Competition Seeks to Build Future of Construction Industry

Area event targets more Mississippians to become skilled construction professionals

PEARL, Miss. – Area high school students with a knack for construction are encouraged to showcase their skills during the upcoming Team Build Competition slated for September 15-16.

Being held in conjunction with the North Mississippi Home & Garden Expo at the Tupelo Furniture Market, the competition allows multidisciplinary teams to tackle the design, development and construction of real projects.

“By 2019, Mississippi will need more than 80,000 craft professionals to meet the needs of the state’s growing construction industry,” said Kenneth Estes, a Tupelo-area builder who serves as president of the Mississippi Homebuilders Association. “We hope to generate interest by giving young people a chance to experience homebuilding in a fast-paced, challenging and fun environment.”

Open to select secondary schools only, the event runs from 5 until 9 p.m. September 15 and 8 a.m. until noon September 16.

Eligible schools include: Tupelo High School, Pontotoc Ridge Career and Technical Center, Prentiss County Career and Technical Center, New Albany Career and Technical Center, Itawamba County Career and Technical Center, Monroe County Career and Technical Center, Okolona Career and Technical Center, Tippah Career and Technical Center, Oxford/Lafayette Career and Technical Center, Alcorn County Career and Technical Center, and West Point Career and Technical Center.

Participants will compete in four-member teams. There is no limit to the number of teams a school can enter nor is there an entry fee.

The deadline to enter the Team Build Competition is September 8. Interested individuals should contact Lane Bell, north area director for the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, at

“It’s going to be a great exercise for young people,” said Bell. “While the competition only lasts two days, participants will be making investments that could last a lifetime. We’ll give them a chance to speak with an array of good, professional people and point them to whole new world of career possibilities.”

Teams will start with a master plan proposal, moving into procurement and design, and finishing with the construction stage of a major development. Members will collaborate, sketch, design, compromise, calculate and present their work in stages.

Judges will provide feedback following each presentation. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Sponsoring organizations include the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northeast Mississippi, WTVA, and the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation.

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