OMG Roofing Products Promotes New Regional Sales Manager

OMG Roofing Products has promoted Jon Surratt to the position of Northwest Regional Sales Manager.

In his new role, Jon will manage the day-to-day business activities for the region, including monthly planning, on-going customer support, revenue goals, as well as leading a team of territory managers and technical sales representatives. His region includes Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. He reports to Brian Wroblesky, National Sales Manager.

Jon started with OMG Roofing Products in 2015 as a field sales representative covering Northern California and Northern Nevada and was later assigned to Hawaii as well. Since then, he has demonstrated the ability to perform against targets, adjust sales strategies necessary to accomplish goals, maintain excellent customer service and support various product and customer initiatives. Prior to joining OMG Roofing Products, Jon was a foreman and assistant superintendent for Myers Plumbing and Engineering of Orangevale, Calif.  

Jon holds a degree in criminology and psychology from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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2020-2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists Announced

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards finalists. The winners will be announced during the NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST.  

Celebrating its 25th year, the Roofing Alliance continues to honor leadership in the field.  For the MVP Award, roofing contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship, their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace or both.   Since the program’s inception 21 years ago, 708 employees have been nominated and 269 winners and finalists have been recognized.

The 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists include:

· Heath Baker – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, TX

· Riann Cayaban – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Jeffrey Doll – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Mike Crawford – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company, LLC, Portland, OR

· Edgar Daguro – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Tim Hollo – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Field Worker and Foreman, 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland, OH

· Jason Lee – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, The Durable Slate Company, Columbus, OH

· Arturo Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Stiles Roofing, Inc., Lebanon, MO

· Bakay Omorov – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati, OH

· Julian Rola – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Marcos Serrano – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator, OMG, Inc., Agawam, MA

· Rick Stahlman – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Gonzalo Vargas – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Independent Roofing Company, Omaha, NE

· Joshua Zamora – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, D.R. Kidd Company – Kidd Roofing, Austin, TX

On Friday, March 5, during NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, after the MVP winners are announced, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, past Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG explains, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

  • 2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, AL., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent, Innovative Roofing Group, Atlanta, GA
  • 2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, TX
  • 2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, NY
  • 2014: Ryan Watts, foreman, Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • 2015: Scott Luck, foreman, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, PA
  • 2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, TX
  • 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, CA
  • 2018: Alan Baird, foreman, Core Contractors Inc., Denver, CO
  • 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, IN
  • 2020: Todd Dunlap, superintendent, warehouse foreman and equipment operator, Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, OH

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link. To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, visit

Gulfeagle Supply Opens Two New Branches

Gulfeagle Supply adds two new branches to its growing footprint. Gulfeagle Supply, founded in 1973, is a full line distributor of residential and commercial roofing and building products. With these additions the company has grown to over 80 locations across the United States.

The San Antonio, Texas location is managed by Rick Zuniga who joins the Gulfeagle family with 16 years of experience in the industry and a legacy for treating his customers like family. A fiesta-themed grand opening was held in December, complete with mariachi music and new customer accolades. Inventory in stock includes Gulfeagle Supply Plastic Cement, Tropical Cements & Coatings, GAF Shingles, Gulfeagle Synthetic Felt, Atlas Shingles, Polyglass Waterproofing Membranes, Lomanco Ventilation and more.

Gulfeagle Supply also added a new South Florida branch in West Broward located just off Interstate 595. The West Broward location is fully stocked with residential and commercial roofing products. This branch is conveniently located with easy access for quick service and prompt pickup of material.

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IB Roof Systems Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced IB Roof Systems Inc., Grapevine, Texas, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

“IB Roof Systems is honored to become a One Voice member and to partner with the distinguished members of this great association,” says Jason Stanley, CEO of IB Roof Systems. “We are excited for the opportunity to help address and shoulder the issues our industry faces today, as well as those that may affect our dreams for a better future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

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MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

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METALCON Launches Safety Certificate Program

METALCON announces its new safety certificate program in partnership with SafetyWorks, Inc. The METALFOCUS Safety Certificate Program kicks off on Feb.18. Craig Schaffer, president of SafetyWorks, will lead and teach the program―a series of 10 one-hour virtual safety courses tailored to supervisors, foremen, crews and others in the industry. Schaffer is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 30 years of occupational safety and health experience in the construction and manufacturing industries, and an authorized instructor for construction OSHA-10 & OSHA-30 courses.   

