The 2019 IRE Contributes to Nashville with 10th Annual Community Service Day

Roofing professionals participating in the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are given the opportunity to give back to the Nashville community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project. 

The 10thAnnual Community Service Day will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers and sponsors will work together to help rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation. This year the group will also perform work on a local Boys and Girls Club. 

“We are going into our 10thyear of the Community Service Day and I can definitely say that this is my favorite part of my job. I love giving back to others and it’s clear that the Roofing Industry feels the same way. I am proud to be part of this industry. Our homeowners are always so grateful for the assistance they receive. We are very thankful for our supporters who make this day possible” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers, made up of construction professionals, perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring, and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers help with set up, cleanup, and other miscellaneous projects. The International Roofing Expo is partnering with Rebuilding Together Nashville, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities.

Community Service Day is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Sika Sarnafil has been the primary sponsor for ten years. 

Additional sponsors include:

  • Safety Equipment: Carlisle Construction Materials
  • Breakfast: ICP Building Solutions Group 
  • Lunch: OMG Roofing Products
  • Shuttle: Damato Enterprises 
  • Roofing Labor and Material: Don Kennedy Roofing Co.
  • Tool Sponsor: Centimark 

Participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. 

The 2019 International Roofing Expo will be held February 11-13, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies looking to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition Finalists. Celebrating its fifth competition, finalist teams will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

This year’s competition has been the largest to date with 11 teams from distinguished universities across the nation competing for 5 finalist positions. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates plus an alternate who are enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  

The finalist schools who will be competing in Nashville are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with team members Jordan Edwards (team captain), Gettys Moore, Nathan Sloan, Jacob Oswalt, Luke Dyson and Faculty Advisor Lauren Redden
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado with Mahoney Bajwa (team captain), Brenden Phelan, Dan Schouten, Code Ade and Faculty Advisor Nick Rubino
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Drew Bennett (team captain), Taylor Sperry, Caleb Burks, Ramon Joseph, Will Dugan and Faculty Advisor Robert Benton
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota with Shola George (team captain), Chase Olson, Hunter Morsching, Hunter Campbell, Jon Harrington and Faculty Advisor Brian Wasserman
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida with Sam Mitchell (team captain), Rob Rogers, Alex Idriss, Camille Rimmer, Tony Centro and Faculty Advisor Jim Sullivan

The judges for this year’s competition are:

  • Chris Baxter, Vice President and senior estimator for Rackley Roofing co., Inc., Carthage, Tenn.
  • John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer for Nations Roof, St. Charles, Ill.
  • Helene Hardy-Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.
  • Scott Kawulok, Vice President, B & M Roofing, Frederick, Colo.
  • Bob Pringle, Vice President, Evans Roofing Company Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • James Williams, Project Manager with Crain Construction, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Scott Wilson, Manufacturer Representative for Carlisle with Apex Group, Nashville, Tenn.

“This has been a unique and encouraging experience, for one who has had a full career in estimating and project management in this industry,” said judge Chris Baxter, V.P., Rackley Roofing Co., Inc.  “Hopefully, some of these young people are going to find their own career paths in roofing.  Some of them are going to do very well.”

John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer, Nations Roof shares, “I have been so impressed by the poise, knowledge and understanding that these outstanding young women and men have demonstrated in the competition.  In a relatively short period of time they have grasped the challenges we have created for them and come up with sound, feasible solutions for real life scenarios.

The roofing industry is in good hands with the next generation of leaders that are coming out of universities today.  I trust that they will be well rewarded for their efforts and help us all to reach higher levels of accomplishments in quality, safety and productivity.” 

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges reviewed the written proposals, submitted December 10, and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. 

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th. The five finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.  

The oral presentations will be broadcast live via Facebook Live on the Roofing Alliance Facebook page.  The Roofing Alliance is encouraging attendees of the International Roofing Expo® to attend the competition and for those who cannot attend to watch via Facebook.  

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance Announces Largest Student Competition for Roofing to Date

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its fifth competition, students will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year’s competition will be the largest to date featuring a total of 12 teams from distinguished universities across the nation. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  Bennett Judson, executive director of the Roofing Alliance, is excited to see the growing interest from universities that the competition continues to draw. “This is the largest number of schools we’ve had participate,” she said. “And, we have a total of six new teams joining us this year.”

The new schools joining the competition are:

  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University, Building Construction Science, Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Corvallis, Oregon
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Construction Management, Monroe, Louisiana

They will be joining the following returning schools:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge
  • Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Construction Management, Cincinnati
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, Gainesville, Florida

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges will review the written proposals, submitted December 10, and select four teams as finalists for the competition. The Roofing Alliance will announce the finalists in January 2019.

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th.  The four finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.

