Student Contractors Win National Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 01-20-2016

Zach Phillips
Public Affairs
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Alan Bond, Lecturer
Department of Construction Management
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The California State University, Chico student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) won third place in the 2015 National Outstanding Student Chapter Competition. 

Students planting a treeThe AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given to those student chapters that undertake projects that significantly benefit the local community, whether they be school campuses, community organizations or private individuals. Through participation in this outreach, university students learn and exemplify the fundamental AGC tenets of skill, integrity and responsibility so that they will become outstanding industry leaders.

This year marks the sixth time since 2009 that CSU, Chico’s student chapter has placed in the top three of the National Outstanding Student Chapter Competition. The chapter has won first prize three times total, most recently in December 2014 for its Blitz Build project.

CSU, Chico’s portfolio of projects and community outreach had five projects in all, including participation in Career GPS, a one-day event exposing 6,000 regional high school students to CSU, Chico’s construction management department and the AGC. The chapter also participated in The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service, repainting the exterior of 10 portable classrooms at a local elementary school.

AGC students completed a Blitz Plant project where students participated in the pre-planning and planting phases of 32 native trees around the city of Chico in areas of need. Students also participated in an ACE Mentor program where AGC the helped promote the construction industry among high school students through a project and competition over the course of a year.

Finally, the AGC students partnered with the CSU, Chico Community Service Contractor Advisory Committee as well as local companies to reroof Durham’s Veteran Hall, which is used for many functions along with member meetings and community events.

AGC has nearly 200 student chapters nationwide that provide young professionals with the opportunity to learn, observe and develop their skills with current leaders in the industry. CSU, Chico’s chapter is student-led, with Jimmy Bryars serving as president; Nick Mencarini as executive vice president; Matt James as vice president; Matt Hall as treasurer; and Brittany Vermillion as secretary.

Learn more about the Department of Construction Management here. Read more about the Blitz Plant here.

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Photo caption: Construction management students including Cameron Keith, left, participated in a “blitz plant” project resulting in 32 new trees in south Chico.