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3 Things Go Roof Tune Up Inspects on The Roof During Inspection

By Go Roof Tune Up.

Every roof goes through a lot in the course of a year – from heat to storms to debris blowing.

Giving your customers a Go Roof Tune Up is never a bad idea. You can ensure their roofing is good to go for another year or head off major damage with small repairs. Here are three things that get inspected during the tune up.

  1. Shingle Deterioration

Shingles are long lasting and durable, but they are going to get old and worn out eventually. The tune up includes a thorough shingle inspection where inspectors will look for curling, splitting, torn, or lifted shingles. Some of these things can be fixed before they become a bigger problem.

  1. Tree Placement

Tree branches that encroach upon a home can scratch the roof, gouge materials, and place a lot of leaves and debris on top of the home. The inspection includes a look at trees that might be overhanging the house and suggest which should be cut back. Leaves lying on the roof could even cause gutter blockage, mold, and other damage.

  1. Gutter Inspection

Gutters are an integral part of the way the home operates during a rainstorm. They move the water away from the home and keep its foundation and the house safe. If they are blocked, peeling away from the house, or not working in another way, they’re a danger to permanent damage. The inspection will carefully take a look at every gutter to ensure proper function.

It’s always nice to have a roof in good shape, but after years of use, things are bound to go wrong. Contact Go Roof Tune Up to find out how you can offer these full inspections to your customer to ensure they are ready for another year of protection.

It’s easier for your clients to take care of small repairs now than it is to wait and have major leaks or other issues pop up later. Go Roof Tune Up provides a thorough inspection with high experience to catch big or small potential problems on any roofing system.

Learn more about Go Roof Tune Up.

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Protect your investment: understand your guarantee

By Jennifer Long, GAF.

Understanding owner responsibilities for maintenance critical to roof warranties and guarantees.

It’s happened to all of us: You buy a TV (or an HVAC… or a refrigerator… ) for your home and drop the manufacturer’s warranty into a folder with the other warranties you hope to never need. Years later, the appliance starts making a noise that sounds a little bit like a power drill in a bucket of broken glass. So, you dig out the warranty, read it for the first time, and discover that “noise like a power drill in broken glass” is specifically excluded from your coverage.

I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. How many of us take the time to really dig into the fine print? For example, in a study done by NPR in 2016, 98 percent of participants clicked “agreed” on a terms and conditions statement that not only said all personal information would be sent to the National Security Agency, but that they also agreed to give up their firstborn child in exchange for access to a new social media app.

I suspect the two percent who actually read NPR’s hoax T&Cs and noticed the absurd clauses may have been building managers. Details are everything in our industry, and it’s safe to say we’re responsible for assets significantly more valuable than, say, a TV or refrigerator. The cost for a new roof — or even a significant roof repair — is usually ample incentive to become familiar with every word of a warranty or guarantee.

And yet it’s worth the reminder: To protect your roof investment, know what coverage you have. Know your responsibilities.

One of the most important details of most roof warranties and guarantees is the maintenance clause. As discussed in earlier posts, most No Dollar Limit guarantees requires preventative maintenance and repair. For example, under a section titled Owner Responsibilities, the EverGuard® DIAMOND PLEDGE™ NDL ROOF GUARANTEE includes the following language:

Preventative Maintenance and Repairs

 

  • You must perform regular inspections and maintenance and keep records of this work.

As it also says on the warranty document itself,

“Simply put, maintenance is a responsibility of ownership. Without basic maintenance, your assets will diminish in value. With basic maintenance, you can preserve them and enjoy years of reliable service.”

GAF recommends that all inspections and maintenance be performed by properly trained roofing professionals (such as the GAF Certified™ Contractor who installed your roofing system or a GAF Certified Maintenance Professional). They can be a critical part of your team to help protect your investment instead of inadvertently causing harm. They know from experience how to perform these duties and may have a much better understanding of how to “cause no harm” to the roofing membrane!

