Sultana HS design build team wins craftsmanship award

Sultana High School Design-Build Team Sponsored by Clark Pacific Wins Competition

Clark Pacific sponsored Sultana High In Hesperia, CA about 20 miles from the Adelanto plant.  Blake and I met with their pre-build team to answer questions and provide some background about Clark Pacific. Led by their instructor Kurt Chapman, the six-student team made up of various grades then assembled structure. Judging took place the last week of April with awards being presented (virtually) on May 6th.

Sultana took the Craftmanship Award and one of the students, Jacob, received a scholarship. Due to Covid restrictions, we were not able to meet in person. We hope to have the kids out to the Woodland plant when field trips are allowed and look forward to partnering with Sultana and other schools in the community to further CIEF’s mission of “promotes career awareness of the construction industry among high school students.”

Written by Geoff Pitzer, Director of Product Strategy

Via the Construction Industry Education Foundation website:

We know that 2021 will be a year of many unknowns – but we do know that we want to get kids building again! As many schools are planning to be on campus in a limited capacity or hybrid model for the spring semester – and field trips will not be a possibility – we decided to take the Design Build Competition to the high school campuses (or virtual for those still learning from home)!

The CIEF Design Build Program promotes career awareness of the construction industry among high school students. It is an effort to recognize student achievements and affords the construction industry an opportunity to support schools, students, and career technical educational programs.  The competition provides an opportunity for high school students to gain firsthand knowledge of the construction industry and have hands-on experience in the construction process. 

Each team in the Design and Open Competitions will be challenged to design and prepare construction documents according to criteria outlined by CIEF and build their structure at their school site or other designated location. Plans will be provided for schools in the Build Competition. Participating student teams will be judged on the completion of design, plan review (if applicable), safety and health adherence, and construction phases of a structure. If a single structure is not possible, CIEF will provide materials for smaller in-class construction projects that can be judged on craftsmanship.

CIEF will provide all construction materials listed on the materials list, arrange for the delivery of building materials to the school site and judge the Competition. Schools competing in the Open Competition will be responsible for any additional items they would like to incorporate in their structure beyond the provided materials list. Gift cards to purchase at-home building materials and free online OSHA 10 Training is available for students competing from home. Our mission is to help instructors and students to keep building in whatever manner they can this spring.



Click here to visit the Construction Industry Education Foundation‘s website for more information and ways to get involved!

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