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Students Win Design Build Competition

Heather Redrow and Joshua Hendon win Design Build competition

College of Architecture, Design, and Construction students won First Place in the Region II 2014 Associated Schools of Construction Design-Build competition in North Carolina, October 31, 2014. The collaborative team consisted of two Architecture students and four Building Science students

This twelve-hour on-site competition began with a pre-bid meeting where students received the competition problem for an administrative building on the campus of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Working as a professional organization, the team prepared a proposal for complete design, construction, budget adherence, schedule, and building code compliance. The competition concluded the next day with a team presentation of their proposal.The Auburn team included

Buddy Bruhn, Cost Estimator
Heather Redrow, Lead Architect and BIM Coordinator
Joshua Hendon, Associate Architect
Jaron Bennett, President
Russell Byrd, Project Manager
Kole Oglesby, Superintendent

After meeting Hendon, a fourth-year architecture student from Monroe, Georgia, through a collaborative architecture studio, Building Science Prof. Darren Olsen invited him to join one of the construction competition teams Olsen coached last fall. Hendon felt the team could benefit from another designer and requested that Heather Redrow, a fourth-year architecture student from Carrollton, Georgia, be brought on board. The group quickly became a cohesive unit, and credited the architecture students' design as one of the primary reasons for their win.

"The Design-Build competition offered a great opportunity to work with the McWhorter School of Building Science and gain exposure to the more practical side of construction and architecture." Hendon writes of the collaboration.

These collaborations between architecture and building students are providing invaluable experiences beyond the studio and classroom as well as building bonds of professional relationships and mutual respect.