As always, for more on roof maintenance and NDL warranties and guarantees, check out the GAF Certified Maintenance Professional (CMP) program!

For more insights on commercial roof maintenance:

Three Myths About Roof Maintenance

Proactive vs. Reactive Maintenance

Generating Revenue with Commercial Roof Maintenance

Learn more about GAF.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on GAF’s blog and can be viewed here.

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Iconic Structure at Utah State Gets New Roof Over Summer Breaks

The roof on Utah State University’s iconic Old Main structure was replaced over the course of three summers by the team at KBR Roofing. Photos: Davinci Roofscapes

There was no summer break for the team at KBR Roofing these past three years. As soon as school ended in May for students at Utah State University, the team got to work on re-roofing the iconic Old Main structure on campus.

Originally built in 1889, Old Main has served its community for more than 125 years. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the imposing structure is home to the president of the university and a multitude of offices and classrooms.

“Every summer we tackled a different phase of the re-roofing project,” says Brent Wood, project manager at KBR Roofing. “This structure is so critical to the university that it made complete sense to invest in composite roofing. The old, curling gray wood shingles simply had to come off.”

Each summer, the crews from KBR Roofing focused on a different element of the project. “We encountered a few challenges along the way,” Wood notes. “First, since the structure was built so long ago, many of the walls were not square. Second, due to a fire on the north side in 1984, this section of the roof had to be re-sheeted. Third, we had to fabricate four new cupolas. And fourth, we had to custom create a pedestrian bridge 106 feet on top of the center to access the east tower.”

With all their challenges, Wood relates that the easiest part of the project was installing the DaVinci Roofscapes Fancy Shake tiles. “We used the regular shake on the roof surface and then the beaver tail and diamond tiles to accent different parts of the structure,” Wood says. “They were a dream to install.”

Passing Historical Review

Before installation began, representatives of Utah State University and Design West Architects sought permission to use the composite shake tiles on the Old Main project.

Originally built in 1889, Old Main is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The building houses the president of the university and a multitude of offices and classrooms. Photos: Davinci Roofscapes

“USU has an on-campus architectural review committee that monitors and approves all changes to buildings, signage and landscaping,” says Quin E. Whitaker, PE MBA, structural engineer/project manager at Utah State University. “Our Facilities team was required to meet with the State Historical Department of Utah to gain approval of the Fancy Shake shingles. When we met with the state’s representative, he declined all proposed roofing samples, including one from DaVinci. We asked him to go look at the DaVinci tiles installed on our Geology building back in 2012. As soon as we got there, he immediately told us the composite tiles looked great and met his expectations.”

Getting approval was critical, notes Whitaker. “Old Main is our flagship building,” he says. “It houses the president of the university, her staff and many other administration officials and classrooms. We didn’t wish to skimp on the quality of this roofing product. Gaining approval on the DaVinci product was especially important since we anticipate that five historic buildings on the campus quad (including Old Main) will all have the same composite roofing tiles installed in the coming years. The DaVinci product has an authentic look, backed by a strong warranty, which we appreciate.”

Going the Extra Mile

With the green light received, KBR Roofing started the Old Main roofing project in May of 2015. At the same time, the roof specialists from the university’s carpentry shop created new cupola bases.

“Bryan Bingham and Mike McBride at our university were intimately involved in the project,” says Whitaker. “I’ve never seen the level of craftsmanship that they were able to achieve for the cupola bases. Everyone involved in this project gave 110 percent.”

A cupola on the backside of the structure features beaver tail tiles. Photos: Davinci Roofscapes. Photos: Davinci Roofscapes

Going the extra mile involved quite a few special considerations for KBR Roofing on this project. The team manufactured a 15-foot pedestrian bridge to allow access from the roof to one of the towers. Located more than 100 feet in the air, the new bridge complements the building’s structure and meets code requirements.

