A team of NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students won first place in the category of Virtual Design and Construction at the Associated Schools of Construction (Regions 6 and 7) 2013 Student Competition near Reno, Nev., Feb. 5–8. NSAD competed against student teams from 11 other schools around the country. The school’s winning team was composed of six students from the architecture and construction management programs.
This was NSAD’s first time participating in the competition, making the win particularly significant for the school’s relatively new construction management department, which introduced a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program in 2010. A fully online Master of Construction Management program was added in 2011. The win also highlights the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning at NSAD The team of architecture and construction management students competed against 11 other schools from around the country in the Open Category of Virtual Design and Construction at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev., just outside of Reno.
“We are extremely proud of our NSAD student team members, who demonstrated their superb professionalism, diligence and talent at this challenging competition against some of the top construction management students in the country,” said NSAD President Steve Altman. “The participation of students from both our architecture and construction management programs also demonstrates the benefits of interdisciplinary learning, which is encouraged here at NSAD.”
NSAD student team members included Jake Jaenicke, Vincent Macias and Joe Kovac, who are all enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program, and Steven Hansen, Antonio Barragan and Athena Dadiz, who are all in the Bachelor of Architecture program. Other NSAD students involved in the competition were German Morales, who served as a team alternate, and Charles Marion, who served as student coach. Both are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program. The team’s faculty coach was George Welch, who is interim chair of NSAD’s construction management department.
Former Construction Management Chair Linda Thomas-Mobley, now NSAD’s dean of academic and student affairs, and Construction Management Advisory Board members also provided support to Welch and the students. Specialists with Balfour Beatty Construction— including Brad Hardin, national vice president–technology, and Elizabeth Angel, BIM manager—assisted the students in preparing for the competition.