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2021 Student Competition

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

We are pleased to report that seven schools will be competing in our 2020-21 Construction Management Student Competition—one of which is a new school. We’re excited to present this year’s student competition teams—we wish each of them the best of luck!

Auburn University, McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn University, Ala.

Team members from left to right: Logan Bozeman, Walker Lott (team captain), Libby Reid, Joey White (alternate) and Steward Wilkes; faculty coach is Associate Professor Junshan Liu; team mentor is Paige Harvill, Nations Roof LLC, Mobile, Ala.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif. — New

Team members from left to right: Shay O’Laughlin, Ryan Proctor (captain), Chloe Riddlespurger (alternate), Jane Runte and Shaina Suanico; faculty coach is Dr. Jeong Woo; team mentor is Rudy Gutierrez, Shell Roofing Solutions, Chino, Calif.

Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. —Finalist

Team members from left to right: Allison O’Toole, Declan Fay, Hendrix Smith (alternate), Luke Skertich (captain), and Hannah Smith; faculty coach is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar; team mentor is Will Fort, Bone Dry Roofing, North Charleston, S.C.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. —Finalist

Team members from left to right: Kendall Carter, Terry Copperman (alternate), Joshua Houser (captain), Jacob Scheider and Mackenzie Voshage; faculty coach is Nicholas Rubino; team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.

Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.

Team members from left to right: Braxton Peterson, Fortino Padilla (alternate), Maxim Downs (captain), Madlyn Wright and Cory Reeves; faculty coach is Ali Keyvanfar; team mentor is Geoff Mitchell, Mid-south Roof Systems, Atlanta, Ga.

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas —Finalist

Team members from left to right: Bryce Sniderwin (alternate), Collin Rosser(captain), David Hermann, Graham Eldridge, Kyler Hardison; faculty coach is Lance Simms; team mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. —Finalist

Team members from left to right: Garrett Spicola, Ansley Spofford (alternate), Collin Galinas (captain), Kyle Mueller and Bobby Swentkofske; faculty coach is Jim Sullivan; team mentor is 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. Typically, 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. But most contact will be virtual due to social distancing limitations imposed because of the coronavirus.

We want to thank Dennis Conway with Commercial Roofers in Las Vegas for providing the project for this year’s competition which is the Las Vegas Raiders Indoor Practice Facility, Henderson, Nev.

From the roofing contractor’s view point this project is being bid as a Design-Bid project. This means that the selected roofing contractor will be very much involved in the roof design with regards to materials and systems which were used in the project. The owners and construction manager on this project want the input of the professional roofing contractor with the design, schedule and safety of the project. In essence the selected roofing contractor will be part of the team which is building this facility.

Time is very important as the Raiders’ team must begin practice long before the NFL season begins. However, quality and safety are of paramount importance as well.

The building’s footprint for the roof is not a complex design. It is a functional design for the particular use of the building. It does have challenges for the roofing contractor that will be important considerations as to who is selected for the project.

For this project, the roofing contractor is expected to include all roof insulation, the roofing system, sheet metal flashings along with other roofing related penetrations. No wall panels are a part of this project. The practice field is a pre-engineered building structure which is not included in the roofing package. However, the roof connections and flashings at the junctions of the other buildings to the practice field building are a part of this package.

The Raiders Training Center will be awarded based on the total price and overall project approach to include presentation on the roofing system of choice.

The first component of the competition is the written proposal which is due Feb. 8, 2021. The judges will then review the written proposals and select up to five finalist teams.

This year, due to the coronavirus, the teams will not be giving oral presentations (the final component of the competition) at the 2021 International Roofing Expo® because the event has been postponed until August. Instead, the finalist teams will give their oral presentations virtually in April 2021. The exact date and procedures will soon be advised.

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 Fred C. Good scholarship for the winning school
  • Individual trophies

First place Best Individual Student Presenter:

  • $300 American Express gift card

Second place Best Individual Student Presenter:

  • $200 American Express gift card

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 about the competition 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;