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2020 Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance is hosting its sixth Construction Management Student Competition.

Eight teams will be competing in our 2019-20 Construction Management Student Competition—three of which are new schools. The schools participating this year were:

Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Ala.
Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colo.
Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Texas A&M, College Station, Texas
University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Fla.

The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University

From left to right: Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Rachel Nemecek (team captain) and Davis Hambrick Not pictured: Walker Lott (alternate)
Faculty advisor: Lauren Redden
Team mentor: Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.

Bradley University

From left to right: Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford
Faculty advisor: Dr. Souhail Elhour
Team mentor: Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill.

Clemson University—NEW

From left to right: David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers, Hendrix Smith and Brad Smith (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar
Team mentor: Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.

The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University

From left to right: Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Brendan Phelan (team captain). Not pictured Mahoney Bajwa (alternate).
Faculty advisor: Nick Rubino
Team mentor: Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC., Greeley, Colo.

Kennesaw State University

From left to right: Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner, Jazzmin Evans (team captain) and Biancha Clarritt
Faculty advisor: Ali Keyvanfar
Team mentor: Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga.

Ohio State University—NEW

From left to right: Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko, David Swain (team captain),  Mackenzie Lange and Kin Sanders-Evans
Faculty advisor: Michael Brown
Team mentor: Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.

Texas A&M University—NEW

From left to right: Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Tyler Stivers (team captain), Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison
Faculty advisor: Lance Simms
Team mentor: Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

The M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida

From left to right: Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins, Tony Centro (team captain) and Collin Galinas (alternate)
Faculty advisor: Jim Sullivan
Team mentor: Rob Springer, Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

We thank all of the Roofing Alliance and NRCA members who are serving as team mentors. Mentors serve as a resource guiding the students and faculty through the project/process, answering questions and educating the students about the different elements of the project, products, systems, etc.—to help them formulate their own proposals and on-site presentations. Mentors have one or two face-to-face meetings with the team and faculty. If possible (but not required), mentors invite the team to their offices to meet their estimators and project managers and to a job site to give them perspective of a typical workday.

We thank Keith Post and Steve Little with KPost Company, Dallas for providing the project for this year's competition.

The teams will be bidding to install a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package.

In today's economy, building owners are striving to assemble construction teams that can produce a quality product; completed in a timely manner; at a competitive price. The general contractor awarded the construction of The Ford Center is working closely with the owner and design team to hand select the most qualified subcontractors for all critical trades. The owner/contractor have struggled to find a top tier roofing contractor on past project and with the high-profile nature of this project, they are determined to select a roofing contractor who can meet and exceed the unique demands of this project.

This is a rather large and difficult facility that will be designed, bid and built in phases. The teams will be asked initially to provide a proposal for the Multi-Use and Indoor Practice Facility. The goal is to award this package and potentially negotiate the Headquarters, Retail, and Hotel construction once design is completed. The teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimates to beat their competition while maintaining a reasonable margin.

For this project, the roofing subcontractor is expected to include all insulation, TPO roofing, PVC roofing, and associated sheet metal flashing assemblies. Exterior metal wall panels and all rooftop paver assemblies are to be excluded from the Roofing scope of work.

The Ford Center project will be awarded based on the total price and overall project approach for this first phase. The teams are to break out their pricing indicating the Multi-Use and Indoor Practice Facilities separately.

The teams are to submit their written proposals by Dec. 9, 2019. The judges will then review the written proposals and select up to five finalist teams that will travel to the 2020 International Roofing Expo® in Dallas where they will give oral presentations as though they were presenting to the general contractor who will be deciding which roofing contractor will be selected. The oral presentations will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at the Kay Bailey Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

The teams will be judged on the overall quality of their written proposals, project management and organization; feasibility of construction and program schedules; accuracy/feasibility of conceptual costs; quality of safety and quality control/quality-assurance plans; supplemental materials; overall quality of their oral presentations; feasibility of project management, organization and schedule; accuracy and completeness of project costs; and answers to questions.


1st place team:

  • A team trophy and a $5,000 L. B. Conway scholarship for the winning school
  • Individual trophies

2nd place team:

  • A team trophy and a $2,500 scholarship for the winning school
  • Individual trophies

Best Individual Student Presenter:

  • $500 paid via Venmo

Winning Team of "Expo Run":

  • $25 Amazon gift cards for each student and faculty advisor on the winning team

Certificates of Merit will be awarded to all non-winning finalist students.

All winners will:

  • Be recognized in press releases sent to local and national media and roofing industry trade press
  • Be acknowledged in Professional Roofing magazine
  • Be listed on the Roofing Alliance's website

Questions can be directed to:
The Roofing Alliance
10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600
Rosemont, IL 60018
Bennett Judson (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513;
Jessica Priske (847) 299-9070, ext. 7517;