On the north side of the building, workers crafted new metal sheeting on four finials. At the south tower, the stone finials were in need of renovation. The roofers contracted with Abstract Masonry to revitalize the stone, mortar joints and other surrounding brick features. They also contracted with Rocky Mountain Snow Guards for snow fences and snow guards that were installed around the entire structure. Drift II – two-pipe snow fences were put in place at the eaves over pedestrian and vehicular areas as a barrier to snow movement with RG 16 snow guards applied in a pattern above to hold the snow slab in place.

“Three of Old Main’s four towers now have a new DaVinci roof on them covered with the company’s attractive diamond shingles,” says Whitaker. “KBR Roofing was amazing. They also had to radius the railing for the two large rotundas. This company, in my estimation, is top notch and the only company that could have pulled off this project.”

TEAM

Architect: Design West Architects, Logan, Utah, www.designwestarchitects.com
Roofing Contractor: KBR Roofing, Ogden, Utah, www.kbrroofing.com

MATERIALS

Composite Shingles: Fancy Shake composite cedar tiles, DaVinci Roofscapes, www.davinciroofscapes.com
Snow Guards: Drift II and RG 16, Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, www.rockymountainsnowguards.com

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RICOWI Releases Roofing Investigation Report on Hurricane Irma

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced the release of an investigation report on Hurricane Irma on September 23, 2018. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) Committee deployed volunteer hurricane wind investigators after Hurricane Irma made landfall. Team members for the hurricane wind investigations were wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants. The report may be downloaded at: https://www.ricowi.com/reports/download/9

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds.

This Program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. Buildings will be safer, property losses will be reduced and industry will meet the challenge with clear insight as to needed direction. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate, improve products, installation techniques, safety and reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

“This is an important undertaking by the report writers and team members,” said RICOWI chairman David Balistreri. “As always, the uniqueness of research reports from RICOWI is the ability to produce an unbiased factual report.”

RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (Aug. 13/04), Ivan (Sept. 16/04), Katrina (Aug. 29/05) Ike (Sept. 13/08), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (Oct. 31/17). All research reports are available online as a download at www.ricowi.com.

 

 

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Roof Hugger Names New Vice President

Dale Nelson, co-founder/owner and current President stated that Roof Hugger is fortunate to have an office staff of knowledgeable and dedicated employees. After careful consideration of our team members, D.J. bubbled to the top.  D.J. comes from the design-build construction industry, he been a project manager, he has worked as a steel erector (personally installing more Huggers than I have), he also holds a Class “A” Florida Contractors License and has operated his own construction company.

DJ is the father of four; he has four grandchildren and interestingly is the grandson of one of Roof Hugger’s founding partners, Red McConnohie.  It is his dedication and hard work however that have made him the deserving and qualified leader needed for this position.  We congratulate him and look forward to each of you getting to know him.

Dale Nelson is staying on as President on at a much-reduced workload going forward.  His responsibilities will now be as an industry association liaison, national account sales and research and product development, as well product testing.  He will also be working closely with Roof Hugger’s parent company, LSI Group, Inc. of Logansport, IN.  Dale and his wife Jan sold Roof Hugger in 2016 to Robert Baker, President of LSI. Roof Hugger has grown in sales volume, testing of more products and promotional and marketing efforts.  Dale loves what his new responsibility will be, because it will afford him more time to enjoy some leisurely things he enjoys but keeps him active in the metal construction industry.  Dale is a past President of the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

Robert Baker stated that I am delighted that DJ will become our new Vice-President.  He has demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm for the position.  He brings the vision and values to lead Roof Hugger into the future.  I welcome DJ to his new role at Roof Hugger and look forward to working with him.  He went on to say that Dale will continue to be a valuable asset to Roof Hugger and is pleased that he will remain part of the LSI Group.

