The Roofing Alliance Announces Texas A&M as Winning Team in Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, as this year’s winner of the Construction Management Student Competition. The team consisted of Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. The faculty advisor was Lance Simms and team mentor was Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Team mentor Mark Standifer, expressing his pride for the team and the school, said, “As a graduate of Texas A&M, I know this educational experience prepared me to become a manager at King of Texas Roofing. I feel I owe this great institution a lot for my success and I wanted to give back something to the current students. The construction industry, and roofing, needs the intelligence and discipline of young men and women who have completed a college degree. These students will be the leaders of the future for our industry.”

Standifer also thanked his company, King of Texas Roofing, for their support and encouragement of his mentorship of the students. “I want to thank my employer for allowing me to make that weekly trip over to College Station (three hours there and three hours back) to train these students,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without my company’s support and encouragement.”

The Texas A&M students competed against four other finalist teams, giving oral presentations as the final stage of the sixth annual Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition. The teams presented their proposals for installing a new roof system on the Ford Center, the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys, which was originally installed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, to a panel of roofing industry experts. The oral presentation scores were combined with the teams’ written proposal scores to determine the winning team. 

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson at bjudson@nrca.net.

Don’t Miss the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition at the 2020 IRE

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. The finalist teams will be selected and announced in January and will give their oral presentations (the final component in the competition) on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. The winning team will be recognized on February 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

The student competition is part of the overall Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative, which is focused on the mentorship of young construction management students, sharing with them the opportunities and challenges of a roofing career.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into the competition with the selection of the project, and then working with the universities, students, mentors and judges. The competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. For 2020, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The project was originally roofed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, who has been working with the Roofing Alliance to prepare documents for the competition.

The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. They submit proposal packages which in turn are reviewed by the team of judges. The finalist teams then travel to the IRE, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project.

The construction management initiative was the brainchild of Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc. in Las Vegas. Now under the leadership of Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., in Mobile, Alabama, and Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, the current co-chairmen of the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, the competition is more visible than ever before among construction management students and faculty. Understanding the long-term goal to expose construction management students and faculty to the roofing industry, Roofing Alliance members work to enhance the overall roofing knowledge of faculty and students in hopes of encouraging students to consider the roofing industry as a viable career option.

Thomas sees the competition as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation. “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry. But even for those that go the more traditional route and go to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

According to Nick Rubino, faculty coach for the Colorado State University team, “We have been involved with the Roofing Alliance Student Competition from the beginning and it is a very popular construction management competition amongst our students. Every year, the students come back from the competition very happy they participated. They love the focus on roofing in the competition and the fact that they get to attend the convention and see what the industry is like up close. The opportunity to interact with senior management level people in the roofing industry is a great benefit.”

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate). Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden. Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford. Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Illinois.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith. Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Mahoney Bajwa (alternate). Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia, with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt. Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Georgia.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota, with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson. Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Langer, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans. Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance invites you to attend these exciting events and support the future workforce of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition and how to attend, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. To register for the 2020 International Roofing Expo visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Wins the 2018-1019 Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held in Nashville, Tennessee.

In its fifth year, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition welcomed five finalist teams to the 2019 International Roofing Expo to give oral presentations as the final segment in the competition. This year, the teams were tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee, a project recently completed by Rackley Roofing Co., Carthage, Tennessee.

Judges reviewed the written proposals and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. At the IRE, six roofing industry experts judged the oral presentations and the Roofing Alliance was proud to announce Minnesota State University, Mankato as the winning school. Tony Centro of University of Florida was named the Best Individual Presenter.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance Announces Largest Student Competition for Roofing to Date

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its fifth competition, students will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year’s competition will be the largest to date featuring a total of 12 teams from distinguished universities across the nation. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  Bennett Judson, executive director of the Roofing Alliance, is excited to see the growing interest from universities that the competition continues to draw. “This is the largest number of schools we’ve had participate,” she said. “And, we have a total of six new teams joining us this year.”

The new schools joining the competition are:

  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University, Building Construction Science, Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Corvallis, Oregon
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Construction Management, Monroe, Louisiana

They will be joining the following returning schools:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge
  • Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Construction Management, Cincinnati
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, Gainesville, Florida

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges will review the written proposals, submitted December 10, and select four teams as finalists for the competition. The Roofing Alliance will announce the finalists in January 2019.

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th.  The four finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.

Kyle Thomas, co-chair of the Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, sees this event as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation.  “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have very limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry.  But even for those who go the more traditional route and choose to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

Hannah Redifer, a recent graduate from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama who is now employed in the construction industry, participated in last year’s competition where her team won along with Redifer receiving the Best Individual Presenter Award. Her experience exposed her to the inner workings of the roofing industry, presented her with many networking opportunities and made a positive impact in her new career.

“I definitely left the competition and expo with a huge sense of respect for the roofing industry,” stated Redifer.  “It is a tough job and the industry’s ability to complete these jobs while keeping people safe and happy is really amazing.”

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

Seven Teams to Compete in the Alliance’s Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will host seven teams from undergraduate universities across the United States to compete in its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition. This is the largest group to compete in the hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management and will culminate with presentations at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

The competition is part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville., Florida; Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama; Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams participating in the competition have been presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team is required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it is important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Oral presentations will take place Feb. 7 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Accepting Entries for Its Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is accepting entries for its second annual Construction Management Student Competition, a hallmark competition that promotes careers in roofing industry management that will culminate with presentations at the 2016 International Roofing Expo.

Teams from undergraduate colleges and universities wishing to participate in the competition must submit an Intent to Compete form and additional documentation via email by Nov. 13, 2015.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the alliance’s 2016 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams from each competing school will be presented with a problem statement—they will be asked to bid on installing a roof system on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. Each team must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to a qualified bid package.

A roofing contractor company will be assigned to each team to serve as an industry mentor.

Oral presentations will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. at NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention and the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) at the Orange County Convention Center.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for the winning school, a team trophy and individual awards; and recognition in a press release, in Professional Roofing magazine and on the alliance’s website.