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 presenting their completed entry to judges from the building industry across the nation. JCAHBA members act as mentors to their assigned schools 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 two very special awards; the Chairman’s Choice Award which will be presented to the project selected by the Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Home Builders and the Builders’ Choice Award which will be chosen by the members of Johnson City Area Home Builders Association or any HBA across Tennessee. We always look forward to seeing which project wins these special awards!Save






We’ve built connections for 7 years with the annual Battle of the Build event. Click to view past years’ projects.

2023 – March






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

*Cherokee High School sponsored by America’s Home Place

*Elizabethton High School co-sponsored by TPI Corporation, Arrow Home Improvement, and Priority Placements Group

*Daniel Boone High School co-sponsored by Gatsby Glass and Mighty Dog Roofing

*David Crockett High School co-sponsored by Widener Insurance Agency, Begley Development, and Egan Construction

*Hamblen County Schools co-sponsored by Highland Contracting, LLC and Southeast Erosion Control

*Hampton and Unaka High Schools sponsored by TPI Corporation

*Happy Valley High School sponsored by Bridge Pointe Real Estate

*Johnson County High School co-sponsored by Richards Building Supply and Stout Plumbing

*Science Hill High School co-sponsored by Firm Foundation Construction and Mighty Dog Roofing

*Scott County Career & Technical Center co-sponsored by KabnetExpress and Jim’s Motorcycle Sales

*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

*Volunteer High School sponsored by D.R. Horton

*West Ridge High School (Annex) sponsored by JD Metals and FRAMECAD

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

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):
Mighty Dog Roofing
Second Place Sponsor:
A.O Smith
Third Place Sponsor:
Hard Rock Stone & Tile
Chairmans Choice Award Sponsor:
Builders First Source
JCAHBA Builder’s Choice Award Sponsor:
Northeast State Community College
Popular Vote Award Sponsor:
HomeChoice Windows & Doors
Battle to Build Your Future Sponsor(s):
* All About Blinds
* Arbonne
* Edward Jones, Jon Coward
* Veritas Insurance
* your name can go here! All of the money collected for this is divided evenly between the schools.

Judge’s Accommodations:
Carnegie Hotel
Judge’s Meal Sponsor(s):
Ingenuity, LLC and TPI Corporation
Judge’s Lunch Sponsor:
Fleenor Security
Student’s Lunch Sponsor:
East Tenn Rent-Alls/Bobcat of the Mountain Empire

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