Colorado State University Wins Student Construction Management Competition

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.

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 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 and gave oral presentations at the convention.

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.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces Winners of MVP Awards

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 15th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Canonsburg, Pa.; Hackensack, N.J.; and Dallas.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions.

This 2015 MVP Award winners are:

Additionally, the alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

The Alliance also named Ward as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance and Luck as a finalist for other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal Joins the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Joliet, Ill. has joined the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress at the Governor level. Governor membership is reserved for those who commit $50,000 to the Alliance during a three- to five-year period. Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal’s commitment entitles it to participate in the project task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and to attend the semiannual meetings of the full Alliance.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.

Applications Are Being Accepted for 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The merit-based scholarship is available to NRCA contractor or supplier member employees and their families to assist in furthering their education in pursuit of careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

Applicants to the scholarship program must be full-time employees of an NRCA member company or their dependent children or spouses with a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline date. High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year are also eligible.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided the awards are renewed annually and recipients maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Accepting MVP Award Nominations

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2014-15 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 15th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 21, 2014.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2015 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Each person submitting a nomination by the deadline also will be placed in a drawing for an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi. In addition, each candidate will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

Scholarship Helps Integrate Roofing-related Materials into Curricula

Faculty members from construction management schools at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, have been named the first recipients of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress‘ Construction Management Faculty Scholarships.

Each faculty member received $5,000 to help them develop a plan to integrate roofing-related materials and case studies into existing curricula.

The Alliance created the scholarships though an educational partnership with the three universities and will work with them to incorporate more roofing-specific curriculum into their construction management undergraduate degree programs; provide scholarships to students and faculty; and develop internship programs with roofing contracting companies, manufacturers and distributors.

The first Construction Management Faculty Scholarship recipients are:

Jonathon Elliot, assistant professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management. Elliot earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science degree at Colorado State and also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa. He currently teaches the Construction Engineering II and Graphic Communication/Revit Courses at Colorado State.

James Sullivan, assistant professor at the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Florida and also has a Master of Building Construction Degree, Master of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Sullivan’s emphasis is on sustainable construction estimating and techniques and worker productivity training. He also worked as a project manager, contract manager, and statistician for the University of Florida, Clark Construction, and Hines.

Jacqueline Thompson, assistant professor at the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in construction management and Master’s in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, Tempe. She teaches Construction Methods and Materials, Sustainable Construction and a graduate course in Real Estate Development at Auburn. Her research focuses on construction sustainability with a special focus on understanding the role of subcontractors in achieving sustainability in the built environment.

“We’re thrilled to have such talented people getting involved with our industry, and in particular developing course material that will include roofing-related information,” says NRCA Executive Vice President William Good. “We think it’s crucial for all construction management students to understand how important, and how complex roofing is. NRCA looks forward to working with even more construction management schools in the future.”

The plan is for research to be completed by Oct. 30 so materials can be introduced into construction management departments beginning in 2015. The final report will include the learning outcome(s) to be addressed by the integration of roofing-related materials and case studies into construction; an outline of the subject matter and topical content that will be taught in the class, as well as the roofing-related materials and case studies used; and details of the assignment used to assess the learning outcome(s).

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Bestows Scholarships

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2014 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of seven scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Alliance awarded two new general scholarships to Dannelly McKenzie of Columbia, S.C., daughter of Christopher McKenzie, partner at Watts and Associates Roofing, Columbia, S.C., and Shoshanna Lee, of Livermore, Calif., daughter of Calvin Lee, estimator/project manager for Western Roofing Services, San Leandro, Calif.

In addition, a new Firestone Scholarship has been awarded to Jaclyn Harris of Mooresville, Ind., daughter of Albert Harris, warehouse/fleet manager for Beacon Roofing Supply, Indianapolis.

The Alliance also renewed seven Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including four general scholarships to Sean Cawley of Birmingham, Ala., attending Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., Neil Hourahan of Saunderstown, R.I., attending University of Massachusetts Amherst, Josiah Martin of Richmond, Va., attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., and Jonathan Poore of Harrogate, Tenn., attending Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

One Fred Good Scholarships was renewed for Carter Hruby of Fargo, N.D. attending North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Alexis Plachecki of Taylor, Wis., who is attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, also received a renewal of her Firestone Scholarship.

In addition, a Dan Cohen Scholarship was also renewed for Kara Sosinki of Hudson, Ohio, who is attending Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

A total of $50,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2014-15 school year—$35,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 110 students have received $580,000 in scholarship awards.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Names MVP Award Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 14th Annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Dallas; Aurora, Colo.; Quakertown, Pa.; and Canonsburg, Pa.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance, on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort, community service and volunteerism, and other noteworthy contributions.

The 2014 MVP Award winners are:

  • Javier Contreras, foreman for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas
  • Jim Dieckmen, superintendent for Academy Roofing, Inc., Aurora, Colo.
  • Roberto Valdez, superintendent for Supreme Roofing Systems, Inc., Dallas
  • Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
  • Coy Wilson, foreman for CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

  • Jose Martinez, foreman for AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis
  • Joel Portillo, foreman for Star Roofing Inc., Phoenix

The Alliance also named Valdez as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance, on-the-job safety performance and other noteworthy contributions, respectively, and Watts as a finalist for on-the-job safety performance.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or email her.