Auburn University team wins Alliance student competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress selected a team from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., as the winner of its fourth student construction management competition, which took place during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention Feb. 4-8 in New Orleans.

Members of the winning team were Jason McCay (team captain), Alex Gomez, Hannah Redifer, and Matthew Youngblood. Additionally, Hannah Redifer from Auburn University received the award for Best Individual Student Presenter.

The team from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, placed second in the competition.

Four construction management schools were chosen as finalists to participate in the competition: McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The goal of the partnership with construction schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs; exploring scholarship programs for students and faculty members; and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Each team gave oral presentations Feb. 7 at NRCA’s convention.

The first-place team received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for its school, as well as individual team member trophies that were presented during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7. The second-place team received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards. The Best Individual Student Presenter received an iPad.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or

Date : 2/12/2018