The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is sponsoring its second student competition that will culminate with presentations at the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE).®
The Alliance's 2016 Construction Management Student Competition is a hallmark competition that promotes careers in roofing industry management. In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.
The competition is designed to challenge the students' roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills. This year, the Alliance has invited 11 schools to participate. Each team member must be an undergraduate enrolled in the college or university they represent at the time of the competition. Teams wishing to participate in the competition must submit an Intent to Compete form and additional documentation via email by Nov. 13, 2015.
The teams will be bidding on installing a roof system at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. They must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Teams must submit a written proposal; project bid; project schedule; project planning, equipment and methods; and materials that will be used. The judges (a panel of roofing industry professionals representing the contractor and supplier communities) will review the written materials and select four finalist teams to give their oral presentations in Orlando.
The oral presentations will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. at NRCA's 129th Annual Convention and the 2016 IRE in Orlando. Each team will make a maximum 15-minute presentation summarizing its proposals and management concepts. The judges will conduct a 10-minute question-and-answer period following the proposal presentation.
A roofing contracting company will be assigned to each team to serve as an industry mentor. The team also may consult with other roofing industry professionals and experts.
The successful team solution will be based on the team's understanding of the project, realistic construction schedule and man loading, financial proposal, proposed team and presentation. Following the oral presentations, the teams will have the unique opportunity to go up on the rooftop of the Orange County Convention Center with the roofing contractor and general contractor involved with the project.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for the winning school, a team trophy and individual awards.