WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Winners of the 2015 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest were recognized at the 97th Annual AGC Convention, during the Student Chapter Meeting, Wed., March 9. The winners demonstrated dedication to their community and public service through their winning projects. Three applications in particular stood out from the others and AGC of America was happy to honor the following winners of the 2015 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest during the Annual Convention:
- First Place: Iowa State University, AGC Student Chapter
- Second Place: Oregon State University Associated General Contractors
- Third Place: California State University, Chico AGC Student Chapter
First Place: Iowa State University
The Iowa State University AGC Student Chapter won $1,500 for its portfolio of home repair projects in the Ames community as well as communities in need in Tennessee and Nevada. Home repair projects included roof repair, interior wall framing, installation of insulation and drywall, painting, trim work, winter weatherization, building handicap ramps, two decks and more. With 67 student chapter members involved they assisted over 10 families in need over the year.
Iowa State University AGC Student Chapter was also selected for the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Second Place: Oregon State University Associated General Contractors
The Oregon State University Associated General Contractors student chapter won $750 for its unique focus and fusion of workforce development programs and service. The student chapter created the first high school AGC student chapter in the nation at ACE Academy in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon State Student Chapter helped ACE Academy create a constitution, a calendar of events, and expand their membership. OSU AGC student chapter members were also able to give back to students in primary school through an event called Winter Wanderings, sponsored by Oregon State University. The student chapter reached out to middle school students to teach them about the construction industry through building games and other programming.
Oregon State University Associated General Contractors student chapter completed service projects including donating food to their local youth homeless shelter, partnering with Habitat for Humanity on home-build and landscaping projects, and worked with their local AGC chapter and design firms to assist with designing and building a surgical center in Haiti – an on-going project in its third year.
Third Place: California State University Chico AGC Student Chapter
The California State University Chico AGC Student Chapter won $400 for its portfolio of projects and community outreach. In total Chico completed 5 projects. Chico participated in Career GPS, a one day event exposing 6,000 regional high school students to Chico States’ Construction Management Department and the AGC. The chapter also participated in The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of service, repainting the exterior of 10 portable classrooms at a local Elementary school with the purpose of providing a restored and improved learning and teaching environment for students and teachers.
AGC Students completed a Blitz Plant project where students participated in the pre-planning and planting phases of 32 native trees around the City of Chico in areas of need. Students also participated in an ACE Mentor program where AGC student chapter members partnered helped promote the construction industry amongst high school students through a project/competition over the course of a year. AGC student chapters helped high school students in the planning, designing and constructing of a chicken coop.
Finally Chico State partnered with the CSU Chico Community Service Contractor Advisory Committee and local companies to re-roof Durham’s Veteran Hall which is used for many functions along with member meetings and community events.
In order for a diverse chapter to be selected each year, Outstanding Student Chapter winners selected in 2015 are not eligible to apply for the 2016 competition.
Again, congratulations to the winners of the AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest. It is never too early to start planning for the 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter Award; the application is available here(link is external) and due at 5:00 p.m. (ET), October 28, 2016.