MidSouth Construction LLC Is Accepting Nominations for Roof Campaign

MidSouth Construction LLC announced it is accepting nominations for its No Roof Left Behind Campaign. This nationwide program provides free roofs to local community members in need.

Nominations are being accepted at RoofingbyMidSouth.com now through Dec. 31, 2016. The process is simple. Anyone can participate and nominate a friend, neighbor or family member in need of a new roof. Everyone is encouraged to get the word out and nominate those in need! From the submissions, four finalists will be selected for the final online public voting campaign.

The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed on Midsouth Construction’s No Roof Left Behind homepage. A direct link to this page will also be placed on their main webpage to ensure access for everyone. Starting on Jan. 15, the public will be able to vote for the finalist they feel is most deserving. The winner will be revealed online on Feb. 25, 2017.

Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Davidson or Rutherford County. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. Nominees will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2016. A team of local volunteers will review all the nominees and four will be selected as finalists. 

Midsouth Construction LLC joined the No Roof Left Behind initiative as a way to give back to the Davidson and Rutherford County that has brought them success as a roofing contractor headquartered in Nashville. Owner Austin Burton had this to say about the program. “We are proud to be part of No Roof Left Behind. The positive impact this initiative has on members of the community is something that can’t be described. It is an honor to be able to launch this here. We look forward to seeing our neighbors and customers come together to help one of our own in need.”

Other local businesses are invited to participate as sponsors or volunteers. “No Roof Left Behind is a great way to rally the community together,” said Austin Burton. “There is something for everyone to play a part. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out. Whether looking to donate services, products or time just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”  

For more information about MidSouth Construction LLC and the No Roof Left Behind program, please call 615-712-8893 or visit here

ICMA and TSF Launch SolSmart Designation Program

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) launched the SolSmart designation program. SolSmart will recognize leading solar cities and counties, as well as empower new communities to advance through no-cost technical assistance.

A core component of the technical assistance program are the SolSmart Advisors, fully-funded temporary staff embedded in up to 40 communities to help each achieve designation. Communities interested in pursuing SolSmart designation, receiving technical assistance, and applying to host an advisor can learn more and take action on SolSmart’s website.

SolSmart is funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative through the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity. Over the three-year, federally-funded portion of the program, SolSmart will recognize more than 300 communities that cut red tape around going solar and make it possible for more American homes and businesses to use solar energy to meet their electricity needs.

SolSmart national designation will signal that a community is “open for [solar] business,” helping to attract local economic development and create solar jobs. Attracting new solar businesses can help communities deliver cost savings for solar customers and local governments while new solar installations can help communities achieve their climate goals.

“Our city has worked hard to make solar more affordable and easier for our residents and small businesses to install,” says City Manager Scott Wingerson of Gladstone, Mo. “We have seen firsthand how our actions have led to considerable social and economic benefits locally. The solar panels that have been installed at our water treatment plant have served to partially offset the annual utility costs at this facility. Solar gives us another tool to help manage operational costs. SolSmart presents cities and counties nationwide with an opportunity to realize similar benefits, and I encourage every community to join Gladstone and get involved.”

The SolSmart program seeks to address solar “soft costs,” which are business processes or administrative costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Local governments are in a unique position to reduce these costs and to promote the use of solar in their jurisdictions.

SolSmart offers three levels of designation: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Communities can earn points to achieve designation tiers by taking action across eight categories. To achieve designation, communities must meet minimum requirements pertaining to two main categories: permitting, as well as planning, zoning and development regulations. SolSmart communities then have flexibility in achieving the remaining points toward designation in six special-focus categories.

“The role of local governments in building stronger and more resilient communities has never been greater,” says ICMA Executive Director Robert J. O’Neill Jr. “Cities, towns and counties consume a large portion of the nation’s electricity, which is why they can also have a significant impact on the financial, environmental, and economic health of the country by adopting solar energy technologies. The SolSmart program will recognize that impact.”

ICMA will lead the effort to designate communities under SolSmart by reviewing applications and determining whether a community meets the criteria for designation. Communities that apply and do not reach the base designation level will be referred to TSF and their team to receive no-cost technical assistance to help the community qualify for designation. The SolSmart technical assistance program includes the opportunity for communities to host fully-funded temporary staff called SolSmart Advisors. These program ambassadors will travel to communities selected through an open, competitive process and provide personalized, hands-on assistance to help each host community achieve SolSmart designation.

“The Solar Foundation and its technical assistance partners have extensive experience working with communities to implement best practices,” says Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “We look forward to collaborating with local governments on SolSmart to tackle soft cost barriers and establish robust solar markets. Additionally, we are excited to roll out the SolSmart Advisors program, and encourage all communities pursuing designation to apply to host an Advisor by mid-June.”

ICMA will be supported by the National Civic League, Home Innovation Research Labs, Meister Consultants Group, and TSF. Joining TSF on the technical assistance team are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Meister Consultants Group, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Regulatory Assistance Project, and Brooks Engineering.

Earn Rewards by Installing Atlas Pro Roofing Products

The newly revised Atlas Pro Plus program makes it easier than ever for contractors to earn rewards for the thousands of Atlas shingles laid and nails driven throughout the year.

