An Overview of the Construction Management Schools Participating in the 2020 Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to a variety of programs and initiatives designed to advance the roofing industry as a whole. One such program is the Construction Management Student Competition. This hallmark competition was created in 2014 to serve as a roofing professional development project and an educational tool to teach construction management program students several important aspects of roofing, including:

  • Providing roofing knowledge
  • Training young professionals in construction management skills
  • Challenging students in time-management and project planning
  • Provide experience organizing a bid proposal 
  • Provide first-hand experience presenting a project proposal to a prospective client

Along with providing students with education and experience, the Construction Management Student Competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to see roofing as a viable career path. The competition provides students with a roofing education and gives them the opportunity to learn many of the facets of roofing through this competition. 

In this editorial, we will provide you with an overview of all nine teams participating in this year’s competition. If you are interested in getting involved with a membership-based program that is committed to funding and supporting a variety of initiatives within the roofing industry, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website

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Nine Schools Will Participate in This Year’s Competition

With nine schools vying for the final five spots to compete at the 2020 International Roofing Expo® in Dallas, Texas, this year’s competition should be one of the most competitive to date. Let’s quickly break down each construction management program competing and provide you with a brief overview of each school’s history in the competition. 

This year offers three new universities:

  • Clemson University
  • Ohio State University
  • Texas A&M University

Three returning schools that are ready for their second year of the competition:

  • Kennesaw State University
  • Bradley University
  • Minnesota State University

And three that have competed since the inception of the competition:  

  • Auburn University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Florida

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Introducing the Three Newest Teams…

There are three new teams competing in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Although this is each team’s first experience taking on many of the challenges of the competition, they can look for inspiration from last year’s winner, Minnesota State University. To date, the 2019 Construction Management Student Competition remains the only year that a new team earned the title. Will a similar story unfold in 2020?

Here is some more information on each of the new teams competing this year:  

Clemson University

Location: Clemson, South Carolina 

The Team: Brad Smith (team captain), Hallie Bowers, David Compton, Hendrix Smith, and  Patrick McLeod (alternate)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar

Team Mentor: Nicholas Hotze of Guy Roofing Inc. in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Ohio State University

Location: Columbus, Ohio   

The Team: David Swain (team captain), Matt Korzenko, Mackenzie Lange, Kin Sanders-Evans, and Brady Jackson (alternate)

Faculty Advisor: Michael Brown

Team Mentor: Joseph Sanderlin of Chemcote, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio

Texas A&M University

Location: College Station, Texas

The Team: Tyler Stivers (team captain), Kyler Hardison, Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser, and Austin Davis (alternate),

Faculty Advisor: Lance Simms

Team Mentor: Mark Standifer of King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, in Grand Prairie, Texas 

Three Teams Return for Their Second Year of Competition…

Three teams are returning for their second time participating in the event. Kennesaw State University (participated in 2018) and Bradley University (2019) both look to earn their way past the written proposal phase and into the finals this year. Whereas, last year’s winner, Minnesota State University, is eager to defend their title in this year’s competition. Last year, Minnesota State’s team provided an excellent presentation segment and impressed judges with their proposed safety plans, poise, and their ability to answer a variety of questions related to their proposal. 

Here is some more information on each of these teams: 

Kennesaw State University

Location: Marietta, Georgia 

The Team: Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Biancha Clarritt, Maxim Downs, and Cynia Gardner.  

Faculty Advisor: Ali Keyvanfar

Team Mentor: Candace Klein of Klein Contracting Corp. in Doraville, Georgia

Bradley University

Location: Peoria, Illinois

The Team: Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Caden Lansford, and Benjamim Maust.  

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Souhail Elhour. 

Team Mentor: Laurie Moore of Kreiling Roofing Co. in Peoria, Illinois

Minnesota State University

Location: Mankato, Minnesota

The Team: Hunter Koesters (team captain), Cory Erickson, Seth Hander, Benjamin Meyer, and Dylan Keck (alternate)

Faculty Advisor: Brian Wasserman

Team Mentor: Kevin Palmer of Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, in Mankato, Minnesota

Three Perennial Teams Return to the Competition…

In this sixth year of competition, the Roofing Alliance is proud to have the three teams that participated in the inaugural competition of 2014/2015 still competing today. Here’s a brief history of each of these three outstanding construction management programs:

  • Auburn University: The winner of the 2018 Construction Management Student Competition, the Tigers are always a threat to bring home the title and have participated in all six years of the competition’s history.   
  • Colorado State University: A perennial finalist in the competition, Colorado State University has earned the second highest cumulative score in each of the last two competitions. This will be the Ram’s fifth time participating in the competition.
  • University of Florida: The University of Florida remains the only construction management program to earn back-to-back titles. Impressively, the Gators have also been finalists in each year’s competition. 

Here is some more information on each school’s team this year: 

Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

The Team: Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Jake Peckham, and Christopher Vargas  

Faculty Advisor: Nick Rubino

Team Mentor: Kent Nelson of Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, in Greeley, Colorado

Auburn University

Location: Auburn, Alabama

The Team: Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Davis Hambrick, Oliver Reinwald, Samuel Short, and Walker Lott (alternate)

Faculty Advisor: Lauren Redden

Team Mentor: Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc. in Mobile, Alabama

University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, Florida

The Team: Tony Centro (team captain), Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins, Ricardo Madero, and Collin Galinas (alternate)

Faculty Advisor: Jim Sullivan

Team Mentor: Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. in Eaton Park, Florida

The Roofing Alliance is committed to partnering with construction management schools to enhance student experiences, provide educational insight into roofing initiatives, and to provide roofing professional development opportunities. This includes integrating information related to roofing education into university curriculum, developing roofing programs, and providing scholarships to students and faculty. If you are interested in getting involved in an organization committed to the future of roofing, please visit our website.  

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