The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville [BIA] is proud to announce that Shelby County High School construction management students placed first in the nation at the International Builders’ Show [IBS] Student Competition last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Competing against seven other high school teams across the country, the students—under the leadership of Walt Wilson (instructor) and Perry Lyons of P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders (advisor)—applied classroom skills to real-world building problems and projects under the team name, “Rocket Construction”.
The Shelby County High School program, which is a designated National Association of Home Builders [NAHB] Student Chapter, is affiliated with the BIA of Greater Louisville and draws upon our membership base for guidance and mentorship. The annual competition at IBS requires each team to prepare drawings, material and labor estimates, and a construction schedule that adheres to the constraints, building codes and design criteria of a real-world development project. The students then orally defend their proposal to a team of judges during the competition, making a case for why they should be chosen as the project contractor.
The students on the 2018 – 2019 team, who were selected based on grades, character, interest, willingness to learn, and a positive attitude, are as follows: Abel Lopez, Kara Phillips, Nathan Pulliam, Jackie Romo and Jacob Smith.
“We are tremendously proud of the students, Walt Wilson, and Perry Lyons for their hard work on this project. They are certainly the future of the building industry, and we look forward to watching their contributions in the future,” said Juva Barber, BIA Executive Vice President.
The BIA would like to congratulate Shelby County High School, Walt Wilson, the students, and our members who helped mentor them on this outstanding accomplishment!