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Penn College Construction Students Bring Home National Title

Welcome home, champs! A team of two-year students from Penn College’s School of Construction and Design Technologies claimed first-place honors at this year’s National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition held during last weekend’s 2011 International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. Members of the championship team, coached by Barney A. Kahn, instructor of building construction technology, were Thomas Whitehouse, Brandt and Brent Hey, and Shane Beckner. Brigham Young University placed second in the two-year competition; North Dakota State College of Science finished third. A team of four-year construction students also competed. Coached by Garret Graff, assistant professor of building construction technology, they were Zachary McAllister, Michael Buchalski, Michaele Incontro, Erin Smith, Caleb Baechtle and Nicholas Forrester. The top finishers among four-year teams were Cal Poly, first; Middle Tennessee State University, second; and Brigham Young, third. The teams both of which represented the Penn College Construction Association were among 50 representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools that participated in the competition, which gives students a real-life construction-management project to solve in presentations to a panel of industry judges.