NEW ORLEANS — A team from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' first student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association's (NRCA) 128th Annual Convention held Feb. 24-26 in New Orleans.

Members of the winning team were Tyler Eberhardt, Eric Erikson, Sean Howell (team captain) and Chris Lierheimer.

The competition was part of an educational partnership with three of the top schools of construction management: Colorado State University's Department of Construction Management, the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida and the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing a roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both 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 installing a roof system on a Bass Pro Shop Sportsman's Center. 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 submitted written proposals and supporting documents on Feb. 16, and gave oral presentations at the convention Feb 25.

The winning team received a team trophy and a $1,000 cash prize for its school as well as individual team member trophies that were presented during NRCA's Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on Feb. 25.

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