Design-Build Institute of America announces Auburn as a finalist in student competition

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is a finalist in the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2013 National Design-Build Student Competition.

Auburn’s Design-Build team, Tiger Building Company, will now compete against teams from Colorado State University and California State University-Sacramento at the DBIA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-6.

The four students on Auburn’s team are Kevin Hill of Southside, Ala., William Holcomb of Hoover, Ala., and Jarod Taylor of Mobile, Ala., from the McWhorter School of Building Science, as well as Kevin Laferriere of Ft. Myers, Fla., from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. They worked collaboratively to develop a design and construction plan for a $29 million, 80,000-square-foot residence hall. The team provided a broad, all-encompassing solution to meet the qualifications needed to accomplish the owner’s goals. They were coached by Ben Farrow, an assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science, Paul Holley, co-director of Integrated Design and Construction, and Mike Thompson, an assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science.

“The students worked so incredibly hard on this project, and we are so proud of all of them,” Ben Farrow said. “It is evident that our students are among the best and brightest in all architecture and construction management programs across the country. We look forward to a great experience at the national competition and to learning a lot at the DBIA conference.”

In the final round, the team will have one week to respond to an issued request for proposal, RFP. The three finalists will compete for the grand prize in front of a jury of design-construction professionals and a live audience

“It is vital that we educate and prepare the next generation of ‘design-build done right’ practitioners,” said Lisa Washington, executive director and CEO of the Design-Build Institute of America. “We applaud these universities that recognize the value of ‘design-build done right’ and are preparing students to gain a competitive edge when they enter the design and construction industry workforce. The institute’s National Design-Build Student Competition helps to address the critical task of attracting more students into our industry and teaching them why design-build is fast becoming the project delivery method of choice.”

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(Written by Jourdan Cooper.)

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