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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 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


NRCA Member Black Roofing Inc. Installs Waterproofing Membrane on Denver International Airport Expansion


In October 2011, the Denver International Airport (DIA) launched the South Terminal Redevelopment Program to enhance the airport’s competitive standing as a leading global airport and increase overall passenger and aircraft-handling capacity.

The new construction project included a new Westin hotel with a conference center and a Public Transit Center.

NRCA-member Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo. was selected to install all water proofing membrane assemblies and coatings for the $544 million project. The crew began work May, 2014.

On the 433,000-square-foot Westin hotel, Black Roofing’s work on the project included:

* Installation of a hot fluid-applied, fabric-reinforced American Hydrotech Monolithic Membrane 6125® assembly, including custom-tapered extruded polystyrene insulation and layered drainage mats.

* An expansion joint cover assembly with a fire barrier installed between the plaza and existing terminal.

* Installing 2,000 square feet of hot fluid-applied membrane assembly at the grade level planters at a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through.

* Reflashing of more than 100 penetrations that were drilled to support the perimeter DIA 3pool drain when it was installed. This included custom-made stainless-steel counter-flashings and fabricating and installing a mile-long termination bar.

Black Roofing’s work on the 82,000-square-foot Public Transit Center included:

* Fabrication, installation and detailing of more than 250 copper sweep inserts before installing 47,000 square feet of American Hydrotech Monolithic Membrane 6125 on the concrete platform and transit’s main area.

* Application of more than 10,000 -square -feet of traffic coating at various mechanical rooms throughout the Public Transit Center and the Westin hotel.

Because DIA is in the middle of an open prairie, Black Roofing workers faced harsh, unblocked winds and cold temperatures throughout the construction process.

A project requirement also called for a 7/8- to 1 3/8 -inch thickness of sand below the concrete pavers covering the waterproofing assembly. Specified slopes had to be accomplished with tapered insulation, which proved to be challenging for workers installing insulation.

DIA 2After the first couple of weeks of installing the insulation and drain boards on top of the water-proofing membrane, workers realized the final tapered slope exceeded the slope by 3/8 of an inch per foot. As a result, Dan Zahtila, president of Black Roofing, spent six weeks on the job site making modifications.

In addition, the sand bed specification was so thin, it wasn’t possible to adjust the slope, and the sand and pavers would not hold down the drain board.

“We spent thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights trying to make an unworkable situation workable,” Zahtila says. “The precise requirement of the ¼ -inch -per -foot deck slope dominated the job for four months until we found a resolution.”

Sub-zero temperatures proved to be an additional challenge, and heat cables were laid out to keep the sand from freezing so it could be screed to accept the pavers. In many cases workers had to tear out the insulation and sand where the 2 percent slope requirement was not met.

Additionally, four plaza areas were designated as art areas and required Black Roofing workers to spread nearly 450 tons of 4- to 6-inch diameter cobble ballast that was hoisted to the plaza one bucket at a time by a crane positioned between two light wells 100 feet below.

Despite the challenges of the project during the project, after 25,000 man-hours, Black Roofing completed its work on the DIA South Terminal Redevelopment Program in time for the hotel to open April 22, 2016.

“This project put us on the map with the general contractor community as a roofing contracting company that can handle any waterproofing job regardless of size or difficulty,” says Tim Black, founder of Black Roofing.

For its outstanding efforts, Black Roofing received a 2017 Gold Circle Award in Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope category and a Gold Circle Safety Award.

The project is featured in the May 2017 issue of Professional Roofing magazine. Visit–05-01-2017/4014.

University of Florida Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Third Student Competition

Student Competition 2017

Members of the team from University of Florida receive their awards after winning The Alliance’s third annual student competition at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. This was the second consecutive year the University of Florida team has won the competition.

For the second consecutive year, a team from University of Florida, Gainesville, was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ third student construction management competition, which took place during the NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention held March 1-3 in Las Vegas.

Members of the winning team were Will Foster, Caleb Strauss (team captain), Schaffer Weeks, Forest Wilson and faculty advisor Jim Sullivan.

Six schools of construction management participated in this year’s competition: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; the University of Cincinnati; and M.E. Ringer Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.

The goal of the outreach to the construction management 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 both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 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. All teams had to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Each team submitted written proposals and supporting documents in Dec., 2016 and gave oral presentations at the convention March 2.

Orange County Construction, the University of Florida’s team company had the highest cumulative score. The team had a thorough understanding of the project; a strong safety plawhich included planning, training and execution and a well-prepared presentation. In addition, they were well-prepared to answer judges’ questions.

The University of Florida received a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual prizes that were presented during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

Plans are now underway for the 2017-18 Alliance student competition in at NRCA’s 131st annual convention in New Orleans Feb. 6-8, 2018.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or

NRCA Announces 2017 Gold Circle Award Winners

NRCA has awarded four of its member contractors with the prestigious Gold Circle Award during its 130th Annual Convention held March 1-3 in Las Vegas. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship and contributions to the roofing industry, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services. Additionally, two companies received a Gold Circle Safety Award for demonstrating superior safety measures.

