Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii Holds Awards Banquet

The Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii 2016 Top Roofing Awards Banquet was held at the Honolulu Country Club, Jan. 21, 2017.

Six awards were presented in Residential and Commercial categories for Fluid Applied, Single Ply, Modified Bitumen, Metal, Tile and Shingle.

The awards banquet’s Gold Sponsors included ABC Supply, Allied Building Products, Beachside Roofing, Malarkey, Polyglass USA, and Roofline Supply and Delivery.

Pictured from left to right: Dennis Conway, chairman of NRCA’s board of directors and principal of Commercial Roofers, Las Vegas, celebrates with Scott Ai, president of the Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii and vice president of estimating for Beachside Roofing, Honolulu, and Scott’s wife, Roxanne Ai.

MCA Announces Metal Roofing Championship Game Winners

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has sponsored its 3rd annual Metal Roofing Championship Games at the Metalcon International tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. The event was sponsored by Triangle Fastener Corp., Roof Hugger LLC, D.I. Roof Seamers, S-5!, Drexel Metals Inc. and New Tech Machinery. Award sponsors were Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc., ATAS International Inc., Atlas Bolt & Screw Co., The Bradbury Group, Chicago Metal Supply and Fabrication Inc., Designandbuildwithmetal.com, Englert Inc., Modern Trade Communications Inc., Novagard Solutions, PAC-CLAD Petersen Aluminum Corp., SFS intec and Valspar.

Each day had five battles, inspired by this year’s theme ‘Battle Stars Over Baltimore’ in honor of the birthplace of our star-spangled banner. The battles were appropriately named the Triangle Fastener “Screwgun Challenge”, Roof Hugger’s “Hug-A-Roof”, New Tech Machinery/Drexel Metals’ “Install-A-SSR Roof”, D.I. Roof Seamers’ “Seam-it-Up” and the S-5! “Let-It-Snow”.

Ten teams of two contestants each pre-registered to compete during the two-day event. The contestants represented construction companies; Thomas Phoenix International of Easthampton, N.J.; DYMI Construction Inc. of Morrisville, Pa.; Hardin Construction LLC of Union Bridge, Md.; Intermountain Roof Advisors of Salt Lake City, Utah; Rosselli Roofing and Siding of Wantage, N.J.; William Molnar Roofing Inc. of Riverview, Mich.; ARCON of Vanceboro, N.C.; Mad Metal LLC of Arden, N.C.

A total of $5,800 was awarded to the battle winners this year. The top awards for each day were a grand prize and a best quality. The first winner for both the grand prize and best quality awards was Joe Allen and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International and on the second day the same was awarded to Dennis Duce and Gonzolo Tellez of Intermountain Roof Advisors. Dennis Duce states “It was an honor to be part of this event and we are looking forward to competing next year again”.

Next year, the event will be held in Las Vegas on Oct. 18-20. The MCA Roofing Games Committee plans to make this event a hallmark to the Metalcon International Tradeshow by awarding a National Metal Roofing Championship. To present this award, the overall winner of each of the two days will return on the third day of the show for a competition to compete for the title of National Metal Roofing Champion. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the event beginning in February 2017.

CNA and NRCA Seek Community Involvement Award Nominations

Chicago-based CNA and NRCA, Rosemont, Ill., are accepting nominations for the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which honors charitable works by NRCA member contractors. Nominate any chari- table project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, for a chance to win up to $7,500 for your charity.

One first-place winning company will receive $7,500 payable to its charity. One second-place winner will receive $5,000 payable to its charity, and one third-place winner will receive $2,500 payable to its charity. The awards will be presented during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Eligible projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work would qualify. Submissions should include an in-depth description of the charitable work, testimonial from the receiving charity and any supporting materials (photos, video, etc.). A panel of judges from CNA and NRCA will determine the winners and honorable mentions.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31. Learn more information about the awards program.

Enter ARMA’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study Awards Program

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is searching for the top asphalt roofing projects in North America. Roofing contractors, architects, consultants and specifiers are invited to submit commercial and residential roofing projects to the association’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study (QARC) Awards program, now and through the end of the year.

