SRBX Education Foundation
The SRBX Education Foundation aims to focus our resources on improving and increasing the quality and quantity of workers entering into construction-related careers. The SRBX Education Foundation is a special and unique foundation that houses the philanthropic programs that benefit the construction under the umbrella organization; the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.
One primary function of the foundation is to be a fund-raiser – soliciting the community-at-large as well as members of the industry – then consolidating and growing those funds for strategic investment in educational programs and activities that will enhance both the current and future workforce, and thereby, the vitality of our industry.
The Foundation’s geographic reach coincides generally with the areas in which members and donors do business. The following counties are within the scope of Foundation granting activity: Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin and Sutter. For more information visit ciefsac.org.
Following defined criteria provided by SRBX, each team completes the challenge of designing and preparing construction documents for a 96-square-foot structure. The team then secures project approval from the local building department. Both steps must be completed prior to competition day: actual construction of the structure takes place at the competition site over a two-day period.
Judging is conducted by a panel of building and construction professionals from the greater Sacramento area. Structures are judged on the students ability to perform all the functions of the project including planning and design, scheduling, overall project management and conduct, as well as craftsmanship and team work, and of course, safety.
Schools may keep the completed projects and use it themselves, or they may sell it to fund other school projects.
Over the years, many student teams have expanded beyond the basic “shed” design. Miniature castles, replicas of California missions, medieval “thatched” huts, playhouses with swings, an octagonal backyard retreat, chicken coops and many other original and innovative designs have appeared at the competition.
One of the most notable things about the competition is the enthusiasm of the students and instructors. Many of the teams spend all of the school year planning and ‘training’ for the event. And even though it is a competition, there is a definite spirit of sharing and helping each other produce the best possible structure.
To be part of this outstanding program, contact Erin Lynch at 916-442-8991 or Erin@sacregionbx.com for more information.
In-House Member Scholarships
Students who are children and grandchildren of Sacramento Builders’ Exchange member firm owners, as well as their employees and their children and grandchildren. Applicants can be high school seniors, students at colleges at any level or be attending trade schools. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing continuing education in any subject. This program was initiated in 2005 and to date, SBE has awarded eleven scholarships. You can apply online.
Sacramento State Construction Management Scholarships
To upper division students in the Construction Management Program at Sacramento State University (done in the fall of each year). This particular program has been around for almost 20 years – some of our current Board of Directors were early recipients of these scholarships. Students in the Construction Management Program should contact the Department Office for more information.
Chico State Construction Management Scholarships
To upper division students in the Construction Management Program at California State University (done in the fall of each year). In 2008, four Chico students were awarded scholarships. Students in the Construction Management Program should contact the Department Office for more information. Pictured left is the 2009 CM Scholarship Program recipients with instructors and the Exchange President Tim Fry.
Los Rios Winn Center Donation
In June of 2009, the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Board of Directors finalized a $40,000 financial commitment to help support the development of the Winn Center for Construction and Architecture at Cosumnes River College.