The 2017 Gold Circle Award winners are:

Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

Denver AirportBlack Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo., won for its work on Denver International Airport’s south terminal development program. Working in cold weather on a prairie site with constant wind requiring full-time use of face masks, Black Roofing workers installed 97,000 square feet of monolithic membrane, including custom-tapered polystyrene insulation; 47,000 square feet of hot fluid-applied waterproofing at a public transit center, including fabricating and installing more than 250 copper weep inserts; 4,000 square feet of hot fluid-applied waterproofing on an indoor pool level; and 2,000 square feet of hot fluid-applied waterproofing on grade-level planters, including fabrication and installation of custom-made stainless-steel counterflashing. More than 450 tons of 4- to 6-inch cobble ballast, hoisted one bucket at a time, was installed in designated “art” areas. Detailing the extensive amount of membrane terminations and penetrations required a custom-fabricated, heavy-gauge stainless-steel termination bar measuring more than 1 mile. Working with two kettles on the roof deck at all times required extensive safety measures for which Black Roofing also was awarded a Gold Circle Safety Award.

Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

Mahan Slate Roofing Co. Inc., Springfield, Mass., won for its work on Groton Schoolhouse OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABell Tower, Groton, Mass. Mahan Slate Roofing workers replicated the bell tower’s copper work and weathervane; installed 60 squares of slate; replaced flat-seam copper on the bell tower floor and copper dormers; installed mahogany wood trim and custom heavy-duty copper gutters; and restored the clockworks and bell. In addition, the lights that illuminated the bell tower were not historically accurate, so Mahan Slate Roofing workers built recessed copper troughs into the slate and copper so the lights would be hidden from view. The custom-fabricated copper dome then was gilded in 14-karat gold to create a campus focal point.

Innovative Solutions: New Construction

Utah Tile & Roofing Inc., Salt Lake City, won for its work on Provo City Center Temple, Provo, Utah. In 2010, a devastating fire destroyed most of the original 1885 building. When IS-New-Utah-10_Fig19the structure was rebuilt, it was converted into a temple. Utah Tile & Roofing installed more than 183,000 square feet of monolithic membrane at a mat sab under the entire building, 203,000 square feet of plaza deck waterproofing and 56,200 square feet of foundation wall waterproofing to encapsulate the building. To remain consistent with the original Victorian Gothic period, Utah Tile & Roofing workers installed a slate roof system with four steep spires and a center tower (a key feature of the building), copper trim, cast brass rain gutter brackets, copper gutters and downspouts. In addition, Utah Tile & Roofing workers field-fabricated ice-melt systems at the base of each spire and all gutter locations. Steep slopes ranging from 18:22 to 22:12 and heights up to 160 feet warranted extensive safety measures, for which Utah Roofing & Tile also won a Gold Circle Safety Award.

Service to the Industry

SI-Commercial-2012-11-09 09.13.09Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, won for its Associated General Contractors Construction Career Day. For the past three years, Commercial Roofers has hosted booth space, exposing local high school students to the various jobs available in the construction industry. Commercial Roofers provided students with the opportunity to practice hands-on heat-welded TPO membrane patches while the company’s superintendent and project manager answered questions about industry jobs, training, education and general interest inquiries. About 900 students from Clark County School District participated.

NRCA Now Accepting Entries for Annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

Fraizer_HabitatOnce again, CNA and NRCA are working together to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Submit any charitable project, activity or donation between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for your charity.

Three winning charities will be selected and will receive:

1st Place – $7,500

2nd Place – $5,000

3rd Place – $2,500

Winners will be notified by Jan. 17, 2017, and the awards will be presented at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Any charitable project undertaken by an 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.

Butcher_Toy DriveWinners will be selected by a panel of judges, who must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best determine the winners. Therefore, all entries must include supporting information regarding the charitable work performed. In addition to a required 100-word description, a testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations is requested.

Submissions should also include additional supporting materials, including, photographs, press clippings and video.

All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

For more an official entry form, and additional information on the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award  visit



The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2016 MVP Award Winners from Florida and Texas

MVP 1The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 16th annual MVP Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Sanford, Fla; Houston; and Farmers Branch, Texas.

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 2016 MVP Award winners are:

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2016 MVP Winners Curtis Purvis, Isreal Casas and Pedro Melendez.

Israel Casas, foreman at Tecta America Southeast, LLC, Sanford, Fla., for other noteworthycontributions and activities.

Pedro Melendez, superintendent at Centimark Corp., Houston, for contributions to team effort.

Curtis Purvis, superintendent at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas for outstanding on the job performance, on the job safety performance and community service and volunteerism.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

Lyle Bandurski, foreman at Midland Engineering Co., Inc., North South Bend, Ind.

Barry Clouse, field worker at AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis

Jason Geller, foreman at Schwickert’s Tecta America, Mankato, Minn.

Thomas Williams, superintendent at KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas

Vasiliy Yefimov, equipment operator, Stoneway Roofing Supply, Tacoma, Wash.

The Alliance also named Casas as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance and Purvis as a finalist for contributions to team effort.

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



In recognition of its efforts to help disadvantaged members of its community meet basic nutritional needs, Straight Line Roofing & Construction of Shingle Springs, Calif. has been presented with the fourth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Straight Line Roofing & Construction was selected for its $16,330 donation to support the Food Bank of El Dorado County by hosting its 9th Annual Thanks & Giving Customer Appreciation Event. During its 10-year involvement with the charity, Straight Line Roofing has replaced the facility’s roof system and raised more than $70,000 to help feed at-risk individuals.

CNA awarded Straight Line Roofing & Construction with $5,000 for assisting the Food Bank and its partnerships with more than 40 local emergency food response agency sites.

Additionally, this year’s honorable mentions each received $1,000 from CNA; they are 7 Summits Roofing, Colorado Springs, for hosting the Brandon Schwartz Memorial Tournament; Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, for its non-profit organization Roof Angels; and Jonesboro Roofing Co., Inc. Jonesboro, Ark., for its work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The awards were presented Feb. 18 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention in Orlando.