Oklahoma Community Center Announces Invitation For Bids on Roof Replacement

The Bartlesville Community Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, announces the following invitation for bids:

Notice is hereby given that the Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority will receive sealed bids at the Managing Directors office of the Bartlesville Community Center from 2:00 p.m. on the 4thday of June 2019 until 2:00 p.m. on the 10thday of June 2019 at such time the bids will be open and publicly read.

This project shall consist of removal and disposal of the existing thermoplastic flat roof membrane and damaged underlying insulation. Supply and install new insulation and roofing membrane to including all required materials, supplies, equipment, tools, services, labor and incidental work at the Bartlesville Community Center as outlined in the bid documents. A Pre-bid sight visit is required prior to bidding and is scheduled for 2:00 pm 29thday of May 2019.

Bid Packets containing the pertinent information about the bid will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19thof May 2019 through the 3rd of June 2019 at the reception desk of the Bartlesville Community Center located at 300 SE Adams Blvd., Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Questions should be addressed to Pat Patterson, Facility Manager, Bartlesville Community Center, at (918) 337-2787.

Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelopes and marked:

Managing Director


Bartlesville Community Center 

300 SE Adams Blvd.

Bartlesville, OK 74003

Proposals shall be accompanied by a five percent (5%) bid guarantee.

The Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority reserves the right to refuse any and all bids, to wave irregularities and select the bid in the best interest of the Bartlesville Community Center.

OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics.

OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been using control circuit devices, including information about the types of circuitry and safety procedures being used; limitations of their use, to determine under what other conditions control circuit-type devices could be used safely; new risks of worker exposure to hazardous energy as a result of increased interaction with robots; and whether the agency should consider changes to the LOTO standard that would address these new risks.

The current LOTO standard, published in 1989, requires that all sources of energy be controlled during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment using an energy-isolating device. The standard specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices, but the agency recognizes recent technological advances may have improved the safety of control circuit-type devices.

Comments must be submitted on or before August 18, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. 

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

SPRI Reports Six Years of Steady Single-Ply Roofing Growth

The Single-Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) announced that the U.S. Single Ply roofing industry grew a steady 1.1 percent in 2018, as reported by SPRI’s membership. The 2018 gains follow a six-year trend of continued expansion in the commercial roofing market, according to statistics compiled by SPRI. Since 2012, the total commercial roofing market has grown in excess of 40 percent.

SPRI membership comprises 70 companies in the commercial roofing industry, including 19 commercial membrane manufacturers that participate in volume reporting. SPRI member companies report shipments for several classifications of flexible roof membranes: thermoset, thermoplastic, APP modified bitumen, and SBS modified bitumen. Regular & Associate SPRI members enjoy access to this invaluable, proprietary report tracking these key industry product shipments.

In 2018, the fastest growing segment of the market was thermoplastic roof membranes, which grew 3.8 percent.

“With the growth in single-ply membranes, SPRI’s commitment to delivering education, research and standards through its collection of commercial roofing industry experts, plays an important part in ensuring long-term sustainable growth.”said Zebonie Sukle, SPRI President,“Being a part of SPRI is being a part of helping to shape this fantastic industry.”

Regionally, year-to-year shipments decreased -0.4 percent in the Western U.S. The North Central region declined -2.8 percent. Shipments in the South grew 1.2 percent, and Northeast volume grew +9.2 percent

The single-ply roofing industry saw its largest localized growth in Vermontand West Virginia; SPRI members report shipments at both the national and state level in the United States, and Canadian volume nationally. 

Together, SPRI members develop industry standards, sponsor research, publish informative guidelines and publications for the commercial roofing industry, and continue to advance roofing technology. Technical and educational efforts have branded SPRI as a leading force in the commercial roofing market. 

For more information visit www.SPRI.org

IIBEC Executive Committee Selects New CEO

The IIBEC Executive Committee recently undertook a search for a new CEO/EVP to replace Lionel van der Walt, who is moving on to another opportunity. With the help of a staffing company, and after holding several rounds of interviews, IIBEC’s new CEO has been selected, and it is Brian T. Pallasch, CAE.

IIBEC Second Vice President Ted Sheridan said, “Brian seemed to be instantly comfortable and already immersed in IIBEC culture and values during the interviews, without appearing to really try — like a round peg in a round hole.”

IIBEC President Bob Card noted, “The EVP/CEO search included interviewing several great candidates, each of whom would have been an excellent find. However, we felt that Brian’s high level of preparedness for the interviews and his ability to quickly establish a rapport with the Selection Committee in both formal and casual settings set him apart from the others.” 