Each year a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner are chosen. These roofing professionals receive cash prizes and gain national recognition. Winners and their projects receive media coverage and are featured in top trade publications. This year, ARMA has redesigned its submission process to make it easier than ever. Simply upload photos of your project along with a description and details about why asphalt roofing materials were chosen. High-resolution photos of the completed project are strongly encouraged for submission. Both new construction and renovation projects are eligible for the program.

Submissions for the 2016 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study Awards Program are currently being accepted through Saturday, Dec. 31. Roofing professionals can submit as many projects as they want without any cost to enter.

“The QARC program helps ARMA recognize the most beautiful and innovative asphalt roofing projects being built or restored today,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “By celebrating the use of asphalt materials in these low- and steep-slope projects, we shine a light on skilled roofing contractors who demonstrate the benefits of asphalt roofing.”

For more information on the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Awards Program, visit ARMA’s website.

Firestone Building Products Announces Master Contractor Award Winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” product portfolio, announced the 263 firms that earned the 2016 Master Contractor Award. The top-tier companies were selected from a network of more than 3,000 Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for delivering exemplary installation, quality of work and customer service.

The Master Contractor Program presents three distinct industry honors annually: The Master Contractor Award, Inner Circle of Quality Award and President’s Club Award. The program’s 2016 winners collectively installed more than 309 million square feet of warranted Firestone Building Products roofing systems on new and reroof projects during 2015.

“Our annual Firestone Building Products Master Contractor Program recognizes top-tier firms for their commitment to excellence and superior workmanship,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “Ultimately, the winners’ attention to detail during all installation phases helps ensure long-term roofing system performance. Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality and President’s Club award winners represent our best partners in the industry. We are proud of all they have accomplished and look forward to continuing to see them achieve.”

The program’s 2016 award categories and parameters include:

  • Master Contractor
    Master Contractor Award recipients were selected based on the total square footage installed and quality points accumulated for outstanding inspection ratings on systems covered by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Those include: RubberGard EPDM, UltraPly TPO, asphalt and metal roofing systems.

    Master Contractors were also eligible to earn points in the sustainability category. The program recognizes Firestone Building Products’ SkyScape Vegetative Roof System and SunWave Daylighting System.

    To meet the 2016 award requirements, a contractor had to complete a minimum of eight Red Shield warranted jobs during the 2015 calendar year, be in good financial standing with Firestone Building Products, and have a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that did not exceed three times the average QIR for Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors. QIR is determined by the annual number of quality incidents per million square feet of roofing under warranty.

  • Inner Circle of Quality
    Master Contractors were eligible for the Inner Circle of Quality Award by installing a minimum of eight warranted Firestone Building Products roofing systems each in 2014 and 2015; and four roofs per year for each of the prior three years. They were also required to maintain at least 2 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty and achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.0 or less.

  • President’s Club
    Master Contractors who have accrued the highest number of quality points for superior inspection ratings and total square footage of Firestone Building Products Red Shield warranted roofing system installations completed during the past year earned the distinguished President’s Club Award.

RCMA Bestows Award, Elects Board Members

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C., hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2016 Annual Meeting, Feb. 15-16, in Orlando, Fla.

During the event, the association named Greg Johnson of The Sherwin-Williams Co. the recipient of the 2015 RCMA Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by RCMA and is presented annually to an individual, selected by his or her fellow RCMA members, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry.

Johnson has been an active and integral member of RCMA since 2008 and currently serves as chairman of the RCMA Government Affairs Committee. “Very well-deserved honoree,” comments John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “Greg has faithfully been involved with the RCMA Government Affairs Committee. He is passionate about key advocacy issues and is a tremendous asset to the industry.”

Also during the annual meeting, new officers were elected to the RCMA board of directors for 2016. The following officers were ratified by the membership to serve two-year terms:

  • President: John Stubblefield, Polyglass USA
  • Vice President: Jonathan Dietzel, SWT Group
  • Vice President: Greg Hlavaty, Western Colloid
  • Secretary: Ed Buczek, Henry Co.
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Borns, KST Coatings

GAF Honored with 12 American Inhouse Design Awards

GAF has been honored with 12 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA magazine. For more than 50 years, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions to spotlight areas of excellence for creative professionals. The American Inhouse Design Awards is considered to be the premier showcase for outstanding work by in-house designers.

