Battle of the Build


At its core, Battle of the Build is a grassroots workforce development outreach of the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association that seeks to build connections between local students, teachers, employers, and those who have made careers in manufacturing, trades, and supporting businesses.

Area High Schools compete by planning and building a project and then present their completed entry to judges from the building industry across the nation. JCAHBA members act as mentors to their assigned school during the process. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places based on the 5 categories; presentation, build quality, finish quality, creativity, and complexity.

Prizes are also presented for Popular Vote and a very special Chairman’s Choice Award will be presented to the project selected by the Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Home Builders. We have added a NEW award this year that will be chosen by the members of Johnson City Area Home Builders Association. We look forward to seeing which project wins the JCAHBA Builders Choice Award!Save






We’ve built connections for 5 years with the annual Battle of the Build event. Click to view past years’ projects.






Participating CTE/CCTE Departments and their Sponsors for the 2023 Eastman Credit Union Battle of the Build are:

*Daniel Boone High School sponsored by Deakins Enterprises

*David Crockett High School co-sponsored by Holston Valley Hardscapes and Widener Insurance Agency

*Hampton and Unaka High Schools co-sponsored by Highland Contracting and TPI Corporation

*Happy Valley High School sponsored by JD Metals

*Johnson County High School sponsored by Climate Controllers, Inc

*Science Hill High School co-sponsored by Firm Foundation Construction and TPI Corporation

*Sullivan East High School sponsored by Absolute Granite & Cabinetry

*Tennessee High School sponsored by Garland Family Partnership

*Unicoi County High School sponsored by Orth Homes

A special THANK YOU goes out to ALL of our 2023 Eastman Credit Union Battle of the Build Sponsors.

Without their support and commitment to the success of this program, we could not do it.
Together #weBUILDconnections and #weBUILDcommunities.

Title Sponsor:
Eastman Credit Union
First Place Sponsor(s):
Mitch Cox Construction and Universal Development Corporation
Second Place Sponsor:
Ingenuity, LLC
Third Place Sponsor:
Wolfe Development
Chairman’s Choice Award Sponsor:
Builders First Source
JCAHBA Builders’ Choice Award Sponsor:
Northeast State Community College
Popular Vote Award Sponsor:
East Tenn Rent-Alls and Bobcat of the Mountain Empire
Battle to Build Your Future Sponsor(s)
to date:
TPI Corporation * ABC Supply * All About Blinds

Judge’s Accommodations:
Carnegie Hotel
Judge’s Meal Sponsors:
TPI Corporation * ZenHammer * Derby Publishing Group/News & Neighbor and The Business Journal
Student’s Lunch:
D.R. Horton

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