This January the UMass Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders once again competed in the NAHB’s Residential Construction Management Competition. Last year was the team’s first year competing and they took home “Rookie of the Year”. This year, the team was led by returning members, President Frank Kelly, Vice President John Yip and Secretary Evan Miamis.

Each student chapter was to act as a Construction Company with a fully developed proposal that they would present to a panel of investors. The site of the competition this year was a 40 acre site in Lebanon Tennessee that is part of a larger development called Hamilton Springs. Their company was once again Minuteman Construction and their development was named Cedar City Complex and consisted of mix residential and commercial unit that were geared towards generation Y. Their proposal was over 120 pages and they had to present their proposal to the panel of judges in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show.


The 6 presenters were Frank Kelly, John Yip, Evan Miamis, Neil Hourahan, Erica DiLello and Bill Wommeldorf. The 5 other students who made the trip to Las Vegas were Tim Bemis, Brandon Duckham, John Dudek, Patrick Lydon and Robert Robinson. All 11 students agree that the competition and experience at the IBS was an invaluable part of their UMass education.

Other students who contributed to the proposal include: Kyle Reilly, Greg Kennet, Chloe Rutkowski, Henry Lancaster, Yunpu Ku, Kyle Gillen, Zach Kushner, Osman Mandzo, Evan Stark, Raquel Gayle and Brendan McGowan.

The UMass NAHB would like to thank the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Western Mass and the BCT Department for their continued support and can’t wait to return to Las Vegas next year for first place.