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2013 DBIA National Student Competition

DBIA National recently held a design-build student competition where teams from nationwide schools and universities submitted a comprehensive response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), inclusive of project experience, personnel qualifications, construction management, safety plan, and alternate building system price.  The competition provided a learning opportunity for students to submit their team’s qualifications, showcase their expertise, and work collaboratively to develop a design concept, construction plan and budget format.


All design-build teams were invited to develop a proposal for a residence hall on a college campus in the United States. The residence hall will house a Student Residential Academic Program (SRAC) and dining hall. The residence hall will be utilized during the summer months for various conferences and athletic summer camps. Facilities, programs and partnerships of faculty, staff and students need to be committed to supporting this living-learning environment. This will allow the further development of the student residential academic program, while also allowing a greater number of students to affordably live in close proximity to campus, which is a benefit to all academic programs on campus.


DBIA National received a record-breaking response to this student competition. While many design-build proposals were presented in a highly professional and effective manner, the following two teams are recognized as 2013 Region H – Western Pacific winners:

  • River Front Builders – Sacramento State
  • KMDV – New School of Architecture

Both teams portrayed their respective design-build capabilities, which was evident through their detail-oriented proposals.  Competition was fierce, and the judging panel had its work cut out for them.

The Region H – Western Pacific judging panel comprised of: Dave Eichten, Pankow Builders; Joe Cvetas, Southland Industries; Juan Caldentey, gkkworks; David Umstot, Umstot Solutions.


“We are honored to be a part of the 2013 Student Competition judging panel,” stated Dave Eichten, Regional Vice President of Pankow Builders. “We’ve received numerous proposals which portrayed every team’s professionalism and dedication. While it was difficult to choose our regional winners, the two selected teams exemplified design-build collaboration, team work, expertise and overall vision of the project.”


Below is a full list of teams who represented the Western Pacific Region:

  • Bulldog Construction, Inc. (CSU Fresno)
  • Cal Poly SLO (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
  • Cal State Chico (CSU Chico)
  • Capital Builders (CSU Sacramento)
  • Golden Hornet Construction  (CSU Sacramento)
  • KMDV (New School of Architecture and Design)
  • Pacific Coast Builders (CSU Sacramento)
  • Prospect Builders (CSU Long Beach)
  • River Front Builders/SAC State Builders (CSU Sacramento)
  • Skyline Builders (CSU Long Beach)


To learn more about the Student Competition, click here

River Front Builders from Sacramento State will now respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the same project and make a presentation to the Ownership group at DBIA National.  Best of luck to Sacramento State! If you plan to be in Las Vegas for the 2013 Design-Build Conference & Expo from November 4-6, please make time to observe these students’ and the others’ presentation.  They do great work.  Congrats to the students at Sacramento State!

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