Kyle Thomas, co-chair of the Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, sees this event as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation.  “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have very limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry.  But even for those who go the more traditional route and choose to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

Hannah Redifer, a recent graduate from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama who is now employed in the construction industry, participated in last year’s competition where her team won along with Redifer receiving the Best Individual Presenter Award. Her experience exposed her to the inner workings of the roofing industry, presented her with many networking opportunities and made a positive impact in her new career.

“I definitely left the competition and expo with a huge sense of respect for the roofing industry,” stated Redifer.  “It is a tough job and the industry’s ability to complete these jobs while keeping people safe and happy is really amazing.”

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

IRE and R&D

The conventional wisdom is that when the overall economy is strong, manufacturers feel more comfortable investing their resources in research and development of new products. I don’t have hard numbers to back that assertion up, but in my experience, at least anecdotally, it seems to be borne out. During the Great Recession years of the last decade, the number of new products coming to market seemed to decline. If the array of new products I saw at this year’s International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans is any indication, we could be in for a banner year.

The IRE makes it easy to keep tabs on new developments with its New Product Pavilion. The depth and breadth of offerings in that area was impressive, but I saw products being unveiled all over the show floor. Time will tell if they will turn out be a flash in the pan, a category-changing development, or something in between — but for the Roofing team, it was a very interesting show to cover, as there were a lot of excited responses when we asked, “What’s new?”

Innovative products on display included a pre-weathered fastener from Lakeside Construction Fasteners that matches aged Corten panels, so installation and repairs don’t leave bright silver dots on the rust-colored surface.

Carlisle showcased its Rapid Lock Technology, which uses a Velcro attachment system to secure the company’s EPDM and TPO membranes without using a bonding adhesive, doing away with temperature restrictions.

OMG Roofing Products unveiled its RhinoBond Hand Welder, which can be used to install the company’s induction welding fastening system in hard-to-reach areas, such as spaces below signs, pipes and rooftop equipment.

Georgia-Pacific showed off enhancements to DensDeck Prime that make the cover boards more resistant to water and increase their vertical pull strength.

Roof Sentry announced the launch of a solar-powered roof vent that provides moisture detection and data monitoring services. It can also remove moisture from low-slope roof systems.

On the residential side, new developments included GAF’s shingles with StainGuard Plus, which uses copper granules with time-release technology to fight algae growth.

Tie Down Engineering offered the Ergo Stripper, an ergonomically designed tool for removing shingles that improves leverage and eases strain on the back.

The Roof Umbrella rooftop canopy system is designed to be installed in less than 30 minutes on jobsites to prevent weather delays. It can be customized with the contractor’s logo.

These are just a few of the items that caught our eye at the IRE. We will be showcasing them in this issue and future issues of the magazine as part of our editorial mission to keep readers up to date on new products hitting the market. If you saw a new product you’d like us to be aware of, just email me at chris@roofingmagazine.com.

Attendance, Square Footage Figures Document Banner Year for 2018 IRE

The International Roofing Expo (IRE), sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), was held February 6-8, 2018, and the business-to-business expo and conference connected manufacturers and suppliers of roofing products, services, and technologies, with roofing contractors from across the United States and the globe. According to Informa Exhibitions, the 2018 IRE spanned 137,480 net square feet, the largest in the show’s history, and attracted 10,076 roofing professionals from 62 countries. There were 467 companies that exhibited at the event.

“The passion in the industry, our media partners, and show sponsor, the NRCA, really make the IRE a remarkable show,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Show Director. “It’s a truly collaborative industry and event, giving buyers the opportunity to see new innovations while taking part in a powerful educational program.”

“It was an incredibly successful week in New Orleans, and NRCA couldn’t be prouder to collaborate with such a wonderful group from Informa to produce such a compelling, informative and thriving convention and trade show,” noted Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Roofing contractors are enthusiastic and optimistic about the upcoming 2018 roofing season, and it showed by their attendance at this year’s International Roofing Expo.”

At the forefront of the exposition is a conference program developed with insight from an Advisory Panel comprised of exhibitors, attendees, media, and other thought-leaders. The program goes beyond the technical skills contractors need by also including marketing and sales training that are necessary for their businesses. Legal, HR, and recruitment, a hot topic in the industry, were also recurring themes through the three days of education. “This year’s conference program was the most well-attended in the event’s history,” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager. “In comparison to last year, we saw a 7 percent increase.”

Complementing the show’s core conference program, IRE also hosted The Roofing Institute, sponsored by Johns Manville, and the GAF Education Center. Both included technical and business-related topics. Equipter, OMG Roofing Products, and Soprema offered product clinics on the show floor.

The National Women in Roofing (NWIR) held a full day of education, mentorship, and networking on February 4. The NWIR is a platform, through its membership and councils, for women and men, new and established, to find ongoing success working together in the roofing industry. The NWIR held a reception the following day.

Also prior to the show, the IRE worked with more than 65 attendees and sponsors to give back through their annual Community Service Day, held February 5. They adopted and repaired three homes for families unable to do so themselves.
The 2019 IRE will be held February 11-13 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendee registration will open in the fall. Those looking to exhibit can contact sales@theroofingexpo.com.

