The Roofing Alliance announced the top five teams that earned invitations to the International Roofing Expo to present their proposals before a panel of judges during its 10th Anniversary Construction Management Student Competition.  

In a Jan. 3 news release, the Roofing Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the National Roofing Contractors Association, released the five teams who will compete in the final leg of the competition — the oral presentations — starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room N110.

  This year’s participating schools include:

Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

  • Mary Madalyn Massengale (team captain), Jack Armstrong, Braxton Bauer (team alternate), Kyle Shaull, Arjun Varadhan; faculty advisor is Dr. Kenneth Sands; team mentor is Paige Harvill, Nations Roof, Mobile, Ala.

Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.

  • Adam Wascher (team captain), Attilio Levato, Tyler S. Pilon, Tadgh S. Spillane, Uriel De La Torre (team alternate); faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhouar; team mentor is Doug Duncan, Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. 

  • William Macguire (team captain), Caleb Borton, Ryan Schmick, Carson Stevens, Dennis Sispera (team alternate); faculty advisor is Prof. Nick Rubino; team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • John Falavolito (team captain), Julian Hood, Hogan Leftwich, Yahir Santiago, Kolten Heine (team alternate); faculty advisor is Prof. Chris Presley; team mentor is Kyle Cahill, King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, Texas. 

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

  • Nick Hanson (team captain), Rachel Deal, Grayson Johnston, Davis Lunger, Will Eison (team alternate); faculty advisor is Dr. Jim Sullivan; team mentor is Caleb Stauss, Big D Roofing Services, Ocala, Fla. 

The competition tests students’ roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year’s project is the Formula 1 Paddock Building in Las Vegas, originally roofed by Commercial Roofers of Las Vegas. Teams researched the chosen project, submitted a qualified bid package proposal, and will soon present their bids, illustrating their project management, estimating and safety knowledge.

The top three winning teams will be recognized on stage at the NRCA Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7.

To register for the student competition, visit the International Roofing Expo website,

For more information about the student competition and the Roofing Alliance, visit