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DIT students excel in Design/Build competition in USA

Posted: 23 February, 2017

A team of DIT students of architecture and construction have taken 2nd place in a major international Student Design/Build competition in Dallas, Texas this week.

Paul McGoldrick, Construction Management, Panna Darazsi, Architecture, and Construction Economics student Jason McHugh teamed up with their counterparts from University of Oklahoma - Ryan Reagan, Hannah Lang and Anika Saynyarack – to compete in this year’s competition.  The transatlantic partners worked together via Skype to prepare for the challenge and only met in person in the days before the competition.

On arrival at the competition event in Addison, Dallas, each team was given a Request for Proposal that required them to provide the design and build approach for a student apartment block on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin.  Once they received their challenge, teams were given just 16 hours to work up their proposal in a locked-down environment without access to external advice.

The teams then had to make their presentation to a judging panel comprising the actual Project Team involved in the actual project in University of Texas.

Professor Lloyd Scott, DIT School of Surveying and Construction Management, has mentored DIT teams in this competition for a number of years and accompanied them to Dallas.  “Real credit goes to the students’ hard work and dedication – this was probably the best team performance I have coached in the number of years that I have been associated with the event. As a multi-disciplinary team who had only worked with their US partners online prior to the week of the competition itself, their performance was outstanding.”