A Green Roof Provides Residents of a Senior Housing Complex with an Improved View

The Findlay Teller Apartments provides affordable housing for low-income seniors in the Bronx, N.Y. The complex includes 32 one-bedroom and 131 efficiency units. Its 9,925-square-foot green roof is its most prominent green-building element and gives residents a welcomed view of green space.

Built in 1906, the dilapidated building was revitalized by three local Bronx organizations.

Built in 1906, the dilapidated building was revitalized by three local Bronx organizations.

“Many green roofs are on top of buildings where no one can see and enjoy them. The Findlay Teller green roof, particularly the sections installed on the terrace level and second-floor roofs, has many windows that look out on the [green roof sections],” says Antonio Freda, owner of Bronx-based Freda Design Associates Ltd., the architect for the apartment building’s renovation. “In fact, 90 percent of the apartments have a view of the green roof.”


Located at 1201 Findlay Avenue in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, the community landmark has a long history. The building was constructed in 1906. The Daughters of Jacob, a non-profit service organization, originally used the building as a hospital and nursery facility. It was renovated in 1920. The east and west wings were added in 1952.

Converted to subsidized senior housing under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 program in 1978, and known as Findlay Plaza, the building deteriorated over the years. By December 2007, the apartments had a lowly score of 34 out of 100 on HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. Buildings must score at least 86 for their conditions to be rated healthy and safe. Eventually, HUD foreclosed on the property.

In 2009, three local organizations, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Belmont-Arthur Avenue Local Development Corp. (BAALDC), worked together to win the support of the building’s tenants and neighborhood leaders to acquire and rehabilitate the property.

Roofing workers spread the growing media on the roof.

Roofing workers spread the growing media on the roof.

BAALDC, which strives to prevent the deterioration, blight and abandonment of at-risk housing in the Bronx, established the Findlay Teller Housing Development Fund Corp. (Findlay Teller HDFC) to take on the challenge of assembling financing and renovating the building.

“The building was in a very sad state of disrepair,” notes Joe Cicciu, executive director of BAALDC and president of Findlay Teller HDFC. “We put together $20 million in funds from many different sources, including a major grant from JPMorgan Chase, to save and rehabilitate the building.”


Notias Construction Inc., Flushing, N.Y., was the general contractor for the project. The firm managed the renovation according to Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a program of Columbia, Md.-based Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit dedicated to creating opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Required by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the criteria define standards for green-building practices applicable to affordable housing. Thus, the renovation included a new structural roof with two layers of insulation, high-efficiency boilers, replacement windows and new energy-efficient lighting. In addition to the green roof, permeable pavement in the parking area reduces stormwater runoff.


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Firestone Building Products Recognizes 189 Partner in Quality Award Winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC recognized 189 firms across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the 2014 Partner in Quality Award. The annual award honors an elite group of Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for a high level of craftsmanship and the skillset required for superior roofing installations.

Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are required to complete extensive product installation training. As a testament to their expertise, projects are backed by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Depending on the commercial roofing system, terms of the warranty can range from five years to 30 years.

To qualify, winners had to:

· Install four warranted Firestone Building Products roofs in each of the past five years.
· Maintain at least 1 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty.
· Achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.5 or less (QIR measures each contractor¹s performance based on warranty repair incidences per million square feet under warranty).

As part of the program, winners are able to participate in the Firestone Building Products Community Service Program which makes them eligible for a $1,000 annual credit to donate labor and materials for community roofing projects.

“At Firestone Building Products, we are committed to working with the best contractors in the industry to ensure the success of every Firestone roofing project,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “The Partner in Quality Award honors the expertise, skill and craftsmanship of our hard-working contractors.”

View a complete list of Partner in Quality Award Winners on Firestone Building Products’ website.

Firestone Building Products Releases Build My Roof App

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC's Build My Roof App

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC’s Build My Roof App

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has made available its Build My Roof App for iPad and Android tablet devices. The app is available as a free download from iTunes and the Google Play Store. Starting from the deck and selecting additional components, contractors, sales reps and architects can construct a virtual roof using any of the Firestone Building Products roofing systems. The Build My Roof App intuitively narrows options to only those appropriate to the selected assembly. Users can create multiple projects, save plans and add construction notes. A convenient R-Value calculator is built in, making it easier to construct a roof that meets the necessary codes.

