Swinerton In the News

Swinerton Builders Sacramento: November 09, 2013

Viva Las Vegas

California State University, Sacramento students Javier Mederos, Alyssa Zayas, Neil Devlin and Nick Staykow just came back from Las Vegas, and they couldn’t wait to tell the whole campus what happened there.

The four seniors won the 2013 title in the National Design-Build Student Competition, taking the stage to claim their prize in front of more than 1,000 construction industry veterans. Forty college teams from across the nation had submitted entries in the competition, but only three teams made the final cut: Sacramento State, Auburn University and Colorado State University.

Zayas said she and her teammates had just one week to write a 38-page response to a request for qualifications and a request for a proposal. Although they had industry coaches who prepared them for what would be expected, they couldn’t get any help from professionals to prepare their entry. They divided the work, Zayas said, and each student had to deliver. Then, once they got to Las Vegas for the competition, they had to make a 50-minute oral presentation on their proposal.

“It was a lot of work leading up to it, a lot of midnight hours at Sacramento State, getting prepared and putting together our proposal and making sure it was just perfect before we turned it in,” said Zayas, who works part time as an intern with Swinerton Builders.

Perhaps the most difficult task for this award-winning team was containing their excitement in front of the crowd. They were called on stage before their win was announced, but because they were standing in front of the Teleprompter, they could see the script and knew Sacramento State had won the title before the speaker announced it.

Last month, Zayas and four other construction management students won the inaugural Healthcare Preconstruction Competition, organized by the Associated Schools of Construction. Sacramento-area construction industry veterans volunteer each year to coach students on what they need to succeed in business.