Category Archives: Awards and Recognition

Core Contractors Inc.’s Alan Baird Awarded The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ 2018 Best of the Best Award

Best of Best 2018The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced Alan Baird, foreman of Core Contractors Inc., Denver, as the recipient of the Best of the Best Award. Baird was announced as the award winner at NRCA’s 131th Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

The Best of the Best Award, which is co-sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., is awarded each year to one of the recipients of the Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions.

“He is a shining example of what the true bar of excellence is within his company and within his community,” said Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, when announcing Baird as Best of the Best. “He constantly impresses his managers and peers through self-driven educational training, hard work, a positive attitude, public service and a heart of pure gold.”

Baird also was a 2018 MVP Award winner for outstanding on-the-job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

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The Alliance Announces 2018 Gold Circle Award Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has awarded four contractor members of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) with prestigious Gold Circle Awards during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship and contributions to the roofing industry, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services. Additionally, one company received a Gold Circle Safety Award for demonstrating superior safety measures.

The 2018 Gold Circle Award winners are:

Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., won for its work on the AT&T Midtown Center, a prominent high-rise building in midtown Atlanta. Workers had to overcome several Low Slopeaccess challenges, including using only two freight elevators in each building that also serviced all delivery and moving needs for all floors. Klein Contracting workers mechanically fastened a Dexcell cement cover board to the deck; installed two layers of high-density 2-inch polyisocyanurate insulation laid in low-rise foam; installed ½-inch high-density cover board laid in low-rise foam; adhered 60-mil-thick TPO membrane; and installed an additional drain. On the support building, workers installed a tapered Celcore lightweight insulating concrete; adhered 115-mil-thick fleece-backed TPO membrane in low-rise foam; and installed walk pads. Klein Contracting’s designs for both buildings allowed the new roof systems to meet current energy code and also allowed the manufacturer to issue a 20-year No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty.

 

Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc. and Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal, Louisville, Ky., won for their work on the Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.  American Roofing & Metal performed the renovation to the slate roof and supporting structure and contracted Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal to restore the intricate copper components of the upper and lower cupola and dome of the courthouse. American Roofing & Metal workers repaired the roof system deck by installing a ¾-inch-thick layer of plywood and then applied a polymer-modified bitumen base sheet to serve as a protective underlayment. The crew then installed two layers of 2-inch-thick polyisocyanurate insulation over the newly repaired deck. Because the dome had a nearly vertical face, installing the new slate roof system was a challenge. American Roofing & Metal workers installed 1 X 4s vertically from top to bottom using two screws at every other angle iron. The 1 x 4s were spaced 24 inches on center horizontally and a second 1 x 4 was glued and screwed over the first. Three layers of 3/8-inch-thick plywood then were installed. American Roofing & Metal workers also installed an underlayment and Buckingham Slate.

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Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal workers built a full-scale replica of the base of the cupola and built wooden jigs to reproduce the moldings and corbels. The molding of the cupola consisted of 653 hand-cut, curved pieces that were assembled using tinners rivets. The cupola was clad using soft copper in flat-locked panels to replicate the original construction. Another mold was made to reproduce 260 feet of the ornamental hip cap for the dome’s slate roof. A total of 840 linear feet of cornice gutter was fabricated and installed using 20-ounce copper. To complete the total restoration of the cupola, 10, 700 pounds of copper were used, which was transported and installed at the job site using two-man crews. In addition, Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal reproduced the 170-pound landmark weathervane that had been removed from the building during the 1990s. Once it was completed, the weathervane had to be mounted on a blustery December day where temperatures dipped below 27 F and winds were 12-15 mph. In the end, after more than two decades of absence, the landmark running horse now spins atop the courthouse.

