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NDSCS students place third at national competition

NDSCS students of Wahpeton placed third in the competition.

Architectural drafting and estimating technology students at the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, defeated 47 competitors to place third at the National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando, Fla. in early January.

The seven-member NDSCS team presented their solutions and recommendations for a partial house plan project.

Team members included: Brian Heinz, a second year architectural drafting student from West Fargo; Trevor Deyo, a second year construction management student from Breckenridge, Minn.; Justin Shannon, a second year architectural drafting student from Grafton; Kelsey Fisch, a construction technology, architectural drafting and business and construction management student from Winona, Minn.; Lara Lekang, a second year architectural drafting student from Wahpeton; Kate VanHout, a second year architectural drafting student; and Casey Johnson, a first year architectural drafting student from Grafton.

The students put in between 5 and 15 hours a week outside of class, work and extracurricular activities during the fall semester to ensure completion for the Dec. 8 deadline. Their solution meets NAHB Green Building Standards Silver Level requirements, and has a full set of working drawings, labor and material estimates and a construction schedule.

This year, 50 teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the country participated in the competition. The annual competition gives students a real-life construction management project to solve and then present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. This is the third NDSCS appearance at the national competition.

For further information about the competition, please contact Randy Stach, Architectural Drafting - Associate Professor, Chair, at 701-671-2116 or