University of Florida team wins third Alliance student competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress selected a team from University of Florida, Gainesville, as the winner of its third student construction management competition, which took place during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention Feb. 27-March 3 in Las Vegas.

Members of the winning team were Caleb Stauss (team captain), William Foster, Schaffer Weeks and Forrest Wilson.

Six construction management schools participated in the competition: McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Texas A&M University, College Station; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; and M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at University of Florida, Gainesville. The goal of the partnership 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 from each school were presented with a problem statement—they were asked to bid on a roof system installation on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Each team had to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Each team gave oral presentations March 2 at NRCA’s convention.

The winning 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 March 2.

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

Date : 3/8/2017