D.J.’s grandfather Red would be very proud of him for becoming Vice-President at Roof Hugger and carrying on his legacy

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Meticulous Preparation Sets Up Restoration Project for Success

Photos: Debby Amador, Roma Police Department

Officials at Roma High School in Roma, Texas, knew they needed a new roof. The tile roof on the main complex was more than 25 years old, and some components were clearly failing. They didn’t realize that many of the leaks and resulting wall deterioration were caused by other problems as well. Luckily, they reached out to design and construction professionals who did their homework, diagnosed all of the key problems, and developed a plan to fix them. The crowning touch of the building envelope restoration plan was a beautiful standing seam metal roof, and the success of the project is proof that hard work pays off not only in the classroom, but on top of it.

The Consultant

As its building envelope consultant, Roma Independent School District chose Amtech Solutions Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The full-service architectural, engineering, and building envelope consulting firm has been in business since 1982. Working out of the company’s Rio Grand Valley (RGV) office located in Pharr, Texas, Amtech Solutions inspected and evaluated the entire site and reviewed legacy documents to identify the underlying issues.

They found quite a few, notes Michael Hovar, AIA, RRO, LEED AP, a senior architect and the general manager of the company’s RGV office. “They thought all they had was a roofing problem,” he notes. “But we saw right away that not properly managing water off the roof was the cause of wall deterioration, which then became leaks into the building. Our experience with the entire envelope and all facets of design and construction really helped us on this one.”

Roma High School in Roma, Texas, underwent a three-phase building envelope restoration plan in 2016-2017. After the walls were repaired and restored, the roof and mechanical equipemt were replaced. Photos: Debby Amador, Roma Police Department

Amtech Solutions put together a presentation for the school board to detail what they discovered and the plan they proposed to remedy the situation. The company also worked with the school district to help develop a budget.
The restoration plan was split up into three phases. The first phase focused on restoring the walls and windows. The second phase encompassed roof replacement and installing new mechanical equipment. The third phase involved improving drainage, grading and other site repairs.

Amtech Solutions decided not to bid the project out to a general contractor, but rather to bid each phase separately. “We decided to split it up into stages and do it logically, starting with the walls first,” Hovar says. “For the walls, we got restoration contractors who specialize in wall restoration work.”

Restoration Services Inc. (RSI) of Houston, Texas handled the first phase in the summer, as the wall repairs would be louder and more disruptive to students. The roof replacement project was scheduled for the fall. “Once all of the stuff on the ground was done, that allowed us to do the re-roofing work throughout the school year, which also helped the price,” notes Hovar. “Our experience has always been that if we have good cooperation with the contractors and the school staff, at the end of the job they end up being best friends. And that’s exactly what happened. At the end of the job, they were sad to see the roofers go.”

Amtech Solutions convinced the school district the plan would work. “It took some coordination, communication and cooperation, and it took a motivated owner that was willing to do this and trust us,” Hovar says. “They looked to us for guidance, and we said, ‘We do this all the time. We do roofing projects throughout the year, occupied and unoccupied, and we do it in a way that respects what the occupant’s needs are.’”

When it came time to specify the roof system, school board members were divided; one faction wanted to install a new tile roof, and the other wanted to go with metal. “The interesting thing is, for the historical architecture of the area, both of those roofs are appropriate, so from the standpoint of historical significance, either one works,” Hovar says. “In the end, it was quite a bit more expensive to utilize tile than it was to utilize a metal roof.”

The Roof Systems

The decision was made to go with a standing seam metal roof from McElroy Metal on the vast majority of the complex, including the main roof, the gymnasium, and two freestanding structures — the art and industrial arts buildings — that had been added over the years. The main tile roof was removed and replaced with McElroy’s 138T Panel, a 16-inch-wide, 24-gauge panel in Brite Red. McElroy’s 238T Panel, a 24-inch-wide, 24-gauge panel, was specified for the gym, as well as the art and industrial arts buildings. In a cost-saving measure, the color on the gym roof was changes to Galvalume Plus. In all, more than 233,000 square feet of metal roofing was installed.

