Minnesota State University team wins Roofing Alliance student competition

February 14, 2019

The Roofing Alliance selected a team from Minnesota State University—Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minn., as the winner of its fifth student construction management competition, which took place during NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention Feb. 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Members of the winning team were Chase Olson (team captain), Hunter Campbell, Shola George, Jon Harrington and Hunter Morsching.

Additionally, Tony Centro from the University of Florida, Gainesville, received the award for Best Individual Student Presenter.

The team from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, placed second in the competition.

Five construction management schools were chosen as finalists to participate in the competition: Auburn University—McWhorter School of Building Sciences, Auburn, Ala; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Department of Construction Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The goal of the partnership with construction schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs; exploring scholarship programs for students and faculty members; and developing an internship program with interested Roofing Alliance members.

Teams were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid for installing a new roof system on the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tenn. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Each team gave oral presentations Feb. 12 at NRCA's convention.

The first-place team received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for its school, as well as individual team member trophies that were presented during NRCA's Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 12. The second-place team received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards. The Best Individual Student Presenter received an iPad.

For more information about the Roofing Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance's executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

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