When asked for his take on the search, First Vice President Scott Hinesley said, “The EVP/CEO search resulted in the consideration of more than 80 individuals, which was pared down to six highly qualified professionals for face-to-face interviews. Each of the six candidates possessed impressive experience and credentials, and I believe any one of them would have served the Institute well. However, Brian’s mix of leadership and legislative experience stood out to me as being extremely beneficial to the continued execution of our strategic plan. Combined with his even-keeled personality and self-described ‘impatience’ for getting things done, Brian will be key in helping IIBEC build on the momentum we’ve gained in the last year and a half. I look forward to working closely with him to serve the needs of the Institute to continue to advance the interests of its members and the industry at large.”

Pallasch is currently Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Washington, D.C. He has been responsible for managing ASCE’s government relations department, including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots initiatives, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE’s strategic initiative regarding infrastructure, including development of the Infrastructure Report Card, as well as the Failure to Act economic studies.At ASCE’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In event, Pallasch prepared members to educate their legislators on the need to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch was Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Alexandria, VA, for three years, where he was responsible for all federal and state relations. He served as President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after holding a seat on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006. Pallasch also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation.

Pallasch stated, “IIBEC is a robust international organization that offers value to its members. I am honored to be leading IIBEC and look forward to working with the staff and volunteer leadership to enhance our support for building enclosure consultants. The people at IIBEC—the board, the staff and the volunteer team—are clearly dedicated to supporting IIBEC members in addressing challenges in an evolving market. Their engagement was a key draw to joining IIBEC, and I look forward to utilizing my expertise with their success to date in leading the next growth phase. I am eager to build coalitions with other architectural, engineering, and construction associations to propel IIBEC forward.”

Pallasch holds a master of arts degree in international affairs from the American University, and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and international affairs from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two children.

Pallasch begins his duties with IIBEC on June 10.

For more information, visit www.iibec.org

NRCA Comments on President’s Immigration Plan

Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), issued the following statement with respect to President Trump’s remarks on a new administration immigration proposal Thursday, May 16:

“NRCA welcomes President Trump’s effort to put forward a new plan to reform our badly outdated immigration system,” Ribble said. “We agree the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy and that moving toward a merit-based system makes sense given the demands of our economy.

“Although the new plan moves in the right direction and we look forward to seeing more details, the proposal apparently only deals with the high-tech sector of the economy and individuals with advanced degrees. It is imperative our immigration system recognizes the need for legal immigration to address the chronic workforce shortages in the roofing industry, which are reaching crisis proportions and severely limiting economic growth,” Ribble noted. “Our immigration system must recognize the value of critical skills needed to work in industries such as roofing as embodied in the bipartisan Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740).”

“Additionally, we need to provide immediate relief to qualifying individuals working legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS); failing to do so will only further destabilize our workforce,” Ribble concluded. “NRCA looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to move forward on a bipartisan basis with immigration reform that fully addresses our security and economic needs.”

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Asphalt Roofing Facilities Across North America Earn Workplace Safety Awards

More than 50 asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities have been recognized for workplace safety by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA). ARMA’s annual Accident Prevention Contest honors individual roofing manufacturing facilities across North America for their low incident rates among workers.

The winners of the 2018 Accident Prevention Contest were selected based on their exemplary quarterly safety data reports from this past calendar year. The facilities were judged on the number of hours completed and an ARMA INDEX derived from the criteria and standards set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“ARMA and its member companies are committed to providing a safe work environment across the industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Year after year, asphalt roofing manufacturers continue to demonstrate the high quality and safety of their work environments.”

ARMA’s Accident Prevention Contest is open to all manufacturer members. They can submit data from their entire company, a specific division, or an individual plant or mill in North America. The winners are honored in four different categories: the President’s Award, the Award of Excellence, the Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and the Certificate of Improvement.

President’s Award: Presented to the plant in each contest category that has the lowest combined ARMA INDEX over a two-year period.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL 

Award of Excellence: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for three consecutive years and are not President’s Award winners.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR

Perfect Safety Award: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for the reporting year and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corporation, Milan, OH
  • GAF, Myerstown, PA
  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • Atlas Roofing Corporation, Hampton, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Fremont, CA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Jonesburg, MO
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • GAF, Tampa, FL
  • Owens Corning, Atlanta, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Peachtree City, GA
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • Johns Manville, Macon, GA
  • Owens Corning, Brookville, IN
  • Owens Corning, Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning, Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • GAF, Shafter, CA
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Jacksonville, FL
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL
  • Siplast, Arkadelphia, AR
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Gulfport, MS
  • TAMKO Building Products, Ennis, TX

For more information visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

NRCA Partners with SkillsUSA, Becomes Official Business Partner

The National Roofing Contractors Association has partnered with SkillsUSA and now is a SkillsUSA Official Business Partner.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in U.S. classrooms.

