Congratulations to the Honolulu Community College Team who placed 4th at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show (IBS) in the Associate Programs category at the International Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando, Florida in early January.

The student team is comprised of Architectural, Engineering, and CAD Technology (AEC) and Construction Management students. All the work required in the competition was done on the students’ own time outside of class.

Front Row Left to Right: Ashlynn Williams 1st Year Construction Management Focus, Nicole Cuaresma 2nd Year Architectural Tech Focus, Rona Lapada 2nd Year Architectural Tech Focus Second Row Left to Right: Wade Parker 1st Year Construction Management Focus, Allen Chon 2nd Year Construction Management Focus, Steven Brub 2nd Year Construction Management Focus

The NAHB 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.

Second-year Construction Management student Allen Chon commented that, “It gave me an unforgettable experience that the classroom cannot teach in this program. It encourages students to pursue opportunities.”

Home building professionals from around the world attended this year’s IBS — the biggest component of the annual Design & Construction Week®. The combined events drew more than 85,000 attendees. Of that total, about 60,000 were IBS registrants.

Team member Rona Lapada shared that, “This competition has taught me endurance and given me the experience I need in the Construction Field, I recommend more students as well as our university to take a closer look into this competition and it’s requirements. It’s great to have represented our state as well as our school!”

The Honolulu Team is grateful to their sponsors:

  • Building Industry Association Hawai‘i
  • Elite Pacific Construction
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Pacific Architects, Inc.