 

Innovative Solutions: New Construction

New ConstrutionFlynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., won for its work on the University of Denver’s Daniel Feliz Richie School of Engineering and Computer Science. The structure included a dome with diamond-like shingles, standing-seam copper roof panels, and copper diamond and flat-seam wall panels.  Flynn Southwest was presented with the challenge of designing the diamond-like shingles, which included the complicated task of calculating the shingles to fall within the tolerances left behind by the other trades working on the project. This was accomplished by designing the shingles with an interlocking system in which each shingle could be adjusted to maintain the concentric lines that gave the dome its signature look. On the roof system, Flynn Southwest workers installed 5/8-inch-thick gypsum board; 4.5-inch Atlas Nailbase; Carlisle WIP 300 HT Ice and Water Shield; Interwrap Titanium UDL Synthetic Underlayment; 16-ounce double-rolled, mechanically seamed Revere Copper; and Tra-Mage C21Z single-bar snow-retention system. On the dome, workers installed Carlisle WIP 300 HT Ice and Water Shield; Interwrap Titanium UDL 50 Synthetic Underlayment and 16-ounce Revere Zinc Coated Freedom Gray custom-made shingles.

 

Innovative Solutions: Reroofing

Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., won for its work on the Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md. The project involved removing and replacing a 35-year-old insulated translucent skylight system 16 stories above the lobby of the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Administration transportation hub in downtown Bethesda. The Reroofingproject called for the removal of all 200 individual insulating fiberglass panels and reuse of the existing framing system. Of the 200 panels in need of replacement, there were nearly 100 different dimensioned panels and shapes that would be required. Wagner Roofing worked with Kemper System Inc. and Curtainwall Design Consultants to develop a new liquid-applied reinforced polymer membrane waterproofing system that integrated properly with the adjacent skylight. Wagner Roofing also designed and fabricated a new two-stage gutter system. After the existing exterior gutter system was removed, the remaining interior aluminum gutter was prepared and treated with Kemper’s 2K-PUR system. The top exterior gutter was replaced with new .063-mil-thick finished aluminum. The base of the waterproofing system was applied in the shop before being sent to the worksite for installation and top coat application. Wagner Roofing workers applied a temporary vapor barrier to the main lower built-in gutter before installing a new tapered polyisocyanurate insulation system and new heat-welded 80-mil-thick TPO membrane. The same two-stage flashing treatment was applied to the main gutter, and new scuppers were cut through the precast concrete wall to more effectively move water away from the building. Workers then replaced all custom-fabricated field panels and tied into the new perimeter systems.

 

Safety Preparedness and Performance

SafetyWagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., also won the award for Safety Preparedness and Performance for the great steps the company to overcome the significant public safety challenge of providing access for employees to work on the skylight and adjacent systems, enabling building operations to continue during their work on the Bethesda Metro Center. The company partnered with Scaffold Resource to develop a permanent hoist from the building’s loading dock. This permitted safe passage of debris and materials. A 160-foot-tall scaffold to support the mechanical hoist was erected on the exterior of the building and tied back to the floor slab edges. At the building’s 12th floor, one skylight panel was removed to permit access to the underside of the skylight. A cable system then was installed to enable netting to be hung like a curtain to catch any falling tools or debris. The scaffolding on the outside of the building was staged on the 12th floor, passing through the temporary opening in the skylight. The scaffold system was then suspended from the space from of the atrium by rated webbed beam straps and chains, providing safe and sturdy access for workers to the underside of the skylight system.

 

Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal Honored With 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition for its years of work helping mentally, emotionally and physically challenged individuals, Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal of York, Pa., has been presented with the sixth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by NRCA and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

For more than 19 years, Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal has worked with Shadowfax, an organization that provides services to developmentally disabled adults and helps them gain skills to find meaningful work. Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal ships Firestone Building Products’ screws and metal insulation plates to Shadowfax, and workers pre-assemble the screws and plates to be installed on roof systems.

Some Shadowfax workers enjoy the task so much they feel as though they are employees of Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal and Firestone Building Products, and they wait eagerly for trucks to arrive so they can begin their work for the day.

CNA awarded Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal with $7,500 to be presented to Shadowfax.

