Friday, April 29, 2016

Korellis Roofing lauded for Chinatown library green roof

A Hammond-based roofing company recently picked up a slew of awards, including for a green roof it installed on the new library in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The National Roofing Contractors Association gave Korellis Roofing Inc. its Gold Circle Award in the “Outstanding Workmanship” category for its work on the circular two-story library’s roof, which is covered with native grasses. Commercial roofing and waterproofing systems manufacturer Sarnafil additionally named the Chicago Public Library's green roof its Project of the Year.

Korellis Roofing, one of the largest roofing contractors in Northwest Indiana, installed the roof last year on the glassy, $19.1 million library branch on Chicago’s near south side.



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Seven key input prices rose in March on a monthly basis:

1.      Crude petroleum prices expanded 40.7 percent from February 2016, but are down 26 percent from March 2015.
2.      Unprocessed energy material prices were up 6.1 percent on a monthly basis, but fell 24.1 percent on a year ago basis.
3.      Prices for steel mill products increased 0.4 percent on a monthly basis, but are down 15.8 percent on a yearly basis.
4.      Nonferrous wire and cable prices expanded 2.2 percent on a monthly basis, but fell 5.9 percent on a yearly basis.
5.      Iron and steel prices rose 1.6 percent month-over-month, but have declined 14.7 percent year-over-year.
6.      Softwood lumber prices were up 2.8 percent for the month, but have fallen 1.6 percent from the same time last year.
7.      Concrete product prices edged up 0.8 percent month-over-month and are up 3 percent year-over-year.

Four key input prices declined on a monthly basis:

1.      Prices for prepared asphalt, tar, roofing and siding products fell by 1.1 percent from February 2016 and are down 1.3 percent from March 2015.
2.      Natural gas prices were down 22.2 percent for the month and are down 40.2 percent from the same period one year ago.
3.      Fabricated structural metal prices products declined 0.1 percent month-over-month and are down 2.4 percent year-over-year.
4.      Prices for plumbing fixtures and fittings fell 0.3 percent for the month but are up 0.1 percent from the same time last year.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sloped House Features Planted Roof, 'Upside-Down' Interiors

We've seen houses built into grassy slopes, but this residence in Belgium, designed by local firm OYO Architecture, is the grassy slope. Dubbed the "House Pibo," the geometric, partially submerged dwelling—which is, unexpectedly, wrapped in a rubber roofing material—features a planted roof that angles up and away from the street, rising two stories.
Inside, spaces occupy a series of terraces and mezzanines, with common areas—like a sitting room and open-plan kitchen and dining room—arranged so that they are closest to the street (and natural light), with a warren of more private bedrooms and baths downstairs, or, as Designboom reports, "half a floor below ground level." The interiors feature a natural material palette, too: wood flooring abounds, as do whitewashed walls that help keep things feeling bright and airy.




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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

INSIDE THE NFL’S MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY AND ARCHITECTURALLY ADVANCED STADIUM

In early March, the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium, named in honor of legendary head coach U.S. Bank, is a dusty bowl of activity. The field where Teddy Bridgewater will try to lead the team back to the playoffs is covered in dirt. The concourses where fans will impatiently wait for beer are barren. The 66,200 purple seats where those same fans will plant their warm, dry asses—not to be taken for granted at a Midwest football game—are covered in giant sheets of plastic. This $1.1 billion behemoth is only four months away from its grand opening and there’s a lot of work to do.

But on this uncharacteristically balmy late-winter day, it’s still got a ways to go. The stadium is an active construction site, which is why the writers touring it are playing dress up with protective glasses, yellow vests and hard hats. The headgear is shiny and purple with a Viking horn on either side, a stark contrast from the union stickers and deep scratches on the hats of the men and women working here. Even with the work left, about 10 perfect we’re told, the team is ready to show it off. And it should be; this place is an impressive sight—especially if you know where to look.



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Monday, April 25, 2016

Beazer Homes owners say roofs can't stand up to strong wind

Homeowners in Whitestown and Hendricks County say their builder didn't install roofs that could stand up to strong wind gusts.

