Twelve student teams from Southern California Youth Build divisions and North Orange Country ROP Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) programs competed for the coveted Design/Build Competition champion title this past weekend in Huntington Beach. The event, now in its 28th year, was held at Reliable Wholesale Lumber in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th.
The competition, coordinated by Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.’s (BIASC) Home Builders Committee (HBC), awarded first place to the team from La Habra High School and second place to the team from Anaheim High School.
The competition’s mission is to bring tomorrow’s builders and today’s professionals together in a fast-paced, two-day build project that mimics the “real-world” pressures of inspections and deadlines while enforcing the values of safety, teamwork, and craftsmanship. The competition further facilitates opportunities to help high school students in the BITA program develop their career portfolio, participate in field trips at industry sites and network with local businesses. The four-year program, with the help and support of the building industry, is a service provided by the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF).
The competition involves teams from local high schools and community colleges all competing to build their own structure. Recent years have brought a focus to Green designs, framing and construction techniques. Each school can sell their final product and retain the revenue to support their school’s program.
BIASC, HBC, and CHF would like to thank the following sponsors: ARC; Allura Fiber Cement Siding; Brookfield So Cal; City of Downey, California; The City of Newport Beach, California; Dahlin Group Architecture Planning; DePinho Roofing; First American Natural Hazard Disclosures; Hunsaker & Associates Irvine, Inc.; Kana Engineering Group; LGC Geo-Environmental, Inc.; Michael Baker International; Milgard Windows & Doors; Milwaukee Tools; Morey Remodeling Group; NAHB Professional Women in Building; Rancho Mission Viejo; Reliable Wholesale Lumber; SG Wholesale Roofing Supplies, Inc.; Simpson Strong-Tie; So Cal Industries; Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas); SunPower; Vital Link; and Walker Windows.
We would also like to thank Lennar Homes, Boudreau Pipeline, Shea Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, International Code Council, First American Natural Hazard Disclosure, Dahlin Group and Brookfield Homes for coming out to the event to see the students in action and encouraging their hard work.