Norman Takeya
Norman Takeya

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters program awarded Assistant Professor Norman Takeya the Outstanding Educator award in a ceremony held at the 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this month.

Sponsored by Delmar Cengage Learning, this prestigious award recognizes and encourages high quality standards in teaching construction education. Educators are recognized for their voluntary extracurricular activities, including those with construction industry organizations, as well as their construction experience and professional initiatives.

More than 100,000 builders, remodelers, students, faculty members and suppliers packed the aisles at the 2016 International Builders’ Show, Design & Construction Week.

“Congratulations to Professor Takeya” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. “Norman demonstrates a dedication to the field of teaching and helping students achieve their very best at Honolulu Community College.”

In addition, two student teams from Honolulu Community College’s Construction Management and Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technology programs participated in the 2016 Residential Construction Management Competition Sponsored by the NAHB Student Chapters.  A total of 53 teams for 2-year and 4-year colleges competed.  In the 2-year college category the HonCC student teams came in 5th and 7th place.  Construction management student Emily Borium won the Outstanding student award.

Honolulu CC student presenting in front of industry experts.

The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience. This competition is held in conjunction with the International Builders Show.

Industry professionals with BIA Hawai‘i, Castle & Cooke and Gentry Homes mentored the teams on a weekly basis to help them through the process.

The student teams are grateful to their major team sponsors:

Building Industry of Hawaii

Graham Builders

Independent Living Builders

Leaps and Bounds Surveying

National Association of Home Builders

Pacific Architects

SS Dannaway & Associates