Honolulu Community College wins rookie of the year honors

Student chapter of National Association of Home Builders wins big at national competition

Honolulu Community College
Billie K T Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Communications & External Affairs, Honolulu Community College
Posted: Feb 7, 2013

Honolulu receives Rookie of the Year honors.
Honolulu receives Rookie of the Year honors.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter at Honolulu Community College won Rookie of the Year Honors in the Two-Year College category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) held at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.
More than 50 teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the United States participated in the annual competition.
“Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at Honolulu Community College,” said John Courson, president and CEO of HBI. “They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from drafting to scheduling to estimating.”
HBI administers the NAHB Student Chapters program for NAHB.
During the competition, students solve real-life construction management problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts.
"Our students worked hard on this project. It was difficult, it required hours of work after classes and these are only first year students in the program," said Norman Takeya, assistant professor in the Construction Management Program at Honolulu Community College. "This was an outstanding accomplishment for our students. Special thanks to Doug Pearson of Castle and Cooke, Mike Nunokawa, AIA from Trinity Management Group, Tim Bramsen from URS Corp., Mike Young from Bowers Kubota, Mike Inouye from Ralph S. Inouye Co, and Karen Nakamura and her staff at our local NAHB chapter for being mentors and providing guidance to our students."
The students, faculty and judges who participate devote many hours to prepare for and compete in the RCMC, but all that hard work pays off, explains Bill Faulk, assistant professor of building construction technology at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., and Two-Year RCMC committee chairman.
“Students learn so much through the months of preparation they often remark that they would do it again in a heartbeat. We feel confident that the team members are prepared to move on to a four-year education or a direct hire with a home building company or supplier,” Faulk said.
A full list of award winners, including faculty and student awards, can be found online at nahb.org/studentchapters.