How a National Student Roofing Competition Helps Advance the Roofing Industry Part 2

Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to roofing training and roofing education initiatives. Whether it’s allocating funds to  help develop NRCA’s ProCertification™ program, providing annual scholarships to employees and family members of roofing professionals to further their roofing education, or hosting a national student competition, it is one of the Roofing Alliance’s objectives to further the roofing industry by mentoring and providing funding for a variety of exceptional programs aimed at improving the long-term success of the industry.

In the first part of this three-part article, we introduced you to the Roofing Alliance’s Construction Management Student Competition. As this competition has nearly doubled in size over the last year, we will now shift our focus to the criteria of the competition.  The design of the competition is to enhance students’ roofing knowledge by giving them hands-on experience competing in the bid process, developing a construction management strategy, and honing their presentation skills.

The Competition Criteria

In order to qualify for the Roofing Alliance’s Construction Management Competition, each team member is required to be enrolled as an undergraduate at the college they represent in the competition. After registering for the competition, each team undergoes the following tasks with the assistance of a roofing contracting company that acts as an industry mentor:

  • In September, all registered teams are presented with a “Problem Statement.” This details the project requirements for installing a roofing system located in the city hosting the competition. The teams are tasked with assessing the project, reviewing the project specifications, and determining a full estimate and proposal for the project.   
  • In early December, the teams are required to submit a written proposal that is considered their qualified bid package. This entails everything from the bid amount to the project schedule to project planning and methods, and also includes an account of the equipment that will be utilized along with the building materials.
  • In late December, the final four teams are selected for the oral presentation phase that takes place in the hosting city of the competition. In February, at the final stage of the competition, each team is granted 15 minutes for their presentation. The teams summarize the details of their project proposal and management concept.
  • After each presentation, the judges (acting as owners and general contractors on the project) are allowed a 10-minute question-and-answer segment regarding the scope of the project. The scoring criteria is determined based off of the written proposal, oral presentation, and overall understanding that the team showcases regarding the project.
  • Based off of a cumulative score from the judges, the competition’s champion is announced later that evening at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The schools of the first and second place finalists are awarded scholarship funds along with the award for the Best Individual Student Presenter.   

The Benefits of the Competition

In the final part of this series, we will discuss the benefits of a national Construction Management Student Competition. This includes:

  • Enhancing Roofing Knowledge
  • Providing Real-Life Education
  • Mentoring and Recruiting Talent for Roofing Careers
  • Improving Teamwork

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can make a commitment to the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.