– UALR Students Win Disaster Shelter Competition


UALR Students Win Disaster Shelter Competition

April 23, 2016
team(kneeling l. to r.) Johnny Graves, William Rech, Clayton Bowers, Tommy “Alex” Newman, Humberto Rodriguez, (not pictured, James Mugabo – see photo below)

A team of six UALR students from the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering has won the 5th annual Disaster Shelter Competition hosted by John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Five of the students, including team captain William Rech, are construction management (CNMG) majors, and the sixth member of the team is a civil and construction engineering (CVCE) major. Dr. Hank Bray served as the team’s coach.

The purpose of the competition is to identify creative solutions for solving the housing problem for people displaced by various natural or man-made disasters. Engineering, construction management and architecture student teams are invited to design and construct a rapidly deployable transitional disaster shelter for use by aid organizations in response to natural disasters. The 2016 Competition scenario was to respond to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.


  • 1st Place – UALR
  • 2nd Place – Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg KS)
  • 3rd Place –  Gyeongsang National University (Jinju, South Korea – International Team hosted by Pittsburg State)

Other Competitors

  • Murray State University (Murray KY)
  • Dordt College (Souix Center IA)
  • Judson University (Elgin, IL)


The UALR team’s shelter has the big silver bowl on top:


 full team


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