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Roofing Alliance Announces Winners for 2021 Student Competition

Clemson University takes top honors. 

(Rosemont, IL) April 16, 2021 —The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce the first- and second-place winners for the 7th annual Roofing Alliance student competition – Clemson University and Colorado State University respectively.  Awards were presented to the winning teams and best individual presenters during an April 16 virtual awards ceremony.  

The first-place award was presented to Clemson University for their outstanding written and oral presentations on the team’s bid package proposal on the Las Vegas Raiders practice facility, part of the new Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada.  The team will receive a $5,000 L.B. Conway Scholarship for their school.  The team consisted of team captain Luke Skertich and his teammates Declan Fay, Allison O’Toole, Hannah Smith and team alternate Hendrix Smith.  Awarded a first-place position for Best Individual Presenter was Allison O’Toole. Clemson University’s faculty coach is Dhaval Gajjar.   

The second-place winning team was Colorado State University who will receive a $2,500 Fred Good Scholarship for their school.  The CSU team was led by team captain Joshua Houser with his team of Kendall Carter, Jacob Schneider, Mackenzie Voshage and team alternate Terry Copperman.  Joshua Houser received a second-place award for Best Individual Presenter.  The CSU faculty coach is Nicholas Rubino.

This year’s competition challenged four finalist university-level construction management student teams that included: 

  • Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
“They competed through written and oral presentations on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. The teams researched the project, reviewed the plans and specifications, and assembled a full estimate and qualified bid package proposal that was submitted to a board of Roofing Alliance judges,” stated Allen Lancaster, current student competition chair and vice president of Metalcrafts A Tecta America Co., Savannah, Ga. “The oral presentations and the award ceremony are available to view on the Roofing Alliance YouTube channel. It is with great pride that we can share this with the roofing industry.” 

The teams were tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Raiders practice facility, part of the new Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada.  Working with Commercial Roofers Inc. of Las Vegas owner Dennis Conway, the founder of the student competition, the Roofing Alliance student competition committee prepared the bid package for the schools.  The project was originally re-roofed by Commercial Roofers Inc.

For more information on the Roofing Alliance student competition and overall information about the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at or visit

L-R: Allison O'Toole, Declan Fay, Hendrix Smith, Luke Skertich, Hannah Smith

About the Roofing Alliance
The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. Composed of 175 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $5.9 million to fund 51 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects.  Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues. For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit    

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