Before

“The reason we picked this roof system is we’ve had a lot of great experience with it,” Hovar says. “We love that panel because they can actually bring the roll former to the jobsite. That gives the roofing contractor a lot more options on how he can load the roof and sequence the job. The other beauty of this panel is that it has unlimited movement. The panels itself slides back and forth over a fixed clip. It also flashes like a dream.”

Low-slope roof areas adjacent to the gym were replaced with a two-ply modified bitumen system from Siplast. CPI Daylighting manufactured a new skylight for the atrium.

As part of the roofing phase, gutters and downspouts were added. “There was nothing controlling the water before on this project,” Hovar says. “We designed a gutter system with expansion joints as per SMACNA guidelines. The contractor made absolutely beautiful shop-welded aluminum downspout boots.”

The most crucial detail was a custom-made saddle that solved the problem of water infiltration at the transition between the roof and walls on the wings. “This ultimately simple solution addressed one of the major design flaws that plagued the facility from the first days of occupancy,” Hovar notes. “We modeled the three-dimensional design of those saddles, and the contractor welded them in his shop. He fabricated them out of .080 aluminum and they were seamless. The restoration contractor had already installed all of the through-wall flashing, so all the roofer had to do was put counterflashing in and do his work around it. He was able to fly without being slowed down by a mason on the job.”

The Roofing Contractor

The roofing phase of the project was handled by Rio Roofing, headquartered in Harlingen, Texas. The company primarily installs low-slope and metal roofs, and its focus is on large commercial and institutional projects. ““We do nearly 90 percent public bonded work,” notes Hedley Hichens, vice president of Rio Roofing. “We found out that whether it’s a small job or a big job, the paperwork is still the same, so we try to make it worthwhile.”

The company worked on the Roma High School project for about a year, wrapping up the roofing phase of the project in November 2017.

After the structure’s main roof was removed, the tile was replaced with a standing seam metal roof featuring McElroy’s 138T Panel in Brite Red. Photos: Debby Amador, Roma Police Department

The decision was made to tackle the wings on the main roof first. “During the pre-con meetings, we met with the principal and the superintendent and asked, ‘Which wings are the worst?’” Hichens notes. “There was one wing that was the most problematic, so we started with that area first.”

Rio Roofing began by tearing off the existing tile roof. “There were about 1,925 squares of concrete tile we had to remove,” Hichens notes. “We had crews on the roof tearing off tile, crews on the ground palletizing the tile and storing it in the parking lot.”

As crew members removed the old tile and felt, others followed behind and installed polyisocyanurate insulation and Polystick MTS, a waterproofing underlayment designed for high-temperature applications. “We did 40 or 50 squares a day, moving down the wing,” Hichens says. “We dried in the whole school. Then we came back with the 138 panel.”

On top of the gym and other buildings that received the 238T panel, the existing metal roofs were left in place. “We put flute fill on top of the old panels. Then we screwed down 3/8-inch Securock, primed it and put the Polyglass underlayment down on top of that,” Hichens explains. “That 24-inch panel is a great panel to work with because every time you put one down, you’re 2 feet closer to finishing.”

Installing the New Roofs

The school’s main roof covers a central hub with eight wings coming off of its octagonal skylight. Where the wings tie together, access was limited.

“It was a tight squeeze,” Hichens says. “Getting in there and getting out was difficult. I think our fork lift only cleared one of the walkways by 2 or 3 inches. It’s a big campus, but the layout was difficult at the school.”

Once the wings were dried in, sheet metal crews installed the edge metal and 4,000 linear feet of gutters. They also started forming the panels.

Typically, Rio Roofing lifts the roll former to the roof edge, but it was difficult to get a large lift next to the building, so in this case the roll former was left on the ground. It was moved from wing to wing as the job progressed. “We used a New Tech roll former on this project,” Hichens says, “We would put the roll former parallel to each wing and store the panels on the ground in each area.”

