The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and its sister organization the Roofing Alliance recently announced the five finalists in its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Eight colleges participated in the year’s sixth challenge. The five finalists were picked based on their written proposals. Colorado’s own Colorado State University and their Department of Construction Management qualified as a finalist.

The annual contest is meant to encourage a new generation of construction managers and innovative thinkers in the growing roofing market by requiring professional and thorough roofing proposals.

What is the Construction Management Student Competition?

The annual competition was formed out to test groups of college students on their roofing knowledge, project management skills, and presentation skills. This year’s competition is submitting a quote and bid package for a new roof system at the Ford Center. The Ford Center in Frisco, TX, is home to the Dallas Cowboy’s world headquarters and houses the team’s indoor practice facility.

The roof was originally designed and constructed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, TX.

The competition requires the different teams to fully research the facility, review the plans and specs of proposed construction, and resemble an accurate price quote along with a bid proposal package. The tools and skills learned for the competition helps mold a new generation of construction professionals and is judged by the Roofing Alliance.

The five finalists will meet at the Roofing Expo in Dallas to present their proposals to the Roofing Alliance. The winners will be announced at the NRCA Industry Awards ceremony.

The Construction Management Student Competition finalists to present at the expo include:

Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science. Team Captain: Rachel Nemecek, Faculty Advisor: Lauren Redden, Team Mentor: Kyle Thomas (Thomas Roofing Co.)

Clemson University. Team Captain: Brad Smith, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar Team Mentor: Nicholas Hotze (Guy Roofing Inc.)

Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management: Team Captain: Brendan Phelan, Faculty Advisor: Nick Rubino, Team Mentor: Kent Nelson (Front Range Roofing Systems LLC.)

Texas A&M University Team Captain: Tyler Stivers Faculty Advisor: Lance Simms, Team Mentor: Mark Standifer (King of Texas Roofing Company.)

University of Florida, School of Building Construction. Team Captain: Tony Centro Faculty Advisor: Jim Sullivan, Team Mentor: Rob Springer (Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal, Inc.)

If you are in the Dallas area you can see the roofing expo and the student competitors at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on February 5, 2020. You can learn more about the student competition by visiting the Roofing Alliance website at