Patricia Tafoya

The hours were long and the competition fierce, but through it all, UNM student Patricia Tafoya stood out among her peers. In the end, the junior construction management major was recognized for her efforts and selected to receive the "Good People" award at the 2012 Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 & 7 student competition.

Tafoya was one of a dozen UNM students competing on two different teams at the annual construction management competition. The Region 6 & 7 competition is sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction and includes student teams from the Rocky Mountain Region (including New Mexico) and the Far West Region.

Teams consisted of six students and each team competed in one of several construction management areas, including commercial buildings, heavy civil, design-build, and LEED. The four-day competition required each team to develop a detailed proposal and presentation for a real-life construction project, including cost estimates, schedules, safety plans, and site management.

2012 UNM Team

The projects were selected and sponsored by construction companies, who then acted as the judges for their project. The UNM team that Tafoya participated on competed in the commercial building area sponsored by Mortenson Construction.

The final day of the competition included the announcement of awards and a job fair for the students. The 2012 regional competition and drew approximately 1,500 students and faculty members.

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