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University of Colorado Boulder Team Claims Top Prize in the 2021 National Design-Build Student Competition

The “DBIA Buff Builders” design-build team from the University of Colorado Boulder captured the nation’s top student design-build prize after competing before a jury of industry professionals at the 2021 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Denver.  The University of Colorado Boulder was one of three finalists in the 2021 National Design-Build Student Competition, which presented its design and construction plans for a student health facility on an American college campus. The University of Florida placed second, and the team from the University of Arizona finished third in the national competition.

The competition began with 16 Student Teams from 14 Universities competing at the regional level. Student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing their unique delivery solution for this year’s project. Eight regional winners were selected to compete in the second phase of the competition by responding to an RFP. Those teams were:

Regional Winners

Roger Williams University

University of Arizona

University of California Berkeley

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Florida

University of Oklahoma

University of Washington

The top three finalists were then selected to present live in Denver.


University of Arizona

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Florida


The winning University of Colorado Boulder team included students:

Evan Dicks, Civil Engineering

Liam Atkinson, Civil Engineering

Spencer Chuck, Architectural Engineering

Kai Reimers, Architectural Engineering

Hayley Hansen, Civil Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Matthew Morris, University of Colorado Boulder


Congratulations to this impressive student championship team!