METALFOCUS presents the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents―beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training―and address situations unique to metal construction jobsites. Courses focus on increasing safety, reducing job site risks and lowering the risk of regulatory penalties, and include the following:  

Course 1       February 18      OSHA’s Steel Erection Standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart R)
Course 2       February 25      Fall Protection Planning
Course 3       March 4              Hot Work & HW Permits
Course 4       March 12            Rigging Safety Considerations (not a rigging certification class)
Course 5       March 19            Crane Ops & Lift Planning
Course 6       March 25            Supervisor Safety Responsibilities
Course 7       April 1                 Project Safety Planning
Course 8       April 8                 Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
Course 9       April 15              Incident Reporting & Investigation
Course 10     April 22              Managing OSHA Inspections 

Registration fees begin at $30/class including training materials, with discounts available for multiple class and group registrations. All courses will be available both “live” with real-time Q & A and on-demand. Participants receive a certificate of completion for each course completed.  Those who complete the entire 10-course program will receive special recognition on our website and at METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 6-8. Click here to register for one or more METALFOCUS courses. 

“Metal building construction presents unique safety concerns,” says Judy Geller, METLACON’s Vice President of Tradeshows.“That’s why we’ve lined up a stellar safety program with one of the best in the industry and will continue to deliver exceptional programming year-round―and until we meet again in person―for a new and exciting world-class event in Tampa.” 

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Stand-on Electric Powered Forklift Designed for Narrow Aisles and an Order Picker for Versatile Operation

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference on February 3rd. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications.

The development of this model was influenced by customer feedback – as has often been the case with Combilift’s innovations – as well as the recent soaring growth of e-commerce. “Customers already using the Aisle Master for space saving, storage and efficiency in their warehouse asked if we could redevelop the Aisle Master to meet their ever-growing demand for order picking customized orders”, said Combilift CEO Martin McVicar.

Research & Development carried out in 2019 & 2020 has created the Aisle Master-OP. The main feature of this unit is the step-through operator compartment which has design copyright protection (U.S. Design Application No. 29/541,841) across multiple markets worldwide. The low floor height of just 11” enables convenient, single step access from both sides of the truck which speeds up order picking compared to the operator having to get on and off from a seated position. The AME-OP truck has all the key advantages of the conventional Aisle Master – indoor/outdoor, for loading/offloading and for stock replenishment at other times during shifts when order picking is complete.

The Aisle Master-OP is available in a number of variants, with lift capacities up to 3,300-6,000lbs, lift heights up to 39ft and can operate in aisles as narrow as 72”.  It features a patented chain steering system (U.S. Patent No. 9,586,798), which allows the truck to articulate more than 205°, with an inline drive motor and front drive axle assembly, all of which enable narrower aisle operation. The multifunctional programmable joy stick control lever in the operator compartment, which includes controls for the hydraulics and traction, is adjustable to enable comfortable and ergonomic working conditions for operators of all sizes. The Operator Presence Detection floor pad engages the parking brake automatically when the operator steps off the truck to carry out Order Picking. 

“Before we officially launch any new model, Combilift carry out extensive field testing on customer’s sites, this was the case with the Aisle Master-OP”, said Martin McVicar. The AME-OP is now a production model within Combilift, with units currently in build for customers in the United States and in New Zealand – one of which is Sorted Logistics based in Christchurch New Zealand, a third-party logistics provider and freight forwarder who will be receiving eight AME-OP units shortly.

“This is a major innovation in the warehousing sector,” added Martin, “and the versatility to use the one Aisle Master for multiple applications – narrow aisle operation, truck to rack handling, bulk picking and item order picking – will result in strong demand for this new product in our home and export markets around the world.”   

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MRA Launches Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition for 2021

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has kicked off its 2021 Best Residential Metal Roofing Project quarterly competition, and this year the opportunity to enter is open to both the trades and homeowners.