Four Finalist Teams Selected to Compete in The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it will host four finalist teams to compete in the final part of its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

The four teams presenting in New Orleans are Auburn University — McWhorter School of Building Sciences, Auburn, Ala; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

The finalists were chosen from seven teams from undergraduate universities across the U.S. who submitted written proposals to competition judges, and will give their oral presentation to a panel of judges in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 8:00 to 10:30 am at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. 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 must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin.

The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7. The first-place team will receive a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual awards.

The second-place team will receive a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards.

The Best Individual Student Presenter will be selected from any of the finalist teams and will receive an iPad.

All winners will receive recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, among other promotions.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

NRCA Announces June 4-10 is National Roofing Week

The roof is an important component of every structure, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls to disrepair. To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 4-10.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing a roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and “Professional Roofing” magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and roofing projects with NRCA.

“Professional roofing contractors play a role in every community, and National Roofing Week provides the roofing industry the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the work we do,” says NRCA Chairman of the Board Dennis Conway. “I look forward to sharing the roofing industry’s stories of professional excellence and charitable giving during National Roofing Week.”

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what a roof does by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2017 Children’s Art Contest sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply and the International Roofing Expo (IRE). The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 14.

International Roofing Expo Is Seeking Presentation Proposals

The 2018 International Roofing Expo [IRE] is seeking researchers, educators, consultants, technical experts and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program.
 
Taking place Feb. 6-8, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the educational program conference presents trends in the roofing industry designed to help attendees increase their bottom line and expand their technical knowledge. 
 
Seeking expert speakers with proven presentation skills and in-depth knowledge, sessions are 90 minutes in length and should contain information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.  
 
“We are looking for presentations across a variety of roofing topics to fill the three-day program,” says Brandi McElhaney, senior conference manager. “We encourage industry experts to submit a proposal that offers material on relevant topics and issues facing roofing professionals today.”
 
Topic submissions should focus on applications-oriented, real world, problem-solving topics and be free of promotional materials to sell a product or service. 
 
The multi-track educational program includes technical and workplace safety classes, as well as business-related sessions including leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.  
 
The primary audience of the educational conference program includes commercial and residential roofing contractors, architects, designers, consultants, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, suppliers, owners, CEOs, general managers, sales professionals, estimators, superintendents and foremen. 
 
“The IRE is an opportunity for experts from the roofing industry to share their knowledge of roofing industry trends with fellow roofing professionals,” says Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “NRCA members and other roofing industry experts are urged to take advantage of this opportunity and submit their proposals as soon as possible.”
 
The deadline for submitting Call for Presentations proposals is April 3, 2017. Session proposals should be submitted via the automated submission form. Questions should be directed to Brandi McElhaney, senior conference manager, at Brandi.McElhaney@informa.com or (972) 536-6392.
 

IRE Seeks Volunteers for Community Service Day

The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) is seeking volunteers for Community Service Day, a home renovation and revitalization project being held Feb. 28 in Las Vegas. IRE will partner with Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada and NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee to host the event.

Sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Sarnafil Inc., Community Service Day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will involve renovating homes of families that include elderly individuals, disabled individuals or individuals who are financially unable to support the renovation.

Skilled volunteers are needed from various construction disciplines to help with the renovations, which include roofing, painting and flooring. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and will be asked to sign a waiver of liability form.

Attendees and exhibitors will be able to register for this event and/or make a monetary donation when they register to attend IRE. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks.

The 2017 IRE will be held March 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information or to register, visit here or call (972)536-6415 or (800)684-5761.

2017 International Roofing Expo Announces Call for Presentations and Proposals

The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) is seeking researchers, educators, consultants, technical experts and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program.

Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the educational program conference presents the latest trends in the roofing industry designed to help attendees increase their bottom line and expand their technical knowledge.

Seeking expert speakers with proven, dynamic presentation skills and in-depth knowledge, sessions are 90 minutes in length and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.

“We are seeking innovative industry experts who are highly experienced in the most relevant topics and issues facing roofing professionals today,” says Brandi McElhaney, senior Conference Manager. “We encourage professionals who can offer challenging, substantive and original material, to submit a proposal.”

Topic submissions should focus on applications-oriented, real world, problem-solving topics and be free of promotional materials to sell a product or service.

The multi-track educational program includes technical and workplace safety classes, as well as business-related sessions, including leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.

The primary audience of the educational conference program includes commercial and residential roofing contractors, architects, designers, consultants, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, suppliers, owners, CEOs, general managers, sales professionals, estimators, superintendents and foremen.

“The educational conference program offers industry experts the opportunity to share their knowledge with a broad range of roofing professionals,” says Bill Good, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “We encourage members, associate members and others involved with the industry to submit their proposals as soon as possible.”