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Construction Management Students Competed in the 2021 DBIA National Design-Build Student Competition

This year a UW student team competed in the 2021 DBIA Design-Build Student Competition. The following UW students competed at a national level in this competition.
  • Shreyas Bhore, Team Captain – MS in Construction Management
  • Mariele Alarilla, BS in CM and Architecture Dual Degree
  • Geng Chen, BS in CM and Architecture Dual Degree
  • Takanobu Suzuki, BS in CM and Architecture Dual Degree
  • Abdirizak Abdi, BS in CM and Architecture Dual Degree
Our UW Team organized over the summer and on September 3rd DBIA Issued the RFQ.  Sixteen national teams competed during the RFQ phase. Students had 2 weeks to develop their qualification proposals before our UW classes started.
Our UW Team went on to the RFP phase and represented our DBIA Northwest Region. The RFP was issued the first week of class, so our students were juggling the return to in-person classes at the same time they were developing their design-build proposal.  Students had two weeks to submit their proposals that addressed design, construction, schedule, costs, and team management for a New Student Health Services Center on the Washington & Lee University Campus in Lexington, VA. The winning school was officially announced at the DBIA National Conference in Denver on November 3rd. Unfortunately, we did not place but our students developed a comprehensive design-build proposal that we all can be proud of.
The DBIA Northwest Region provided a travel grant for our Student Team to travel to the DBIA National Conference and participate in student events at the conference that included a career mixer with Industry, with three of our team members attending. It was a great educational opportunity for our students, and they met many industry contacts for future employment. I was very proud of our students.
Students sitting at a table together
Students debriefing their proposal with one of the judges
Students and coach standing together smiling at camera
UW coach and students attending the DBIA NW Regional Chapters mixer.
Darlene was selected to present with Rong He, CEO Century 3, Shanghai, on “Designing and Building in China” at the conference. So, UW also had a presence in the professional presentation track