Panels were hemmed and notched using a Swenson Snap Table Pro and lifted to the roof with a fork lift and a special cradle. Crews used a hand seamer to set temporary seams and followed up with a robotic seamer from D.I. Roof Seamers. “The panels are easy to install,” Hichens says. “You get about four guys 10 feet apart to engage the panels and clips and you just keep going. At the end of the day crews put the seam caps on.”

On the low-slope areas, Rio Roofing installed approximately 47,000 square feet of the Siplast two-ply SBS modified system, which was torched down over new lightweight concrete. “For their size, the low-slope areas had a ton of mechanical equipment and ductwork up there,” notes Hichens. “There were a lot of key details.”

Rio Roofing custom-manufactured numerous curbs and details, including the saddles over problem areas at the walls. “We have a full welding shop,” Hichens notes. “We have a full machine shop. We make all of our own curbs here, so there is no lead time for ordering curbs, and we are sure they’ll fit.”

Teamwork

Work on the project has now moved on to a fourth phase: installing translucent panels over the swimming pool. Hovar believes teamwork was the key to the project’s success. “We had such a good contracting team, we did good field work to begin with, and we had an understanding owner,” he says. “Designing it wasn’t easy, but thankfully our experience helped. We just had a really good team to execute it, all the way around. That’s what makes for a great, project, right? When everybody is invested in a good outcome, they always support everybody else.”

Communication was also essential, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) helped keep everyone on the same page. “We modeled the project on our BIM software, and it helped everyone understand the scope and challenges. The BIM model allowed the owner see exactly what the project would look like, and it helped the contractor understand the staging and logistical challenges before the project was bid,” Hovar says. “There were no surprises.”

TEAM

Architect and Consultant: Amtech Solutions Inc., Pharr, Texas, www.amtechsls.com
Roofing Contractor: Rio Roofing, Harlingen Texas
Wall Restoration Contractor: RSI-Restoration Services Inc., Houston, Texas, www.rsi-restorationservices.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System
Metal Panels: 138T panel (16 inches wide, 24 gauge) and 238T Panel (24 inches wide, 24 gauge), McElroy Metal, www.mcelroymetal.com
Underlayment: Polystick MTS, Polyglass, www.polyglass.us
Cover Board: Securock, USG, www.usg.com
Skylight: CPI Daylighting, www.cpidaylighting.com

Low-Slope Roof System
Modified Bitumen Membrane: Paradiene SBS, Siplast, www.siplast.com

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Expanding Apprenticeships in America – Part 2

By Cotney Construction Law.

Article discusses how to establish an administrative and legislative committee that can be responsible for implementing a recruitment program of this magnitude and how to effectively produce better results from our current federal workforce programs.

As construction lawyers, we know that recruiting capable young men and women into the construction sector’s workforce is extremely important and can also be very challenging. With a significant percentage of skilled workers preparing to retire in the next ten years, we will need the next talented generation of contractors, engineers, and architects to emerge in the industry.

As we discussed in the first part of this article, President Donald Trump has imposed an executive order orchestrating the creation of one million apprenticeship positions within the next two years. We educated you on the plan to implement more apprenticeship opportunities in third-party sectors while promoting these opportunities to everyone from higher education sectors to military branches to rehabilitated prisoners.

Creating a Task Force

With the Department of Labor’s guidance, a “Task Force” will be established to “identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships.” The emphasis of this Task Force is to establish a recruiting presence in sectors that previously had inadequate results and improve upon these results.

Other responsibilities of the Task Force include:

  • Create federal proposals that advocate for apprenticeships
  • Develop “administrative and legislative reforms” that facilitate the success of these recruitment programs
  • Devise successful strategies for creating “industry-recognized” apprenticeship programs
  • Utilize the most effective tactics for “amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiative to promote apprenticeships”

The Task Force Board of Advisors

Because this council group is established by the Department of Labor, the Secretary of the Department Labor acts as Chair of the Task Force with the Secretaries of the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce acting as Vice-Chairs. The entire committee will consist of no more than twenty members.

