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May 17, 2017

CM Students Compete for Another Win in Green Energy Challenge

The UW’s student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is competing again this year in the ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge.

Student teams from across the country were given an RFP in February and will demonstrate their ability to analyze real-world construction management problems by responding with a proposal to retrofit an old building to meet modern environmental and efficiency standards by May 1. By simulating the construction industry’s RFP process, students gain hands-on experience developing construction plans outside of the classroom.

The top three teams from across the country will be invited to the NECA Convention, where they will make oral presentations to a panel of industry professionals and partners. Last year’s UW NECA Team traveled to Boston and earned second place in the competition.

This year, the convention will be in Seattle, and Team Captain Kelli Desrosier is hoping her team will bring home another win. This year’s team (made up of Construction Management students Kelli Desrosier, Hank Dickinson, Jacob Thackray, Sean McMahon, and Zach Shoopman), chose a special Seattle landmark for their retrofit proposal—the Seattle Children’s Theatre.

“We really wanted to choose a facility that showcased the soul, character, and charm of Seattle. Theatre, culture, and the arts are such a major part of Seattle’s history and truly have such a profound effect on the lives of young people,” said Desrosier.