The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, has announced that MSOE was one of ten regional winners of its third annual National Design-Build Student Competition. Seniors Donald Bogle, AE/CM; Jordan Borst, AE/MSST; Benjamin Ihlen, AE/MSST; and Zane Witt, AE/MSST are members of MSOE’s team, which is advised by Associate Professor Robert Lemke.

Student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 120,000-square-foot comprehensive recreation center on a college campus.

DBIA’s 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition Regional winners represent teams from California State University, Long Beach, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, MSOE, New School of Architecture & Design, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the 10 regional winners for the first phase of the competition based on their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions, which advance them to the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released to each finalist team. From this pool of finalists, the top teams will be invited to present their proposals before an expert panel on Oct. 4 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the Conference.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.