Schoppman Company Intern Wins Award with Construction Management Team at KSU
As a senior anticipating graduation this May, Afelle Petersen looks at her and her team’s success at the annual NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition as one of her high points while attending KSU.
Currently an intern at Schoppman Company, Inc., Petersen was a part of the nine-man team from the Kennesaw State University National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter that swept the competition at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando earlier this month.
The competition is open to every high school, two- and four-year college, as well as universities with a NAHB chapter. On the four-year level, judges choose a live project from anywhere nationwide and each chapter must develop, design, construct and sell the property for a prescribed return on investment.
“We are very proud of Afelle’s accomplishment,” President Eric Schoppman said. “Knowing her as I do, I’m sure she was the glue that kept the team together and propelled them to excellence. And we’re grateful that she is on our team. ”
The Project Details
Afelle, along with the nine-member team accompanied by a staff advisor, traveled to Orlando on Sunday, Jan. 8. Then, six members of the team made a fifteen-minute presentation of their proposal before a panel of judges on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
This year’s project was the Pulte Homes 32.5 acre project off North Druid Hills and North Jamestown Roads here in Atlanta, formerly Williamsburg Apartments.
The group chose (as a company they called Ridgeland Homes) to develop the property as a four phase build out of 349 combinations of townhomes and premium single attached home community.
They included Gold to Platinum LEED options targeting primarily millennials and downsizing “empty-nesters,” who tend to have a preference for smaller size homes. Six team captains oversaw the research and development of Project Acquisition and Underwriting, Construction Management, Product Design, Project Controls, Sales and Marketing, and Sustainability.
The team was named the 2017 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year (for the second year in a row) and their president, Myles Cardenas, was named Outstanding Student of the Year (for the second year in a row as well).
They took home 1st Place in the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition and were recognized as a 2017 National Housing Endowment HELP Grant. The grant will provide the university with $60,000k over the three years to develop programs and create opportunities in residential construction for students on the university level.
The student chapter was also a recipient of a $5,000 sponsorship donation from the Home Builders Association of Georgia.
“Personally, as a senior anticipating graduation this May, RCMC was a high point of my KSU attendance,” Afelle said.
“It was an excellent opportunity to put classroom theory into practical use. As team leader over Project Controls, the exposure to estimating and bid preparation that I’ve been receiving as an intern at Schoppman Company play a significant role in my performance.”
The KSU NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Chapter started over three years ago with seven students. Now, the roster has over thirty actively dedicated students.
In addition to the annual NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC), the student chapter has various activities from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, an annual clothing drive for a local charity (it changes each year), and fund raisers for chapter funds. It also offers student personal and professional development workshops and quality industry professionals interaction through various media and venues.
“The encouragement I received from Eric and the rest of the staff was priceless,” Afelle added.
“Once we started working on the product take off, I was able to gauge not only how well I’d learned the software, but more importantly, how much I’ve learned from my supervisor Paul McDonald, VP-Project Manager.
“Despite the hard work, it was all worth it, not only because we won. It was worth it because in the process we got to know each other better and learned to work as a team in the true sense of the word. I was proud to be standing before the judges and then on stage with the trophy and our awards with such a great group of people I like to call the 2017 KSU NAHB Dream Team.”