Designed to honor the most stylish, creative and effective use of metal roofing, the MRA will select one winner each quarter based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at Winners will be highlighted on MRA’s website and digital channels and will receive a $200 prize. MRA’s quarterly honorees for 2021 will be selected in March, June, September and December and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered (see MRA website for specific details and rules).

“Homeowners tell us how much they love their metal roof and what a difference it has made to their home,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “This competition is designed to show off how quality metal roofing is being used in amazing ways—from accentuating beautiful architectural style to effectively boosting a home’s long-lasting resiliency and protection.”

Last year’s winners of MRA’s Best Residential Metal Roofing competition demonstrate the variety and uniqueness of past entries received. They included the installation of a new metal roof on a historic Georgetown, Texas home built in the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places, completed by Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals (Q1 winner); a metal roof replacement designed for extreme winter storm protection for a 1992 contemporary craftsman home in New Hampshire, completed by New England Metal Systems and Drexel Metals (Q2 winner); the installation of a new metal roof on a 10 year-old Tulsa, Okla. home whose original asphalt roof had been severely damaged by hail, completed by Boral Steel and NICHTECH (Q-3 winner); and an incredible ultra-modern, curved metal roof installed on a newly-constructed home in Austin, Texas, designed by Bercy Chen Studio  and completed by Green Knight Metal Roofing and McElroy Metal (Q-4 winner).

“Architects, builders, contractors and homeowners take a lot of pride in the decision to use a quality metal roof and that dedication to excellence shows in the great work being done out there. We look forward to seeing what this year has in store when it comes to outstanding metal roofing projects,” said Ramey.

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USGBC Elects New Members and Officers to its 2021 Board of Directors

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced newly elected members to its 2021 board of directors. The members bring leadership and expertise in such areas as community development, the connection between human and environmental health, equity and sustainable real estate development. The members were selected to help further align activities with USGBC’s new vision, healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy. The board also announced its 2021 officers.

“USGBC’s board of directors brings diverse leadership, experience and insights to advance our mission of green buildings for all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The intersecting environmental, social and economic challenges our communities and businesses are facing requires us to leverage the full power of the green building community to shape a healthier, more sustainable world. We welcome our newly elected members and are grateful to the entire board for their continued guidance of our strategic plan.”  

Elected members include Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director for Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE). His work at Harvard C-CHANGE examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policymakers and the public. He is also a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bernstein was re-elected to a two-year term.

Anyeley Hallová is the founder of Adre and brings 17 years of experience from mixed-use developments to office headquarters. She founded Adre, a real estate development firm focused on real estate projects that seek to create wealth for the Black community and underrepresented groups that traditionally lack access to real estate ownership and investment. Her civic work includes a governor appointment to Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission, where she serves as vice-chair and a mayoral appointment to Portland’s Adjustment Committee, Community Involvement Committee for the Portland Plan and Policy Expert Group for Residential Development and Compatibility for the Comp Plan. Ms. Hallová was elected to a two-year term.

Dr. Ruth Thomas-Squance is the director of Field Building at the Build Healthy Places Network where she directs the organization’s national Field Building Strategy, positioning cross-sector partnerships from community development, public health and healthcare sectors to lead and leverage community-centered investments across the country to address social determinants of health and advance racial equity. She brings 15 years of experience working in multi-sector collaborations with diverse partners. Dr. Thomas-Squance’s passion for contributing to the promotion of health and social equity has taken her from a successful career in biomedical research to management in the non-profit and public sectors.

Lakisha Ann Woods is the president and CEO at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) where she leads the organization in advancing building science and technology. Prior to NIBS, Woods was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the National Association of Home Builders where she oversaw all marketing, revenue-generating programs and national partnerships. Woods currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives board of directors and Advisory Board of Crosswalk. She was re-elected to a three-year term.

