Following are the studies, programs and projects that are currently in progress. Regular status reports are given to Alliance members at their annual April and fall meetings.
Helping our Own—ongoing (2007—funding is approved on an as-need basis—$90,383 has been distributed to date to a total of five individuals and/or families). In 2007, The Alliance expanded its funding initiatives to helping our own, which includes reaching out to the roofing community and its members and helping fund projects dedicated to good works and charitable giving. The funding mission expansion serves to balance the programs supported by the Alliance to enable it to affect more lives in the roofing industry. Through a nomination process, the Alliance recognizes and identifies the challenges associated with life-changing events and provides assistance to create sustainable solutions for individuals or families in need.
Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program—ongoing (2007—$650,000 [$400,000 scholarship funds collected since the Alliance’s inception plus $250,000 designated for the next five years.]) The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program was established with a unanimous vote among Alliance members. Not only does the program recognize Melvin Kruger as a great industry leader but also as a person who has devoted much of his life to the cause of education. The ongoing goal is to create a permanent scholarship fund of at least $2 million so that a minimum of $100,000 in scholarships can be awarded annually. Annual scholarships in the amount of $5,000 are awarded to post-secondary students from NRCA contractor and supplier member firms. With the 2017-18 school year, a total of $735,000 has been awarded to 122 students.
Employee Outreach—committed, ongoing program (2016—$12,000; 2017—$17,000) This initiative is for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes employees for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the roofing industry. The program identifies and honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers each year. The winners are recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, which is held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo.
Construction Management Schools Initiative—committed, ongoing program (2013—$34,281; 2014—$60,000; 2015—$28,752 ; 2016—$95,000; 2017—$103,500) This initiative involves developing relationships with faculty and students in construction management schools with the following goals: (1) To develop roofing-specific material that can be integrated into current course curricula. (2) To develop an internship program for students. (3) To offer faculty and student scholarships. (4) To conduct student competitions where students are given a complex roofing issue to solve. Finalist teams then attend the International Roofing Expo, where they present their final report to a panel of judges. (5) To develop a faculty research program. (6) To establish student chapters or clubs for students interested in exploring careers in roofing.
CM Cares (2015—$50,000 pledged over five years until 2020) Housed in the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, CM CARES is a service learning initiative focused on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to assist with construction-related projects for people with special needs or local community service agencies needing assistance.
National Women in Roofing (2016—$20,000 for a two-year period) The NWIR will use the funds as part of start-up costs for the emerging association, including development of an association website; overall communications; database development; and ongoing education, mentoring, recruiting and networking opportunities.
ProCertification Series, NRCA’s National Training Program Initiative (2016—$150,000; 2017—$100,000) The goal of the initiative is to address the roofing industry’s workforce needs with the goal of recruiting, training and retaining a workforce that is appropriate for the industry’s needs in the 21stcentury. The plan is to develop a structured, nationally recognized worker training program—ProCertification Series—that will include some 30 different training topics and a series of “microcredentials” that students will earn along the way. A funding mechanism will be developed whereby students will be charged an annual licensing fee to access all the programs that are developed, most of which will be delivered electronically. (The Alliance is to receive 25 percent of revenue until the investment amount is reached, after which the Alliance will receive a 10 percent royalty for an additional five years.)
NRCA Silica Objective Data Collection Project (2017—$50,000) On Sept. 12, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on worker exposure to silica. The proposed OSHA rule would require employers to conduct air monitoring in work areas where there is reason to suspect silica exposure may exceed 25 micrograms per cubic meter on an eight-hour, time-weighted average basis. NRCA is conducting air monitoring on select roofing job sites. The goal is to catalog details of roofing tasks and processes that could form the basis for industry-wide objective data and possibly reduce the burden of the new regulation on our members. NRCA believes it is crucial to identify and establish exposure data to develop a comprehensive document that may be relied on by roofing contractors to assist with compliance with OSHA rules and ensure the health and safety of roofing workers who may be concerned with exposures to respirable crystalline silica.
Moisture Release in Concrete Roof Decks Study (2017—$105,000) In 2016, NRCA and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association undertook an initial research study with Structural Research Inc. (SRI), Middleton, Wis., to better understand the moisture release and drying characteristics of normal-weight and lightweight structural concrete roof decks. SRI has proposed a second phase to the research study to build upon the findings of the initial phase and develop specific guidelines for the roofing industry’s use. This additional research will be used to develop a model providing specific recommendations for addressing concrete deck moisture in the various climatic regions of North America.
Gold Circle Awards Program—committed, ongoing (2017—$15,000) This program annually recognizes Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding contributions to the roofing industry, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services completed between June 1 and May 31. The categories include: Outstanding Workmanship—Low-slope (3:12 or less) and Outstanding Workmanship—Steep-slope (greater than 3:12); Innovative Solutions—New Construction and Innovative Solutions—Reroofing; and Safety—accident-free projects where public protection challenges were at the forefront of the job elements and dominated the scope of work, demanding creative safety solutions or implementation of safety procedures that were uniquely challenging or extensively involved multiple trades. The winners are recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, which is held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Nationwide Partnership (2017—$50,000) Through this partnership, Alliance members will endeavor to inspect, maintain, repair and (whenever possible) replace the roofs on the 165 Ronald McDonald houses throughout the U.S. The core purpose of the Ronald McDonald houses is to provide homes for family members of children who are being treated at a hospital. Many of the children have cancer; others were born prematurely. The houses provide private sleeping rooms and meals and pride themselves on offering opportunities for families to interact as they go through their difficult times. Families are asked to pay a nominal fee (about $10 per day) to stay in one of the houses, but no family is turned away if the fee is problematic. The Alliance plans to identify one or more Alliance members (or NRCA members if Alliance members are not available) to align with each house. Those members will conduct regular inspections of the houses’ roof systems, ensure they are properly maintained, perform repairs when necessary and be involved when the roof systems need to be replaced.
Committed/Continued project funding for 2018-19
(included as separate line items in budget)
$ 16,000 — Employee Outreach Program (MVP)
$111,400 — Construction Management Schools Initiative
$ 10,000 — CM Cares (a total of $50,000 was pledged – $10,000 per year
for five years until 2020)
$ 11,500 — Gold Circle Awards Program
$ 25,000 — NRCA Silica Objective Data Collection Project
$ 82,970 — Alliance-RMHC Partnership (includes sponsorship, funds earmarked
for use with projects and administrative expenses)
$256,870 — total committed
NEW project funding for 2018-19
$ 25,000 — National Women in Roofing Diamond Sponsorship
$281,870 total funding for 2018-19
A TOTAL OF 46 PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED to date — $5,383,923