Additionally, second-place winner Action Roofing Hawaii LLC, Kapolei, Hawaii, received $5,000 for donating materials and labor to install new standing-seam metal roof systems for Kahauki Villages, a project that helps homeless families settle into long-term, affordable housing.

Third-place winner, O’LYN Roofing, Norwood, Mass., received $2,500 for its work with The Home for Little Wanderers, whose mission is to ensure the healthy, behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of at-risk children and families.

In addition, for the first year CNA and NRCA added a People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website. The winner of the People’s Choice Award, Tecta America, Cumming, Ga., received $1,500 for its work with Special Needs and Treats Inc., a nonprofit company that focuses on providing special needs adults with training in catering and provides catered food to local food ministries, elderly care facilities, and women and children’s shelters.

The awards were presented Feb. 7 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Robert McNamara Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

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Robert McNamara (right) poses with 2017 J.A. Piper Award winner Bruce McCrory (left) on Feb. 7 in New Orleans.

NRCA has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

“The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

 

Deadline for Entries for the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award is Dec. 22!

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Win Up to $7,500 for Your Charity!

For the sixth year, NRCA and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award.

NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works.

Winning charities will receive:

1st Place — $7,500
2nd Place — $5,000
3rd Place — $2,500
People’s Choice — $1,500

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

Award submissions must include supporting information regarding the charitable work performed (a minimum of 100-word description is required). In addition, a testimonial letter from the receiving charity should explain how the charitable work or donation helped its operations.

Submission guidelines: Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22. Submissions should include the following”

  1. An entry form
  2. An in-depth description of the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required).
  3. A testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations
  4. Other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.

The judging panel must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best select winners. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be selected by the public via online voting.

If submitting by mail, complete the entry form and include it with your entry package. All mailed entry packages must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Please do not staple entry materials.

Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

The awards will be presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans. For more information, contact Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at (847) 493-7548 or visit www.nrca.net/CNA-NRCAaward.

NRCA Congratulates Member Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Winner of the 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Award

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NRCA is proud to congratulate member Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for winning the 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Award in the Best Corporate Steward, Small and Mid-Sized Market Business Category.

The Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world.

During the past year, Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, and his staff donated more than $700,000 through cash and in-kind donations to more than 40 Orange County, Calif., nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, OneOC, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Families Forward.

Antis has donated 10 large-scale maintenance projects and 100 leak repairs for families enduring hardship and honors employee requests for pro bono work to aid families in need.

“The Antis team is all-in on putting ‘people before profit,’ keeping families safe and dry, and saying ‘yes’ to our nonprofit stakeholders and families in need in our community. We believe it is our civic duty to do so,” Antis says. “By chasing fulfillment and impact instead of profit, we have discovered a better way of living.”

The roofing industry is familiar with the extent of Antis’ charitable giving. Earlier in 2017, his company won the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was recognized for the Antis Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2016 to take care of the people of Orange County by helping dozens of area charitable organizations.

“Antis Roofing & Waterproofing truly knows what it means to give back to their community,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “The company has made social responsibility a major part of its culture, and it is what has made them a success. Charles and his team are truly deserving of this honor.”

For more information about Antis’ Roofing & Waterproofing’s Corporate Citizenship Award, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/blog/post/social-responsibility-us-mid-market-companies.

NRCA Contractor Members Encouraged to Submit Charitable Projects for 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

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CNA and NRCA once again are working together to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Roofing contractor members are encouraged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation that took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charity.

Deadline for entries is Dec. 22!

Any charitable project undertaken by and NRCA contractor member is eligible. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify.

Submission guidelines:

Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials noted below and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22.

  1. An entry form
  2. An in-depth description of the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required).
  3. A testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations
  4. Other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.

The judging panel must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best select winners. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be selected by the public via online voting.

If submitting by mail, complete entry form and include it with your entry package. All mailed entry packages must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Please do not staple entry materials.

Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Winners were acknowledged at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans.

For additional information and this year’s entry form visit www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.