Projects: Offices/Manufacturing

Accident Fund Holdings Inc. Headquarters, Lansing, Mich.


Roofing Contractor: Bloom Roofing, Brighton, Mich.
Construction Manager: The Christman Co., Lansing
Architect of Record: HOK, St. Louis
Construction Engineer: Ruby + Associates Inc., Farmington Hills, Mich.

Roof Materials

Accident Fund Holdings Headquarters features a white TPO roof. PHOTO: Image Michigan and The Christman Co.

Accident Fund Holdings Headquarters features a white TPO roof. PHOTO: Image Michigan and The Christman Co.

An insulated cool roof minimizes the building and surrounding area’s heat-island effect.
White TPO Roof: Firestone Building Products Co.
Polyurethane-foam Adhesive: OMG Roofing Products
Caged Roof-hatch Grab Bars: LadderPort

Roof Report

Accident Fund Holdings, the nation’s 13th largest workers’ compensation insurer and a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has been headquartered in Lansing, Mich., for more than 100 years. When it outgrew its office, the firm’s leaders were determined to stay in Lansing.

By revitalizing the iconic Ottawa Street Power Station, which was built along the Grand River in 1939 but had been mostly abandoned since 1992, the company would have 9 stories and 122,000 square feet to grow into. To support Michigan’s economy, 106 of the 118 contracts and suppliers that participated in the project were Michigan-based firms and 54 of those were Lansing-based.

To remove existing building elements, including catwalks, elevator/ stair shafts, framing and platforms, the team cut two 40-foot-long by 20-foot-wide roof hatches so a crane operator could move about 8,900 pieces of steel in and out of the building while the floors were built from the bottom up.

Since Accident Fund moved into its new headquarters, the building has won numerous awards, including the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation from the state of Michigan and an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the Washington, D.C.-based International Economic Development Council. [Read more…]

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Firestone Names 2014 Master Contractor Award Winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has announced 251 firms across the country earned the 2014 Master Contractor Award. From within the network of more than 3,000 Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors, these top firms have demonstrated excellence in the areas of installation, quality of work and customer service. Collectively, the winners installed more than 235 million square feet of warranted Firestone Building Products roofing systems on new and reroof projects in 2013.

The Master Contractor Program annually presents three distinct industry awards:

Master Contractor Award
The Master Contractor Award recognizes top Firestone Building Products licensed contractors on the basis of total square footage installed and quality points accumulated for outstanding inspection ratings on roofing installations completed in 2013 covered by the Red Shield™ Warranty, including: RubberGard EPDM, UltraPly TPO, asphalt and metal roofing systems.

Firestone Building Products also added two categories this year. The first for sustainability, which awards points for including Firestone Building Products SkyScape Vegetative Roof System, PLATINUM PV Program or SunWave Daylighting System. The second category for underlayments, which awards points when warranted projects include V-Force Vapor Barrier Membrane, CLAD-GARD Underlayment or BASEGARD SA Base Sheet.

A contractor must complete a minimum of four Red Shield warranted jobs annually. To qualify, Master Contractors also must have a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that does not exceed three times the average QIR for Red Shield Contractors. QIR is determined by the annual number of quality incidents per million square feet of roofing under warranty.

Inner Circle of Quality Award
Master Contractors are eligible for the Inner Circle of Quality Award by installing a minimum of four warranted Firestone Building Products roofing systems in each of the last five years, maintaining at least two million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty and achieving an annual QIR of 2.0 or less.

President’s Club Award
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 over the past year earn the distinguished President’s Club Award.

“At Firestone Building Products, we are dedicated to optimizing the roof and building envelope to achieve maximum facility performance. The annual Master Contractor Program recognizes top-tier firms for their high-quality workmanship and long-term roofing system performance,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality and President’s Club honorees are our best partners in the industry because of their commitment to building excellence.”

View a complete listing of Master Contractors.