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


In recognition of its continuous efforts to help the people of Orange County by keeping roofs over their heads and helping dozens of local charitable organizations, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., has been presented with the fifth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award co-sponsored by the NRCA and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was selected for its nonprofit organization The Antis Foundation. Founded in 2016, the Antis Foundation actively supports many local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Alzheimer’s Orange County.

The Antis Foundation helps these organizations through its employee volunteer program, charitable grants, corporate and nonprofit collaborations, and pro-bono roofing work.

CNA awarded Antis Roofing & Waterproofing with $7,500 to be used in support of The Antis Foundation.

Additionally, second-place winner Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will receive $5,000 for its ongoing support of the Sonrise Mission, a faith-based rehabilitation program for adults with life-controlling dependency issues.

Third-place winner, Academy Roofing, Aurora, Colo., will receive $2,500 for its work with the Rose Andom Center, which assists victims of domestic violence.

The awards were presented March 2 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

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.

Houzz Article Advises Homeowners on the Basics in Roof System Repair

“How to Get Your Roof Fixed” published by, Feb. 21, 2017 provides a ‘beginner’s guide’ for homeowners to keep their roof systems intact and their homes dry.

The article provides detailed information on identifying the location of a roof system leak, and recommends contacting a professional roofing contractor if climbing up onto a roof is necessary, as well as to replace any lose or missing shingles.

Additional information on how homeowners should address roof system damage due to a weather event such as a hailstorm, strong winds or a tornado also is provided.

NRCA agrees with the information provided in the article.  In addition, it is important to point out that specifics matter when it comes to different types of roof systems commonly found on residences. For example, not all metal roofs are comparable. A metal roof may describe a metal shingle roof or standing-seam metal panel roof. The materials and skill levels necessary for a quality installation or repair and expected service life lengths vary greatly depending on the type of metal roof system. Homeowners should keep this in mind when hiring a roofing contractor.

It is also to a homeowner’s advantage to work with roofing contractors who are members of roofing associations such as NRCA. Roofing contractors that are association members are established businesses whose success was built on quality work and good customer service practices and they care about the professional image of the roofing industry.

In addition, homeowners should ask for references and find out other homeowners’ experiences with a prospective roofing contractor. Reputable contractors place a high value on the customer experience since a large amount of their business is obtained through referrals.

Homeowners may locate NRCA roofing contractor members by visiting

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Bruce McCrory Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

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Bruce McCrory accepts his 2017 J.A. Piper Award from 2016 recipient John Gooding

NRCA has announced Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast, LLC, is the 70th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 130th Annual Convention held March 1-3 in Las Vegas. 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.

McCrory, who served as NRCA’s chairman of the board in 2012-13, currently serves on the association’s Nominating Committee and National Roofing Council.

Prior to serving as NRCA chairman of the board, McCrory served as NRCA chairman of the

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McCrory posing with fellow J.A. Piper Award winners.

board-elect from 2011-12; vice chairman from 2006-08 and 2009-11; and director from 1998-99 and 2004-09. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Affiliate Relations, Budget and Finance, Manual Update and Technical Operations Committees as well as director of the National Roofing Service Corp.

Nations Roof, Gulf Coast also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“He embodies unfailing generosity, time and spirit not only for the roofing industry but for his community,” says fellow former NRCA Chairman of the Board and 2016 J.A. Piper Award John Gooding, chairman of the board of GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa. “He has maintained steadfast devotion to the industry.”

“A lot of us never decided to go into the roofing business, we just got there, and thank God we got there,” McCrory says. “I love you people, this business and this association.”

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

Barr Roofing’s Jim Barr Elected NRCA’s Chairman of the Board

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Jim Barr will assume his role as NRCA’s Chairman of the Board June 1, 2017

Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas, has been elected the next chairman of the board of NRCA. Barr will serve for the 2017-18 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention held March 1-3 in Las Vegas.

“Jim came into a family business and led it through a time of significant growth. He also has experience with all types of roofing and brings not only roofing knowledge but also in-depth technical expertise to his role as NRCA’s chairman of the board,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “His combination of people skills and ability to get things done with a positive attitude will make him a great leader for NRCA.”

Barr previously served as NRCA’s chairman of the board-elect from 2016-17 and NRCA vice chairman from 2012-14 and 2015-16; he also was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 2009-12 and 2014-15.

He also served as a vice chairman liaison to the Alliance Board of Trustees and the Affiliate Relations, Community Relations and Disaster Relief, Contractor Management, Membership Marketing, Roof Integrated Solar Energy, Young Contractors and NRCA Retirement Program committees.

In addition, Barr has served as a director on the National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) and as a member of the Manual Update and Technical Operations committees.

Barr will begin his one-year term as the highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the U.S. June 1, 2017.

NRCA Releases Statement Addressing President Trump’s Executive Order “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”


This statement is attributable to: Dennis Conway, Chairman of the Board, NRCA

NRCA welcomes the administration’s focus on reducing regulatory burdens on entrepreneurs, our nation’s job creators. The roofing industry has endured a wide array of regulations issued by federal agencies in recent years, and NRCA members consistently indicate regulatory reform is one of their top priorities.

The Executive Order issued on Jan. 30 requires that each federal agency to identify two existing regulations that will be cut for every new rule proposed. For the remainder of fiscal year 2017, any additional regulations issued by the federal government must be completely offset by repealing existing rules. For fiscal year 2018 and beyond, the Executive Order establishes a reformed regulatory process for newly proposed regulations. It also contains exceptions for regulations related to the military, national security or foreign affairs and those related to agency organization, management, or personnel.

The Executive Order appears to be consistent with NRCA’s long-standing support for regulatory reform that ensures regulations achieve public policy goals without imposing unreasonable burdens on businesses. We look forward to reviewing more details on how this Executive Order will be implemented, and we encourage the administration to work closely with Congress to develop sound regulatory policies in a manner consistent with American law and values.