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Student Organizations

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

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 biannual student resume book distributed to ABC member-contractors. The student chapter was founded in 2004.

American Concrete Institute (ACI), Student Chapter

The American Concrete Institute Student Chapter is an active student organization that promotes engagement with the engineering, manufacturing, and heavy civil aspects of the construction industry.  We host site tours of commercial and public projects around Seattle (U-District Light Rail Station, Interbay Expedia Campus, Ash Grove Cement Plant), lectures about technological advancements and interesting developments in the Seattle market (3D Modeling, Prefabrication of Shoring Systems, the Viaduct Demolition, Lessons Learned from Big Bertha, the Waterfront Redevelopment, etc.), and social events like skeet shoots, golf tournaments and bar nights.  We closely collaborate with the Washington State ACI Chapter and have funding opportunities to attend national conferences in Chicago, Montreal, and Cincinnati, so we have plenty of great opportunities to network with industry professionals in a fun setting.
The ACI student chapter is jointly sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Members participate in some cool experiences like exploring job sites and learning about the state of the industry.  It’s a great opportunity to climb a tower crane, speak to superintendents and foremen, and generally get comfortable out on a job site before starting an internship.

ACI Student Leaders for AY 21-22

Joel Macias: President (

Connor Anderson (

Conner Chan (

David Truong (


Associated General Contractors (AGC), Student Chapter

The UW AGC Student Chapter strives to provide undergraduate and graduate students interested in construction management a way to connect to the professional industry. AGC accomplishes this by exposing students to professional aspects of construction management by interacting with local professionals. AGC also organizes site visits, seminars, lectures, roundtable discussions, fundraisers, and social events for the students in the department.

The AGC provides educational resources to the industry through the AGC 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.

AGC Student Leaders

Emily Vu – President (

Chase Tovey – Vice President

Connor Anderson – Treasurer (

Ryder Locknane – Secretary (

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 that generates $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 the 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 to 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 the 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 benefits 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.