Both the Enclave at Winton Meadows and Walker Farms in Avon are Beazer Homes communities, and both sustained roof damage during Saturday's wind storm.
But owners in both neighborhoods say it doesn't take a powerful storm to see shingles torn from roofs.
At Kevin Bluitt's home in Avon, the roof of his 2-year-old home sustained damage over the weekend.
"We're constantly dealing with roofing issues," Bluitt said. "I think it's a combination of poor construction of the roof and also the actual product.
Both neighborhoods are located in what roofing contractors call "wind tunnels:" wide-open spaces with no wind breaks. For that reason, most say higher-quality shingles should have been used on homes.
"We don't install these shingles out here that we replace from insurance," said Arrow Construction's Keith Hensley. "We upgrade to a better shingle, because if you're going to warrant it, you have to put something better on there. We know that if we install these, they're going to blow off in a year or two and you'll keep going back out."

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Friday, April 22, 2016

GAF wraps up $1.14B deal for Danish roofing products manufacturer

GAF, a Parsippany-based roofing manufacturer, has closed on its acquisition of a Danish maker of high-end roofing and waterproofing products for approximately $1.14 billion, it announced Monday.
GAF said in a news release that it has acquired Icopal from Investcorp Ltd. for approximately 1 billion euros.
The acquisition will allow for GAF to grow its roofing business “on both sides of the Atlantic,” the release said.
Jim Schnepper, executive vice president of sales at GAF, will become CEO and president of Icopal, GAF’s European operating division. Tom Anderson, senior vice president of planning and supply chain management at GAL, will become chief operating officer.
 “GAF and Icopal are an excellent cultural fit, given our shared focus on manufacturing excellence, strong customer service, and innovation,” Bob Tafaro, CEO and president of GAF. “Icopal and its leading roofing and waterproofing brands have a bright future within the GAF family, and we look forward to working together to create world-class value for all of our customers.”
The combined company will have 6,500 employees and approximately $4 billion in sales in 80 countries, GAF said.

Moelis & Company served as the financial adviser for Standard Industries, the parent company of GAF, and Sullivan & Cromwell served as legal adviser.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Food bank’s solar array to save $2M over 25 years

Roadrunner Food Bank is turning sunshine into electricity and saved electricity costs into food.

A project underway to install a new roof and solar array atop Roadrunner’s enormous warehouse near Singer and Office NE is ultimately expected to result in $2 million in electrical savings over the minimum 25-year life expectancy of the system.

That savings translate to 10 million additional meals for hungry people in communities around New Mexico, said Roadrunner spokeswoman Sonya Warwick. The project is being made possible by grants, as well as significant discounts from National Roofing Co. and Affordable Solar Installation, both based in Albuquerque.

Food bank facts
Roadrunner Food Bank is the largest food bank in New Mexico. Its mission is to feed the hungry, seed partnerships and ultimately end hunger in New Mexico.
• It distributes food to 70,000 people a week through its network of 400 hunger-relief partners.
• Last year, it distributed 30 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 25 million meals.
• Food bank drivers travel 500,000 miles each year to deliver food to urban and rural communities throughout the state.
• It relies on about 12,000 volunteers who provide 55,000 service hours during the year to help prep food for distribution. The food bank’s yearly budget is $8 million. To make a donation of money or food, or volunteer time, call 349-8909 or go online to www.rrfb.org.


“The original tar and gravel roof from when the building was constructed in the early 1980s has been leaking pretty much the entire time since we moved into it in 2009,” Warwick said. “Any time it rained or when there was snow melt, water would come into the warehouse, potentially putting food at risk.”

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ABC Applauds Appeals Court Decision in CityCenterDC Davis-Bacon Case

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) applauded a decision to stop an unprecedented expansion of the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act onto a private construction project that was issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. ABC filed an amicus brief in the case arguing against forcing contractors to pay inaccurate government-determined wage and benefits rates on the CityCenterDC project in Washington, D.C.

“The decision is expected to save the District an estimated $20 million in costs that would have been incurred had the court ruled the project was subject to the archaic Davis-Bacon Act,” said ABC Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck. “More importantly, the court’s rejection of the Obama administration’s increasingly overreaching Department of Labor will benefit the public, developers and construction industry by reinforcing the 85-year precedent that privately-funded projects, including projects developed via non-traditional arrangements on land owned by municipalities, are not subject to Davis-Bacon wages.”

