Construction Management Schools Initiative

Our sixth annual Construction Management Student Competition is entering the final stage. Our judges reviewed the written proposals submitted Dec. 9, 2019, by the eight teams participating in this year’s competition. After reviewing, scoring and holding a conference call to finalize the selections, the five finalist teams have been invited to the 2020 International Roofing Expo® in Dallas, where they will give oral presentations starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in room D167/D174 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

The teams will be drawing for their presentation times when they check in Monday, Feb. 3, before attending the Roofing Alliance Member Reception at The Loft at Gilley’s Dallas.

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, the teams will go on a job-site visit of the Ford Center—the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys, which is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will participate in an “Expo Run,” which will connect them with exhibiting Roofing Alliance members. On Wednesday evening, Feb. 5, the winning teams will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception starting at 5 p.m. in Ballroom A1-4 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

We encourage you to support the competition by attending the oral presentations. As you register for the IRE, be sure to register for the student competition.

Congratulations to our finalist teams!

The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University

From left to right: Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Rachel Nemecek (team captain) and Davis Hambrick. Not pictured: Walker Lott (alternate); Faculty advisor: Lauren Redden; Team mentor: Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.

Clemson University—NEW

From left to right: David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers, Hendrix Smith and Brad Smith (team captain); Faculty advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar; Team mentor: Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.

The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University

From left to right: Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Brendan Phelan (team captain). Not pictured: Mahoney Bajwa (alternate); Faculty advisor: Nick Rubino; Team mentor: Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.

Texas A&M University—NEW

From left to right: Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Tyler Stivers (team captain), Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison; Faculty advisor: Lance Simms; Team mentor: Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

The M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida

From left to right: Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins, Tony Cento (team captain) and Collin Galinas (alternate); Faculty advisor: Jim Sullivan; Team mentor: Rob Springer, Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.