Dr. Marwa Zaatari is a partner at Dzine Partners and co-chair of enVerid Systems Advisory Board. She leads research and development of “Air as a Service” around heat exchanger coils, ventilation, filtration and IAQ measurements. Her work continues to advance building science methods in assessing performance-based procedures to design and operate buildings to optimize energy and people efficiency. Dr. Zaatari has extensive experience in identifying and quantifying the sources, fate and transport of indoor air pollutants, as well as assessing performance related to energy efficiency, exposure and economic impacts of indoor pollution. Dr. Zaatari was elected to a three-year term.

These elected board members will join USGBC’s CEO and two additional members: Daniel McQuade, managing director at Global Infrastructure Solutions and Karen Weigert, executive vice president of business strategy, finance and regional operations at Slipstream.

The board elected Dr. Aaron Bernstein as chair; Lakisha Ann Woods as vice chair; and Karen Weigert as secretary-treasurer.  

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Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s Patio Plaza Gets an Upgrade

The second-floor patio deck of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club was removed and replaced with a new system featuring fully adhered Versico TPO membrane beneath Hanover Porcelain Pavers. Photos: Versico

Located along the shore of northern Lake Michigan, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club (BHYC) is a stately building surrounded by natural beauty. In addition to a deep-water marina and sandy beach, members of this luxurious private club have access to a pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a variety of restaurants, from upscale to casual.

One of the most popular spots in the BHYC is the large, tiled patio deck that extends off the second-floor ballroom. The patio deck, which also serves as the roof of the spa’s outdoor relaxation area, provides a laid-back atmosphere for people to eat, drink, spend time with friends, and listen to live music while taking in spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

Crews from Doyle Roofing installed the 135-mil VersiFleece TPO using Flexible DASH adhesive.

In 2020, the patio needed repairs. The old tile pavers were damaged, resulting in leaks in the outdoor spa area below. A new system was designed that used a fully adhered 135-mil VersiFleece TPO membrane beneath Hanover Porcelain Pavers, which would provide much better waterproofing protection than the previous coating/tile paver system.

Doyle Roofing, Inc., was selected for the BHYC project based on the company’s 40-year track record of high-quality work all over northern Michigan. The Doyle Roofing team is trained and experienced in the installation of a wide variety of roofing systems on both new construction and re-roofing projects.

Removal and Replacement

The project started with removing the old tile pavers and coating system down to the concrete deck. Then the Doyle Roofing crew primed the concrete deck with Versico’s CAV-GRIP 3V Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer. CAV-GRIP 3V can be used in a wide range of temperatures, is low-odor and low-VOC, sets up quickly, and is easy to apply.

Hanover Porcelain Pavers were selected for their durability and aesthetics.

After priming, Doyle Roofing applied Versico’s Flexible DASH, a two-part urethane adhesive, to the deck. Flexible DASH is VOC-free, energy-absorbing, and impact-resistant, and it allows for a quick and totally non-penetrating system. Once the Flexible DASH set up, the crew then installed a 135-mil VersiFleece TPO membrane. VersiFleece TPO offers exceptional waterproofing protection, as well as durability, flexibility, and toughness due to its thickness, reinforcing scrim, and polyester fleece backing.

After the membrane installation was complete, it was time to install the paver system. The crew loose-laid a drainage/protection mat over the VersiFleece membrane, then installed the pedestal paver system. Versico’s Hanover Porcelain Pavers were selected because they are ideal for use as outdoor flooring. Porcelain Pavers are hard-wearing, anti-slip, weather-resistant, and capable of withstanding heavy loads without compromising aesthetics. These pavers are quick and easy to install and are resistant to acid, chemicals, mold, and salt.

The project was completed in May 2020. Work was completed in approximately one month. The Doyle Roofing crew reported that the job was made much simpler by the use of Flexible DASH Adhesive, which sets up much more quickly than standard bonding adhesives and allowed them to compete more work in less time.

BHYC’s new and improved patio plaza will provide a welcoming place for members to gather and socialize for years to come, while Versico’s VersiFleece membrane will keep the fitness center below dry and protected against leaks.


Roofing Contractor: Doyle Inc. Roofing Contractors, Cheboygan and Petoskey, Michigan,


Membrane: 135-mil VersiFleece TPO, Versico,

Pedestal System: Hanover Porcelain Tile Pedestal Pavers,