“NRCA looks forward to engaging with SkillsUSA and expanding NRCA’s outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to establish roofing as a core curriculum in schools and help NRCA members address workforce shortages,” says Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA chairman of the board-elect.

NRCA will attend the annual National Leadership & Skills Conference the week of June 24 in Louisville, Ky., and participate in the Meet the Employer event June 28. It also will serve as a co-sponsor of SkillsUSA’s State Directors Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12-17.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

MBMA Celebrates 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce that five industry leaders with MBMA ties have been introduced as part of the 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class. Charles “Chuck” Praeger, retired assistant general manager for MBMA, has been inducted as a Friend of the Industry. Jack Sturdivant of Whirlwind Steel, Robert Carr, formerly of Robertson CECO/NCI, Bill Lowery of All Weather Insulated Panels and Dale Nelson of Roof Hugger, LLC have also been introduced as Hall of Fame members in the Manufacturer/Supplier category.

“The Metal Building Manufacturers Association would like to congratulate all of the members of this year’s Hall of Fame class. We are particularly proud of those with MBMA ties, including one of my predecessors, Chuck Praeger. Chuck worked in the industry for 47 years and led our association for 19 years until his retirement in 2014,” notes Tony Bouquot, current MBMA general manager. “His leadership was instrumental in shaping the industry and bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, code officials and the design community to help lead us to where we are today.”

“Chuck was vital in instituting the AC 472 accreditation program for metal building manufacturers,” adds W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE, director of research and engineering for MBMA and Thomas Associates and a member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, class of 2017. “This transformative program elevated metal building manufacturers by creating a standard of excellence that recognizes accredited manufacturers. His work for the industry will be long remembered.”

As day-to-day manager of MBMA for 19 years, Chuck Praeger spent countless hours working with committees comprised of the industry’s biggest leaders, who also happened to be direct competitors. He helped these leaders work together for the greater good of the entire industry through cooperative educational, research and promotional programs, cultivating a spirit of innovation and building a sense of community throughout the MBMA membership. In addition to the AC 472 accreditation program, Chuck helped MBMA institute a thriving Associate member program, which now numbers over 70 participants. He also was responsible for creating MBMA’s Energy Committee and the Sustainability Committee. Other work includes: writing dozens of articles promoting the metal building systems industry across a variety of publications and websites; serving as chairman of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition; planning and executing seminars for code and standards awareness; instituting a manufacturer and supplier safety program for MBMA members; overseeing joint university and association research projects; and developing strategic planning exercises that have helped to shape the industry. Combined, all of these efforts helped to bring metal buildings into the 21st century and broadened market share growth and acceptance of the industry.

Jack Sturdivant is CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Whirlwind Steel, located in Houston, TX. Upon the death of his father in 1972, Jack took over as president and CEO and led the company for 40 years. He retired from his role as president in 2012, when his son Ty Sturdivant took the reins.

Robert Carr is a longtime metal building industry leader. He was vice president of technical services for NCI Building Systems, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX, from 2006 through 2017. Prior to that he worked for Robertson CECO II Corporation of Oklahoma City, OK, from 1992 until 2002 as vice president of technical services/CIO and director of engineering systems development.

Bill Lowery is president of All Weather Insulated Panels, located in Vacaville, CA. Bill founded the company in 2004 to meet the challenges of today’s stringent environmental and structural building regulations. Before that, he served as president for API, a national manufacturer of composite insulated panels.

Dale Nelson is a co-founder and president of Roof Hugger, LLC, headquartered in Lutz, FL. Dale helped found the company in 1991 and he has led Roof Hugger, an innovator in metal roofing retrofit solutions, since then.

For more information, visit www.mbma.com.

Trent Cotney Named General Counsel to National Slate Association

Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named General Counsel of the National Slate Association (NSA). As General Counsel, Cotney will provide legal assistance to the association’s board of directors with regard to the organizational structure, bylaws, operations, and governance policies.

The National Slate Association is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence through the development and dissemination of technical information, standards, and educational resources for the slate industry. “Working with NSA is a great opportunity for our firm to collaborate with a group of individuals who are dedicated to improving and promoting their work,” said Trent Cotney.

Cotney’s practice area encompass both commercial and construction litigation in addition to various transactional matters. Specifically, Trent works on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, lien law, bond law, building code violation defense, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, bid protest litigation, employment claim defense and contractor licensing defense.

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.