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Burns School students are serious competitors and have placed consistently high in national and international competitions annually. Sponsorships keep the momentum going. Companies can support our students financially and by providing industry expertise.


The annual NAHB Student Competition is one of the highlights of the International Builders’ Show (IBS). The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience.

The 2021 competition will take place February 9-11, 2021, during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

2020: 6th Place
2019: 6th Place
2018: 3rd Place
2017: 5th Place


The Associated Schools of Construction is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service. Each year DU brings undergraduate and graduate student teams to compete in Integrated Project Management, Commercial Construction and Pre-Construction Teams.

2020: No placement
2019: No placement
2018: 3rd Place
2017: 5th Place


The Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge is the premier Real Estate competition of the year that pairs graduate-level students from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado and industry leaders in the Colorado real estate community to evaluate development opportunities. Each year the Challenge offers a unique real world development project for students to analyze and create a unique development proposal. The students present their proposal to judges and the real estate community at a widely celebrated dinner and networking event. DU has won 12 of the 18 competitions.

2020: 1st Place
2019: 1st Place
2018: 1st Place
2017: 2nd Place



The NAIOP real estate challenge provides an absolutely  incredible opportunity to network with and learn from top industry professionals. This experience will serve all of us very well in our careers. I also feel a huge amount of respect for all the teams from DU and CU that competed in this and produced tremendous work. It’s an honor to be in the company of the best and brightest from these two schools.

Nick Allen

A project of this size, depth and time commitment requires a lot of trust and effort across the team. Our group was able to work collaboratively and put the project above any need to be right. I have no doubt that the camaraderie built within our team will last the duration of our careers.

Karina Rush

The MS REBE program set me up with more than just a degree. I have a portfolio of industry-relevant projects that I share proudly.

Jordan Shabot