Design Build Program

Following defined criteria provided by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation (SRBXEF), each team completes the challenge of designing and preparing construction documents for a 96 square-foot structure — which are submitted for plan review by volunteer community plan-checkers and professional architects.  Any required corrections must be submitted prior to the construction phase of the project, which take place over a two-day period under supervision and a primary focus on safety!

Judging is conducted by a panel of design and construction industry professionals by prescribed criteria — including quality of documentation, planning and design, scheduling, project management and conduct, craftsmanship, teamwork and safety.

The same package of materials is provided to each team, yet the creations of the structures have varied greatly over the years — from sheds to miniature castles and Victorians, replicas of California missions to barns and even a jail house!  Recent years have brought a focus to Green designs, framing and construction techniques.  Each school is allowed to sell their final product and retain the revenue to support their school’s program.

Many of the participating Design Build teams spend a good part of the year planning and training for the event, and even though it becomes a competition with pride on the line, one of the most notable aspects is the enthusiasm of both students and instructors — and a definite spirit of mutual support and sharing knowledge among teams… helping each realize the best of their potential.

Click here for the Guidelines and Forms/Instructor’s Packet (pdf)
Click here to see a video of the 2017 Design Build Competition

For more information, contact Katie Carbone at of 916.442.8991.