week we introduced you to Robert Robinson, just one of six UMass students who presented at the competition.

“We had to come up with all the layout designs, the work and the estimates,” Robinson told 22News. He’s one of the Co-President’s of UMass’ construction project.

The competition allows students to apply the skills learned in the classroom, to a real construction company, presenting a fully developed proposal to a panel of investors.

“We’re representing our school, and we have so much time invested in this project. We want to get our names out there as a program,” said Zach Kushner, the project’s other Co-President.

UMass is competing against 35 other colleges and universities. They need to present items like construction cost estimates, a project timeline, estimate the return on their investment, even go over marketing and risk analysis.

“It’s a real world thing for them. It’s not just a project. This is a thing you can really submit,” said Hunter Marosits, of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts.

Now, more than 2,650 miles away in Las Vegas, Wednesday night the judges will decide which of the 35 schools had the top presentation. UMass outlined their project proposal Tuesday afternoon. Although, it’s not just about winning. It’s about the experience.

“I think the biggest thing for them is it develops maturity, presentation skills, and the ability also to go off on their own and figure out how they would do things with a building project,” said Bradford Campbell, the Executive Director of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts.

This isn’t UMass first time at the building competition. Back in 2014, their first year entering, they took home the “Rookie of the Year” award.  Around 8 o’clock Wednesday night, the competition winners will be announced. Once that happens, we’ll post an update on our website, and bring you the results on 22News at 10 & 11.

To learn more about the students competing this year and their project, Click Here.

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