CSU, Chico News

Student Club Wins National Award for Construction Service Project

Date: 11-02-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) student chapter has been honored as the top chapter in the country for its efforts building transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

David Shirah, chapter adviser and faculty member in the Department of Construction Management, said he received word CSU, Chico had won the national Outstanding Student Chapter award last month. He said the award is given out each year to the chapter that best exemplifies service to community.

Construction Management students organized more than 200 student and community volunteers to build two houses in two weeks for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in January 2010. The “Blitz Build” project was the latest in a series of community service projects by College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management students, along with other volunteers.

Shirah said last year CSU, Chico finished third behind Kansas State and Boise State in the voting for outstanding student chapter. This year, Iowa State was second and Kansas State was third.

Shirah said the AGC chapter was launched at CSU, Chico soon after the Construction Management program began in 1977. He said he was a member of the group while a student at CSU, Chico in the early 1980s.

Based in Washington, D.C., AGC is a national trade association representing more than 33,000 firms in the contracting industry with chapters in all 50 states.


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