How Construction Management Programs Can Get Involved in a National Student Competition

To fight the labor gap issue impacting the roofing industry, the Roofing Alliance has established a variety of programs and initiatives that promote roofing careers, including: 

  • Providing scholarship opportunities to students and roofing professionals
  • Integrating roofing education into construction management programs and courses 
  • Funding roofing training programs
  • Co-founding a certification program with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) 

Another way Roofing Alliance members are promoting careers in roofing is by hosting a student competition focusing on construction management. In this brief article, we will provide you with more details on this annual student competition. Whether you’re a faculty member at a university with a construction management program, a student considering a career in roofing, or a roofing professional interested in getting involved with initiatives to strengthen the industry, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website for more details. 

The Competition Criteria

Held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo®, the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. This year’s competition will feature nine construction management programs vying for the title. Each team consists of four undergraduate students presently enrolled at the school they are representing. Each team is provided a team mentor to assist them along the way. Once a construction management program has assembled a team, here are the next four steps of the competition:  

1) The Problem Statement

Once a school registers for the competition in September, they are provided with a “Problem Statement” tasking the team to submit a qualified bid package for installing a roofing system on an iconic structure in the hosting city. For example, in this year’s competition in Dallas, the teams will be submitting a bid proposal for installing a roofing system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility used by the Dallas Cowboys. 

2) The Written Proposal

Teams are then tasked with submitting their written proposal featuring a bid package that includes a written execution plan. The written proposal should feature the project bid total, schedule, and any documents related to project planning, including the equipment and materials that will be used on the project. The submission date for the 2020 competition is on December 9, 2019.     

3) The Oral Presentation

After judging the written proposals, up to five of the teams with the highest cumulative scores in the written proposal segment will be selected to present at the 2020 International Roofing Expo® in Dallas. Oral presentations will take place on February 5, 2020, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Teams will be evaluated on the quality of their presentation, roofing knowledge, teamwork, coordination, accuracy in project costs and scope of work, among other factors. 

4) Announcing the Winning Team

Winners are determined based on a cumulative score of their written proposal and oral presentation. The first place team is awarded the $5,000 L.B. Conway Scholarship and team members are also provided with individual trophies. The second place team is awarded a $2,500 scholarship and individual trophies. The Best Individual Presenter is awarded a $500 prize for their outstanding effort. 

To learn more about this year’s competition, please visit the 2020 Student Competition page.

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.