DBIA Team Places First in National Student Competition

Washington State University Wins 2017 Student Competition

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WSU News, November 17, 2017: By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

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Tucker Jones, Construction Management
David Chun, Construction Management
Frederick Stidhams, Architecture
Kelli Young, Interior Design
Collin Schweikl, Landscape Architecture

Dr. David Gunderson, Faculty Coach (Construction Management faculty)

The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2017 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwestern United States.

“Alliance Construction,” representing all four disdciplines at the School of Design and Construction, started their journey to a national first place finish by placing first in the NW Region and receiving the RFP (Request for Proposal). The regional competition was extremely strong, and jury members were very impressed with the team’s qualifications and responses to the RFQ.

Washington State University’s team was chosen as one of the top three teams, along with Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Oklahoma, invited to present their proposal at the DBIA Conference in Philadelphia (November 8-10, 2017), with the presentation worth 20% of the total score. Presentation scores added to the Proposal scores to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd places overall.

WSU received $2,000 from the DBIA’s NW Region for placing first in the regional competition, and $3,000 from DBIA’s national office for being chosen in the top three teams after the Proposals from the regional winners were submitted in response to the RFP. All funds helped pay for the students’ travel and accommodations.

In 2016, Dr. Gunderson led an integrated student team to a second place finish in the same competition.

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