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Four Medicine Hat College students win industry awards from Home Builders Assoc.

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One of the main goals for a post-secondary institution is for the students to get a good education, but another is for students to be able to make direct connections with the industry.

The Medicine Hat College administration has been speaking about building partnerships with the industry and now the work put into it is paying dividends.
The Canadian Home Builders Association honoured its members as part of its Awards of Excellence event at the Medicine Hat Lodge Feb. 6.
Besides handing out awards to its members, they recognized the future of the industry with awards handed out to up-and-coming students from the Medicine Hat College.
Medicine Hat College winners included second-year college students Jade Greenwald and her partner Chris Brooks as well as the team of Kulvir Singh Bajwa and Harpinder Minhas.
Brooks says their CHMA acknowledgement was for a three-bedroom design which was conceptually to be built for Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s a theoretical house with a ton of specs — what can and can’t be in there,” explains Brooks who notes they were told about a month ago they had won. “There’s a ton of stuff including regulations you need to be aware of.
“It’s in front of our builders and to be able to present our designs was good.”
“You’re also trying to have them be able to building it inexpensively,” adds Greenwald.
The idea of having Habitat for Humanity and other experts in the building field judge students’ work and select it as the top in the class is encouraging.
Brooks started sketching some possible designs earlier in the school year on paper and between he and Greenwald, who is a CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology student, they got the job done. Brooks is going into civil engineering.
Brooks enjoyed the evening and took the award in stride. He was happy for the college to be able to make some inroads with the industry.
“Ultimately, this helped break ground with them,” says Brooks, who is originally from Fort Macleod explaining the new Medicine Hat College/ CHBA partnership in regards to the new awards. Adding he knew many of the people at the event, it was a good opportunity to showcase what he and Greenwald could do. Greenwald also appreciated the chance to be part of a prestigious event.
“I was excited,” explains Greenwald who is originally from Fox Valley. “You spend how many hours on the project and it’s really to get recognized for the work. It doesn’t happen a lot. Then you get a chance to go to an award show. I thought it was pretty good.”
The Top Hat Awards were also important to CHBA.
“For us as an industry, it only makes sense to invest in that next crop of employees or of people coming up in the industry,” explained Chad Davidson, president of the Medicine Hat CHBA chapter in a prepared statement, talking about students taking technical drafting and residential design course at MHC.
“There are people there we want to encourage to help them along and would love to see them bring new blood into the industry.”
In all, Davidson found the Feb. 6 evening was enjoyable.
“It’s an opportunity for the industry to come together at the end of the year and celebrate the best of what we’ve been able to achieve. It’s just a great chance to come together and have some fun and celebrate.”
Davidson added the event is also an opportunity for those who are otherwise competitors on a day-to-day basis to join together and share ideas which will improve the industry as a whole.
“It drives us to be better, try and do things a bit differently and keep setting the bar,” he said. “A bit of competition never hurt anyone.”
Other winners at the event included Brost Developments (Builder of the Year, New Home Design 1501-2000 sq ft, Best Kitchen); Lacey Homes (New Home Design, Best Multi Family, Best Ensuite) and Kenco Construction Inc. for 2001+ sq. ft.

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