On April 5, Judge Brett Kavanaugh affirmed judgment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s 2014 decision in District of Columbia v. Department of Labor.  The lower court granted summary judgment to the District of Columbia and private developer CCDC Office LLC.  In that decision, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act can be expanded to include privately funded and constructed projects such as CityCenterDC.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ABC Is Still Winning the Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Federal Contracting



In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis. Many merit shop advocates of fair and open competition predicted it would lead to billions of dollars’ worth of federal construction contracts being awarded to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces—without true competition from qualified merit shop contractors.
Industry experts feared the executive order would result in taxpayers needlessly paying nearly 20 percent more per federal contract procured with a PLA requirement. Faced with finite building budgets, it would generate less building and create fewer jobs for the experienced men and women employed by merit shop contractors who deliver projects safely, on time and on budget every day to the federal government.
Stakeholders turned to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) to defend fair and open competition in federal contracting. ABC and the merit shop contracting community mobilized an aggressive campaign of effective public relations, political, legal and legislative strategies to restrict the devastating impact of anti-competitive and costly government-mandated PLAs on federal, state and local public works projects.
The campaign is producing impressive results. Efforts helped prevent PLA mandates and preferences on nearly 99 percent of federal contracts exceeding $25 million from FY2009-FY2013, freeing up a total of $64.78 billion worth of work from PLA requirements so all qualified firms can fairly compete to win these contracts.
From FY2009-FY2013, ABC member prime contractors won 61 percent of large-scale federal contracts subject to President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502. That’s 577 contracts valued at a total of $40.31 billion won by ABC members.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy in rain

QINGDAO, China, April 6 (UPI) -- Engineers and materials scientists have made solar panels increasingly efficient, but the technology still requires the cooperation of the weather. Currently, slow-moving rain fronts spell bad news for solar power generation -- but not for a new prototype solar cell developed by a team of Chinese scientists.
By coating a solar cell in a thin layer of graphene, researchers have empowered the technology to turn raindrops into electricity.
Graphene is prized by materials scientists for its wide variety of benefits, one of them being conductivity. The one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms allows a plethora of electrons to move freely across its surface. In water solutions, graphene binds positively charged ions with its electrons -- a process known as the Lewis acid-base interaction.
Because raindrops contain salts, which dissociate into ions, precipitation and graphene make an ideal electricity-producing pair. The rain's positively charged ions -- including sodium, calcium, and ammonium ions -- adhere to the graphene surface and form a double layer with the graphene's electrons.
The double layer is known as a pseudocapacitor, and the potential energy difference between the two layers is strong enough to generate an electric current.


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Straz Center unveils $100 million waterfront master plan

The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled the conceptual phase of its master plan for the waterfront — a plan that could create an iconic gathering spot for Tampa.
The Straz Center is preparing a request for proposals for a feasibility study. President and CEO Judy Lisi said the goal is to have the feasibility study — which could identify funding sources — wrapped up by the end of the year.
The redevelopment is slated to cost $65 million to $100 million, funded through public and private sources. The conceptual plan includes the following:
·                  The creation of a Grand Terrace that "flows" to the riverfront
·                  Expansion of the Patel Conservatory
·                  Reinventing and enlarging the Silbiger Lobby in Morsani Hall
·                  Adding a multipurpose events center to accommodate growth in food and beverage
"We wanted something fresh and new exciting to represent Tampa,” Lisi said while presenting the new renderings on Tuesday morning.
Lisi said that while the Straz has presented its plans to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the group hasn't talked public funding with him. She said the Straz will explore several options for funding, including money from the state, city and county.
From Tampa Business Journal

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

GAF wraps up $1.14B deal for Danish roofing products manufacturer

GAF, a Parsippany-based roofing manufacturer, has closed on its acquisition of a Danish maker of high-end roofing and waterproofing products for approximately $1.14 billion, it announced Monday.
GAF said in a news release that it has acquired Icopal from Investcorp Ltd. for approximately 1 billion euros.
The acquisition will allow for GAF to grow its roofing business “on both sides of the Atlantic,” the release said.
Jim Schnepper, executive vice president of sales at GAF, will become CEO and president of Icopal, GAF’s European operating division. Tom Anderson, senior vice president of planning and supply chain management at GAL, will become chief operating officer.
“GAF and Icopal are an excellent cultural fit, given our shared focus on manufacturing excellence, strong customer service, and innovation,” Bob Tafaro, CEO and president of GAF. “Icopal and its leading roofing and waterproofing brands have a bright future within the GAF family, and we look forward to working together to create world-class value for all of our customers.”
The combined company will have 6,500 employees and approximately $4 billion in sales in 80 countries, GAF said.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ingersoll Rand Recognized by EPA for Climate Action

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced the 2016 Climate Leadership Award recipients who will be honored for their leadership in helping fight climate change. Ingersoll Rand, Davidson, North Carolina, will be presented with an Organizational Leadership Award for phasing out HCFCs and other refrigerants.

