KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney student Klayton Kasik and UNK’s National Association of Home Builders team received national honors at the 2015 Residential Construction Management Competition.
The event was part of the International Builders’ Show hosted Jan. 19-22 in Las Vegas.
A senior construction management major from Schuyler, Kasik was recognized as a National Outstanding Student for UNK’s student chapter of NAHB – the highest honor a student can receive at the competition.
Twelve UNK construction management, industrial distribution and interior design students helped UNK place eighth out of 34 national teams in the Residential Construction Management Competition. It is the first time in history that UNK finished in the top 10.
The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal.
UNK was recognized for its work in analyzing a 42-acre development site in Nashville and creating a business plan for a group of investors and construction company executives who acted as judges.
During the convention, students presented their proposals to judges in front of a live audience.
The team is coached by Eric Holt, assistant professor of construction management.
UNK students who made up the team included:
Burchard – Jesse Rule, construction management
Eustis – Jerod Strong, construction management
Gothenburg – Jade Clement, construction management
Gering – Kyle Peters, construction management
Holdrege – Joey Isaacson, construction management
Lincoln – Zach Jeffery, construction management
North Platte – Jacqueline Star, interior design
Omaha – Matt Lenagh, industrial distribution
Schuyler – Klayton Kasik, construction management
Yutan – Mary Greblunas, construction management
Burke, S.D. – Colton Johnson, construction management
Rolla, Mo. – Patrick Murphy, construction management