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Tech student from Thomson on championship team

A Georgia Tech student from Thomson recently made an impact on a national competition.


Georgia Tech's student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) captured first place at the association's Third Annual Student Chapter Competition which was presented at the Awards of Excellence program held in conjunction with MCAA's 115th annual convention at Walt Disney World in Florida.›

The Georgia Tech team was composed of nine Building Construction students, including Katherine Davis of Thomson.

Miss Davis is a student at Georgia Tech, studying construction management.› She is a 2001 graduate of Thomson High School and the daughter of Walker and Carol Davis of Warrenton.

During the competition, chapter teams put together proposals for the construction of a 14,000-square-foot educational facility located on a hypothetical college campus in Miami. The project was presented to MCAA by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which used the project for its 2003 student competition. MCAA added mechanical elements and made other changes to enhance the project's interest and to challenge the students.

The proposal Katherine's team put together included all the design components for a VAV with reheat coil HVAC system, plumbing, fire protection, and utilities for an imaginary school in Miami.They had to create a company (Southern Comfort Mechanical) along with all of the project backup logs, bonding capacity, financial statements, proposed project team with work history, etc.

For the written proposal, Katherine was responsible for all of the company information, but when they progressed to the presentation, she became the safety and environmental coordinator.›She discussed all of their LEED experience and credit-achieving capability (which was real-life experience, thanks to her work on the Interface Showroom). They also included scheduling, estimating, and project coordination issues in the presentation.Georgia Tech competed against student chapters from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Ill.) State University and Purdue University.

During her high school tenure, Miss Davis participated in the apprenticeship program.

"The great thing about the apprenticeship program is that it allows you to find out what you like and do not like before you even graduate from high school," she said.› "I learned career building skills even before college.› And, by having that experience on my resume, I was more qualified for my college internship."

She said the program helped prepare her for the real world.

"I thought at the time that I wanted to be an architect, so I worked at Two State Construction in Thomson in the estimating department," she said.› "I learned things as a junior and senior in high school about construction that many of my current classmates in college have not even had the opportunity to learn yet."

Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2004

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