Ingersoll Rand has more than 40,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing sites around the world with brands including Trane and Thermo King. Among its accomplishments, the company has set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal of 35 percent from 2013 by 2020 for global operations. The company has further committed to reduce the climate impact related to the refrigerants used in its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant alternatives across the product portfolio by 2030.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Florida Southern Roofing and Others “Caught Doing Good” – First Roofs For Heros Award

Disabled U.S. Army veteran Harris Nelms, 57, still has difficulty comprehending how the kindness of strangers put a new roof on his house, installed new air conditioning, repaired damage from water intrusion and finished it all off with a flagpole and fresh landscaping.

Last August, a 5-by-7-foot section over Nelms’ bedroom fell in, and the damage worsened with each rainstorm.

Nelms sought repair bids. All came in higher than he could afford: $4,500 to $10,500.

For months he slept with only a sheet of plastic between his bed and the weather and stars outside his Colony Cove home.

Nelms shared his plight with a social worker at the Bradenton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, who remembered Braden River Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12055 members had expressed interest in helping down-on-their luck vets.

George Johnston, the Braden River post chaplain and past commander, said several VFW posts began trying to raise money to help Nelms.

One Braden River VFW member was at a golf tournament where he learned Brian and Tim Wallace, owners of Florida Southern Roofing, wanted to give a free roof to someone in need.

They quickly decided Nelms, who worked in explosive ordnance disposal for the U.S. Army before a training accident ended his military career, was the person they were looking for to receive their first “Roofs for Heroes” award.

A visit to Nelms’ home revealed other serious problems. The Wallace brothers recruited friends and business associates to pitch in.

Roofing Supply Group donated shingles, Kimal Lumber & Hardware gave the plywood, Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating installed new ductwork and a energy-efficient heating and cooling system donated by Bryant, Matt Ryan Stucco & Plaster installed new drywall panels donated by Construction Supply of Southwest Florida and the Wright Way Emergency Water Removal helped with mold remediation and cleanup.

D&D Painting & Restoration painted the new ceilings and Pestguard Commercial Services installed new plantings and mulch.

Braden River VFW Post members cooked for the construction crew and donated the flagpole that stands outside Nelms’ home.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Dodge Momentum Index rises in January

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 2.4 percent to 126.4 in January from 123.4 in December 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The index is up 1.7 percent compared with January 2015.

The Dodge Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

In January, the commercial component of the Dodge Momentum Index rose 1.6 percent, and the institutional segment of the index increased 3.3 percent. 


From NRCA

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Construction spending rises 1.5 percent in January

Total construction spending increased to $1.141 trillion in January, which was 1.5 percent higher than the revised December 2015 estimate of $1.124 trillion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The January figure is 10.4 percent higher than the January 2015 estimate of $1.033 trillion.

In January, private construction rose 0.5 percent, reflecting no change for residential construction and a 1 percent increase in nonresidential construction.

Public construction projects in January increased 4.5 percent. 


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

NRCA offers national health care program

Through NRCA's partnership with National General Benefits Solutions, NRCA offers the NRCA National Health Care Program.

The program has been expanded to offer two provider networks to each member company with more than 30 participants. Employees of these companies will be able to choose at enrollment whether to be covered by Aetna or Cigna. This will give members and their employees enhanced buying power by being able to choose the program with the best local network, coverage options and, importantly, premium options. In addition, the program now will offer more robust dental, life and disability insurance options.
NRCA member companies with more than 10 participating employees are eligible. To date, 70 NRCA members and the NRCA staff have joined the program.


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Friday, April 1, 2016

Construction material prices slide for 8th-straight month

·         Construction material prices fell another 0.6% between January and February and 3.7% year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Tuesday.
·         February was the eighth-consecutive month of declines in construction industry inputs in the Producer Price Index.

·         Only three of 11 input prices increased between January and February: prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding products; concrete products; and natural gas. The remaining eight inputs saw price declines last month.
ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu attributed the continued decline in commodity and material prices to "weak global growth and the prospects of a strengthening U.S. dollar."
He predicted that construction material prices — including oil and iron ore costs — will rebound in March, but added that a major price surge in the coming months is unlikely.
"Financial markets remain shaky," Basu said in a release. "Brazil and Russia remain in recession and Chinese growth continues at its worst pace in at least two decades. Europe continues to recover only slowly, and the United States continues to expand at a lackluster pace."
Although declining material prices can be good news for construction companies in the midst of a building boom across the U.S., they have also been causing significant damage to the energy sector and the states that rely on it. Basu's predicted rebound in March would be a welcome reprieve for those local economies.
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