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OHL School of Construction wins ABC National Competition

Posted at May 1, 2012 | By : | Categories : MSCM,News | 0 Comment

From left: Dr. Jose Faria (Faculty Advisor), Ken Fabel, Nabil Nisr, Nikki Forbes, Charles Hall, Grant Glenewinkel, and Dr. Ayman Morad (Faculty Advisor)

FIU’s OHL School of Construction students beat out other top schools to take first place overall in the 2012 Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Student Chapter Construction Management Competition held April 24-27, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. Bringing together student teams from the top construction programs in the nation, this prestigious national competition is, according to the competition website, “designed to challenge construction knowledge, organization, time management, and presentation skills.”

The School’s team of four students presented their project and were chosen as one of the eight finalists. After a final presentation, the team from FIU beat out schools like Purdue and last year’s winner the University of Cincinnati to take the top spot as Overall Champions.

“This is a very prestigious national competition and being the champions is a testimony of the high quality of education at the OHL School of Construction.  This is a great achievement for the students, faculty and staff of the OHL School of Construction,” quoted an article on the School’s website.

The School offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs including a completely online MS in Construction Management program and a recently launched Professional MS in Construction Management program, an accelerated one-year program for working professionals.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 74 chapters representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

The ABC Student Chapters Program is a dynamic network of more than 50 colleges and universities offering construction-related degree programs nationwide. At the local level, student chapters facilitate the interaction of ABC member firms, construction faculty and college students through a variety of industry association and school events, including regular membership meetings, guest speakers, internships, community service projects, fundraisers, career fairs/career awareness events, job site tours and other activities.