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Auburn University team’s hard work pays off in this year’s student competition

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition third place winners shared their excitement after the 2024 contest.

The Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition has wrapped up for the tenth year and was once again a huge success during the 2024 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s teams were tasked with submitting qualified bid packages for the Formula 1™ Paddock Building in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five finalist teams gave oral presentations on-site during the IRE, including Auburn University.

Team captain Mary Madalyn Massengale and her team appeared on the RoofersCoffeeShop® LIVE sound stage for a team interview after their oral presentation. Mary Madalyn shared her team’s excitement for the competition and how it felt to walk through the exhibit floor of the IRE.

After a culmination of work since October, Mary Madalyn said “We were a little nervous at first, but I think it went really smooth and we’re pretty confident in [our oral presentation].” Their hard work paid off and they took third place in this year’s competition.

The team shared their excitement after researching and preparing their presentation about the roof of the Formula 1™ Paddock Building and the intriguing opportunity of commercial roofing as a career choice. Team member Jack Armstrong shared, “I had no previous experience with roofing, but being able to do this competition has taught me a lot about it and made it something I’m really interested in doing in the future.”

This hallmark event not only exposes students to roofing as a career choice, but it provides a valuable opportunity to network and connect with fellow students and industry experts during the IRE. When asked what they were looking for in prospective employers, the team agreed that growth and training are invaluable company aspects. Arjun Varadhan sums it up for the team, sharing, “I’m looking for an employer that’s always looking out for my best interest... Someone who’s going to teach me, because I’m looking to grow at all times, and I want to take that growth and help contribute to their company.”

Each year, the Roofing Alliance selects a new project for the competition. Teams research the chosen project and are assigned a roofing contractor mentor to provide guidance as they craft a written proposal. Qualified bid package proposals are submitted to a panel of industry judges to illustrate the team’s roofing and safety knowledge. The top teams are then invited to attend the International Roofing Expo® to present their proposals to the judges. The finalists this year attended the Roofing Alliance’s Welcome Reception and the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

Registration for the 2024-25 Construction Management Student Competition will be available this summer. Watch the YouTube videos from Auburn University and the other 2024 competing teams here.