With many federally-funded workforce development programs struggling to effectively recruit and prepare young men and women into the workforce, the future of recruitment may need to utilize new methods to effectively acquire the next generation of workers. As Ft. Myers construction attorneys, we are devoted to every aspect of the construction industry. Recruiting young individuals into the workforce will be a critical component to the future of the construction industry.

Reducing Workforce Development Programs

As we have discussed previously, one of the major points of emphasis that the President stated when he announced this executive order was to utilize a different approach to creating apprenticeship opportunities for skilled workers. In other words, spending billions of federal and state dollars annually on training programs, certifications, community colleges, and other sectors to prepare young men and women for the workforce is no longer feasible. As we discussed before, many of these federal-funded programs may be either reduced or eliminated by implementing more opportunities in third-party sectors for apprenticeship programs.

The Evaluation Process

Because of the need for more centralized workforce development strategies, many federal programs will essentially go through an auditing process to determine their overall level of effectiveness. Part of this process of evaluating these federal programs will be to undergo a budgetary submission process to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Specifically, the head of an agency will present a list of programs overseen by their agency that are “designed to promote skills development and workplace readiness.”

Along with this submission, the agency will be required to submit:

  • Any relevant data pertaining to the success of the program.
  • Advice for “administrative and legislative reforms that would improve their outcomes and effectiveness for American workers and employers.”
  • Ways they can either reduce or terminate those programs that are “ineffective, redundant, or unnecessary.”

After receiving these submissions, the Director of the OMB will evaluate the applications and offer advice on how the agencies can “fulfill their obligations.”

If you would like to speak to a construction attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

Editor’s note: This article first published on Cotney Construction Law’s blog and can be viewed here.

 

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Our imagery is better than 2.8” GSD so you actually see temporary repairs that satellite images miss. And with multiple captures per year, you can act on that information immediately.

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The most current high-resolution imagery builds trust and confidence when your customers see what you say. Access is lightning fast from the cloud, and PhotoMaps™ integrates with AutoCAD® and takeoff software that adds another data layer. The bottom line? Streamline workflows, maximize workforce productivity and grow your business.

 

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CertainTeed Keep Craft Alive Profile: Agatha Hall

By Cara Corridoni.

A tough lesson opens new doors. An Interview with Agatha Hall, Hippo Roofing Sales.

How Did You Get Started?

I got into the roofing industry because of my own bad experience when my roof failed after hurricane Irma in 2017. My roof was having issues back when hurricane Matthew came in 2016, A bad call by the insurance adjuster made me purchase a patch instead of redoing the roof. What I learned through a course of disasters from my roof lead me to work for my company, Hippo Roofing.

What Does Your Day Look Like?

We are a master installer for CertainTeed shingles. The CertainTeed shingle warranty is by far the best in the industry.

Favorite Part of the Job?

Here in Florida we go through roofing very quickly because of the nonstop heat and rain. I am taking my experiences with roofing and sharing them with other consumers to help better educate them so that they make better purchasing decisions regarding the roof!

Thank you, Agatha!

Are you employed in the trades?

Help us combat the image problem and share your story. We know there are a lot of talented people in the trades and we think it’s about time everyone else did too.

For more information on how we support those in the trades and what you can do to help, check out our Keep Craft Alive initiatives.

Editor’s note: This feature first published on CertainTeed’s blog and can be viewed here.

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Duro-Last Roofing joins NRCA’s One Voice initiative

NRCA has announced Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich., has joined its One Voice initiative and upgraded its associate membership to “partner member.”

NRCA’s One Voice initiative is a transformational approach to addressing the roofing industry’s most critical issues and concerns—with one voice—to secure its future.

NRCA invites manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, consultants and service providers to fully engage with NRCA, as partners, and actively address the industry’s most pressing issues, including workforce and work certification; effecting change in Washington, D.C.; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism in all industry sectors.

Now is the time to unite the roofing industry. For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, including a list of the 26 current One Voice member partners, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

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