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2024 Design Build Competition Showcases Construction Talent

NorCal Teams Demonstrate Impressive Skills at Annual Event

Students posing in front of a castle-styled wooden playhouse

SCOE students from Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School and Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School collaborated to complete a castle playhouse structure in just two days at the 2024 Design Build Competition.

The sounds of drills, hammers, and saws filled the air at Cosumnes River College on May 1 and 2 as 42 teams from across northern California competed in the 39th Annual Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) Design Build Competition.

Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students from Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School and Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School showcased their talent and creativity by completing a two-story castle playhouse within the competition’s two-day time limit. Meanwhile, SCOE students from El Centro Jr./Sr. High School constructed mini shed-style greenhouses within the walls of the Youth Detention Facility, where the school is located.

The competition represents the culmination of a four-month program, during which each team is challenged to design and prepare construction documents for a 96-square-foot structure, adhering to criteria outlined by CIEF. Industry professionals judged teams on various aspects, including design, construction, code compliance, and safety.

The Design Build Competition promotes career awareness in the construction industry among high school students. It also provides a fun and engaging learning experience, encouraging students to explore and develop their skills in construction and design.

About the Construction Industry Education Foundation

The Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) is committed to developing construction, design, and trade professionals through educational programs, mentoring initiatives, and training activities. The foundation aims to equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the construction industry.