TCC Construction Management Students Take Top Honors at National Competition

Flanked by two National Association of Home Builders representatives are: (L to R): Team Captain Nicholas Rex, Coach Orlando Bagcal. Jennifer Weaver and Hunter Reinhardt

Flanked by two National Association of Home Builders representatives are: (L to R) Team Captain Nicholas Rex, Coach Orlando Bagcal. Jennifer Weaver and Hunter Reinhardt

South Campus students recently placed first in the national Residential Construction Management Competition in the Two-Year Programs category. Sixteen schools with two-year programs entered the competition, which is a highlight of the International Builders’ Show and part of the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters.
 
“The competition provides opportunity for students to showcase and demonstrate their knowledge and skills,” said Orlando Bagcal, an associate professor of construction at the South Campus. “Winning this competition certainly demonstrates the strength of our construction management offerings and is a testament to the quality and caliber of our students in the program.”
 
In addition to placing first in the Two-Year Programs category, the South Campus team also landed third place in the Outstanding Student Chapters category. Russell Miller took home an Outstanding Student Award, which is based on grade point average, involvement in the local student chapter, involvement with the local home builders’ association and interest in pursuing a residential building career.
 
The South Campus Construction Management program has a strong track record in the Residential Construction Management Competition. They won Rookie of the Year the first year they entered in 2011. The team’s rankings as a two-year-program moved up from fifth place in 2013 to second place in 2014 and first place this year. Every year since 2011, one of TCC’s students has received an Outstanding Student Award. In 2013, Bagcal was awarded the National Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters.
 
The TCC four-member team of students included Nicholas Rex, Miller, Hunter Reinhardt and Jennifer Weaver, the first female student to represent TCC in the competition.
 
For the competition, students complete a management proposal for a project, which includes a site plan, product design, estimate, schedule, marketing and risk analysis, cash flow forecast and other essential elements. Proposals are judged by construction company executives. During the International Builders’ Show, students defend their proposals to the executives before an audience.
Citing the benefits of the competition, Team Captain Rex said, “I learned the value and importance of team work and accountability for each other’s work that leads to a successful project.”