By enrolling in the Atlas Pro Plus program, every installation of a Signature Select Roofing System or Atlas shingle squares moves you one step closer to a free iPad, Drone or Tundra Cooler, as well as a variety other prizes and business building tools.

To get started, first register on the Atlas Pro website, which is free and easy to do. After registering, login to the Atlas Pro control panel, submit the completed jobs and the corresponding warranties via the “Manage Jobs” form. Once approved, the account will be updated to reflect the total number of Atlas shingle squares and Signature Select Roofing System installations. It will always display exactly how many installations have been completed, and how many more are needed to reach the next reward level.

Annual achievements are split into three distinct levels (Silver, Gold and Platinum). To make sure more contractors are able to take advantage of all the great rewards, the number of squares needed to reach entry level (Silver) has now been cut in half.

Reduce Cost of Managing Subcontractor Reports While Increasing Transparency

NoteVault's program, One Team. One Report., enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

NoteVault’s program, One Team. One Report., enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

NoteVault, a provider of mobile reporting solutions, launched a program designed to increase transparency, while reducing administration costs of managing subcontractor reports on large, complicated building or engineering projects. The program One Team. One Report. enables construction companies to invite subcontractors to contribute project documentation to any project within their account at no cost to either the contractor or the subcontractor.

The One Team. One Report. program enables subcontractors to post notes, photos and labor to any project at no cost, no matter how many subcontractor companies are working on the project. Each subcontractor is allocated an individual NoteVault account. NoteVault links the subcontractor project to the construction company project report. This results in a professional daily report, including all subcontractor notes collated for easy reference, delivered every day or on demand. Plus, subcontractors receive their own reports for their work.

A NoteVault Account includes:

  • NoteVault Daily Reporting Platform.
  • Notes! app for Android or iOS.
  • Activities Labor, Materials and Equipment app for Android or iOS.
  • Immediate notification of incidents/accidents through keyword notification.
  • Collaboration with colleagues using the comment feature.
  • Professional­­ human transcription (available for an additional charge).

METALCON Helps Veterans in Local Community

The metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions gives back to the local community during its 25th annual METALCON tradeshow and conference taking place Oct. 14-16 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

METALCON is partnering with the America’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. armed forces’ veterans, to raise money for military veterans in need of care at Tampa’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.

METALCON is no stranger to the local community. At METALCON 2006 in Tampa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell ‘Russ’ Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla., was awarded a new, ADA-compliant accessible home through METALCON’s annual giving back program. Marek who was severely injured in 2005 while serving in Iraq spent more than a year recuperating at Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, which opened its Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in 2014—this year’s recipient of METALCON’s giving back program.

The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is one of five facilities in the U.S. designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and servicemembers who have experienced severe injuries.

Staff Sgt. Marek suffered serious injuries when his tank was destroyed by enemy fire. His right arm and leg were severed, in addition to parts of his right ear and left hand. He also suffered severe head trauma and burns to more than 20 percent of his body. “To date, Russ has made amazing progress in his recovery and soon is expected to be walking without assistance,” says Russ’ father, Paul Marek Sr.

METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne was incredibly moved by Staff Sgt. Marek’s courage and determination to move forward. Having maintained a strong relationship over the years with Marek and his family, they look forward to joining together at METALCON’S 25th anniversary celebration.

Knowing many more young military heroes exist, Kilcoyne announces METALCON’s giving back program will continue to benefit the America’s Fund throughout each year, assisting military in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

“Going forward we want to ensure METALCON’s giving back efforts benefit those brave individuals who’ve put their futures on the line to make all of us safer and able to enjoy all of the freedoms we have,” says Kilcoyne. “By affiliating with America’s Fund, we open the door for more recipients and donations on an ongoing basis, not just at our annual event.”

Donations can be made to America’s Fund throughout the year and can be applied to specific programs or veterans upon request.

America’s Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. It is a self-funded program of the Semper Fi Fund. Since its inception in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $100 million in support to veterans and their families.

“We are honored to be chosen as the official charity of METALCON; their support will make a difference in the lives of so many service members and their loved ones,” says Karen Guenther, CEO and president, Semper Fi Fund.

Contributions to the America’s Fund can be made on the METALCON website or in the exhibit hall at The Deck, booth 973. Army Staff Sgt. Marek, along with America’s Fund representatives and METALCON management will be available for comment at the booth on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Touch-enabled Tool Makes Lean Planning and Execution Easily Accessible

MOCA's Touchplan.

MOCA’s Touchplan.

MOCA launches Touchplan, a real-time collaborative planning web application for lean planning designed for modern workflows used by high-performance project teams.

MOCA has taken the ‘sticky’, added some computer genius and created a simple yet powerful touch-enabled tool designed to make lean planning and execution easy and accessible to everyone.

With Touchplan, team members collectively establish an overall work plan with virtual stickies and, as work advances, use the same environment to sharpen their plan for upcoming weeks. The effects of these refinements translate immediately to the entire plan, and what-if scenarios can readily be evaluated to address any concerns that arise. Visit Touchplan.io for further information.