The Roofing Alliance’s Commitment to Education Initiatives and the 2019-2020 Construction Management Student Competition Part 2

In this two-part article, members of the Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), are discussing the membership-based organization’s roofing education initiatives. As we discussed in the first part, this includes funding and supporting scholarship programs, outreach programs, and our national competition for students enrolled in construction management programs. In this part, we will focus on the format of this competition and some of the details for this year’s competition.      

What Is the Construction Management Competition?

The Construction Management Student Competition is designed to challenge students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills. The 2019-20 Construction Management Student Competition will be the sixth annual competition. Last year’s competition featured a record eleven construction management programs across the nation, including six new schools. 

How Does the Competition Work? 

In order to be eligible to compete in the competition, each team member must be an undergraduate enrolled at the institution they are representing at the competition. After being accepted into the competition, the timeline for the events of the competition are as follows: 

  • In September, competition details are revealed to all of the schools competing. This includes providing a problem statement that details the scope of work for a roofing system. The problem statement requires that each team submits a project bid, schedule, along with planning, equipment and materials used, and methods utilized.  
  • In December, each team is tasked with submitting a qualified bid package featuring a written proposal and supporting documents. Shortly after the submission of this package, a panel of judges will select a maximum of five teams as competition finalists.  
  • In February, each of the finalists are granted 15-minutes for an oral presentation to discuss their proposal at the NRCA’s annual convention. After each team completes their presentation, they will have a question-and-answer segment with the panel of judges. 
  • The teams are judged by a panel of roofing professionals. Evaluations are based on each team’s written proposal, project management capabilities, organization, project feasibility, accuracy of project costs, safety plans, and overall performance of oral presentations.   
  • The winning team is announced at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. To learn more about roofing education and scholarship opportunities, other awards, and the history of this competition, please visit our website

Details for the 2019/2020 Construction Management Student Competition

Construction management teams were required to submit their Intent to Compete and Honors Pledge forms in early October 2019 and teams will have until December 9, 2019 to enter their “bid package” for consideration to compete in this year’s competition as a finalist. 

In early January, 2020, the Roofing Alliance will announce the finalists for this year’s competition. Oral presentations will take place on February 5, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. To learn more about this competition and other roofing education objectives, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website.  

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.