Student Organizations

To join any of the the student chapters described below, contact the current officers of student organizations at UW’s CM Department.

AGC Student Chapter
Undergraduate and graduate students may join the AGC Student Chapter, whose mission is “to integrate students into the professional construction industry.” Members of the Chapter receive membership and special privileges in four professional organizations (AGC, NAHB, ACI, and MCAA), personal business cards (500), and entry into the Student Resume Book, designed to help equip the student to enter the professional construction industry after graduation. AGC Chapter officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Associated General Contractors (AGC) representative, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representative, and MCAA representative) are elected at the end of the Winter quarter for the Junior class. The term of office is for one year starting in the Spring quarter. Chapter members pay an annual fee of $50, due in Autumn quarter and expiring the following Autumn.

AGC Student leaders for 2018-19

President – Will Niehoff @
Vice President – Joylyn Thurman @
Treasurer – Sam Read @
Secretary – Yishan Guan @

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Student Chapter

ABC of Western Washington represents more than 400 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry professionals, both union and open shop, who are united in the belief that a project should be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, or owner’s contractor of choice, regardless of labor affiliation; that union and open shop workers should be able to work side-by-side to provide the best project for the owner; and that workers should have the choice of whether they wish to join a union or not, and they should be rewarded on the basis of their individual skill and initiative. ABC’s Merit Shop philosophy is that a merit shop project provides the best value to the construction owner. The ABC-UW Student Chapter allows students to network with ABC member contractors. Activities include an annual trade show, auction, golf tournament and production of a bi-annual student resume book distributed to ABC member-contractors. The student chapter was founded in 2004.

Associated General Contractors (AGC), Student Chapter
In becoming a member of ASIC, students will have access to the resources of the AGC, the largest national organization of contractors. The AGC provides educational resources to industry through the Education Foundation and AGC-organized events. The University of Washington Student Chapter of the AGC received its charter in 1971. Each year student members determine the career, educational, and social activities they would like to sponsor throughout the year. Participation in any AGC event or educational activity makes students more marketable and brings students in contact with industry members.

American Concrete Institute (ACI), Student Chapter
The ACI student chapter is jointly sponsored with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Membership is included with ASIC membership. Members participate in field trips and monthly dinner meetings of the Washington Chapter.

Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), Student Chapter
The MCAA is a nationwide organization representing 1,800 companies in the area of commercial/nonresidential specialty construction who generate $1.5 billion in yearly revenues. Student membership is included with ASIC membership. The student chapter offers many opportunities for enhanced learning and networking with industry leaders. Chapter members are eligible for scholarships (including travel to national conventions), and may attend local contractor luncheons and educational programs. In addition, the local affiliate organization, MCAA of Western Washington, hosts students on job site and operations tours, coordinates student internships, sponsors UW alumni events, offers fundraising opportunities for student activities, and contributes toward university equipment and facilities.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Student Chapter
The NAHB represents the interests of large and small residential construction companies throughout the United States. This organization has a strong presence in the construction industry through publications, Congressional lobbying, and up-to-date information on building projects, laws, and other issues affecting homebuilders. In becoming a member of ASIC, membership is given into the Master Builders Student Chapter. The term “Master Builders” is the name of the King and Snohomish County local chapter of NAHB. This organization offers many enriching opportunities and scholarships to student members. The NAHB annual student competition, held during winter quarter in conjunction with the NAHB convention, provides an opportunity for UW students to test their skills with students from other universities.

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Student Chapter
NECA is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States. Student membership is included with ASIC membership. The student chapter participates in the NECA national student competition known as the Green Energy Challenge. NECA firms provide internships and host job tours to student chapter members.

Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC)
Sigma Lambda Chi is a national construction honor society that recognizes outstanding students majoring in construction management. Membership in the society is an honor offered through invitation only to students who are in the top 20th percentile of their class. Inductees are selected based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, and character, regardless of gender, race, color, or creed. Each year Sigma Lambda Chi sets goals for activities that offer benefit to the community. These qualities have earned Sigma Lambda Chi membership in The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the coordinating agency for collegiate honor societies. Membership in Sigma Lambda Chi is noticed in the construction industry through its strong and honorable reputation.