The GAF team won awards for work on categories, including Advertising, Announcements and Invitations, Brochures + Collateral, Corporate Identity Programs, Multimedia + Interactive, Packaging, and Logos + Symbols. The competition included almost 10,000 entries from corporations, publishing houses, nonprofits, universities, and government agencies, and only 15 percent were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

“It is an honor to be awarded recognition from such a prestigious competition in not just one, but a variety of categories across the marketing spectrum,” states Ted Marcopolus, vice president of marketing services at GAF. “I am proud that our Creative Design Services team continues to meet the challenges of new media, remaining focused on creating innovative and exceptional concepts to advance the GAF brand in support of our valued customers.”

Submissions for NACIA Awards Are Being Accepted Through January

Submissions for the 2016 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program are being accepted through the end of January. The Copper Development Association (CDA), in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), is looking for the most innovative projects across the U.S. and Canada that are designed with copper and copper alloys. Project categories include Restoration, New Construction and Ornamental Applications.

For more information about the NACIA awards program, or to submit a project visit the Call for Entries page. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

Over the years, award-winning copper projects have come in the form of new and restored museums, educational facilities, libraries, firehouses, high-end residential single-family homes and places of worship.

Those recognized in the 2015 awards program included:

  • The New School University Center – a 16-story university building located on 5th Avenue in New York City cladded with 7,500 metal panels, each custom finished to age in a distinguished way and to grow darker brown over time.
  • A Private Residence – an 8,200-square-foot private residence with a copper roof built on a bluff in Lookout Mountain, with its sweeping view of the Chattanooga, Tenn., river valley.
  • The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas – When the City of Irving lost its bid to build a new, modern stadium for the Dallas Cowboys, the Irving Convention Center was introduced as a re-imagined 100,000-square-feet entertainment palace covered in 150 tons of milled, perforated copper panels.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Accepting Nominations for MVP Award Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2015-16 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 16th 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. 20, 2015.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA‘s 129th Annual Convention in Orlando; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2016 International Roofing Expo; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry 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.

Visit the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Most Valuable Player Awards Web page for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at 800-323-9545, ext. 7513. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attn: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

MBMA and the American Iron and Steel Institute Provide Faculty Fellowships

In a groundbreaking educational initiative, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is providing faculty fellowships in cooperation with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). These awards will expedite development of a model program that partners the metal building industry with undergraduate engineering and architectural faculty and students. The fellowships will assist each selected faculty in developing a senior design class, referred to as a capstone course, with the focus on a metal building project.

Grant recipients are:

  • Dr. Justin Marshall – Auburn University
  • Dr. Ron Ziemian – Bucknell University
  • Dr. Mehdi Jalalpour – Cleveland State University
  • Dr. Michael Seek – Old Dominion University
  • Dr. John Cleary – University of South Alabama
  • Prof. Marci S. Uihlein – University of Illinois School of Architecture

“Even though metal buildings account for approximately half of all nonresidential low-rise construction in the U.S., most engineering/architecture students are not introduced to this form of construction as part of their formal education,” says W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., MBMA’s director of research and engineering. “Our intent is to introduce metal building design and construction practices into the curriculum and foster an industry/academic partnership that provides real world experience for undergraduates.”

“This initiative has the ability to change our industry,” says MBMA Chairman, Tom Gilligan. “The more we educate future engineers, architects, contractors and planners, the more they will recognize the beneficial attributes of metal building systems techniques. As we train the next generation of designers, we can expect the industry to achieve even greater acceptance and market share.”

“MBMA will give the faculty who were awarded the fellowships the latitude to develop a program that works best considering their needs and resources,” says Shoemaker. “However, we are also interested in making the design experience as realistic as possible for the students. We would like this capstone to be more similar to a student’s first job, rather than their last college course.”

With regard to the engineering curriculum, Shoemaker stresses that appropriate standards and multiple realistic constraints within the capstone should prepare students for engineering practice in accordance with the expectations of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). “MBMA would like the model programs to address as many of the ABET Student Outcomes as possible,” he says.

ABET outcomes are:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The selected university faculty will carry out the development of a capstone course at each of their schools in 2015-16, then make adjustments and improvements to the program based on their experiences. The final product will be a model capstone course program that is a combination of the best ideas created by the grant recipients. The final program will be made available to colleges and universities nationwide in 2017.