Building Competition Tests Students Construction Skills see more
More than 150 high school students from across the region spent two days combing through blue prints, hammering together wood frames and running plumbing through scale-sized model homes as part of the HBC Home/Design Competition organized by the North Orange County ROP.
Eleven teams of students competed in the event held last week at Reliable Lumber in Huntington Beach. The competition was part of Building Industry Technology Academy, or BITA, a career pathway program in high schools that trains students for jobs in the construction industry.
Certified building inspectors served as judges, measuring teams’ projects by safety, cleanliness of worksites, durability of the model homes, and other factors.
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Local Students Participate in HBC’s 28th Annual Design/Build Competition see more
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.
BITA Schools Win State Design/Build Competition see more
Anaheim High School, Valencia High School and Luther Burbank High School have combined their efforts, completing four playhouse structures, to win this year’s Inaugural Statewide Design/Build Competition on June 27th and 28th at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
The schools are a part of the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), a comprehensive four-year high school program aimed at producing skilled professionals who will be qualified and confident to enter the homebuilding workforce. The program is promoted by the California Homebuilding Foundation and developed by BIA member companies and education leaders.
The statewide construction competition gathered educators and over 350 students from Youth Build divisions and various Southern California High Schools, Community Colleges and Regional Occupational Programs (R.O.Ps) in a collective endeavor to highlight the importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) and workforce development programs at the high school level.
Students received a warm welcome from some of the State’s top leadership, Assembly members Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove), Tom Daly (D - Anaheim), Ling Ling Chang (R - Anaheim), and Jim Frazier (D - Oakley), as well as, staff from the offices of Senators Richard Pan, Tom Berryhill, Bob Huff and Assembly member Ken Cooley.
Valencia High School and Anaheim High School previously won 1st and 2nd place at the 27th Annual Design/Build Competition in April, which was coordinated by the Home Builders Committee (HBC) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC). The competition was held at the OC Fair & Event Center’s 2016 Imaginology Event in Costa Mesa on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 where the state winners previously competed alongside Cordova High School, another BITA school.
Watch the video coverage of the statewide competition from Good Day Sacramento below.