Roofing BC, Fall 2012

Hiring a professional clean-up crew can help address roofer shortage By Karen McCluskey With an industry-wide shortage of qualified roofers, many companies struggle to find crews to fill all the potential job opportunities out there. This challenge led the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) to launch Asphalt Gals Recycling Limited which handles site preparation and clean- up on re-roofing projects. Roofers can focus on roofing “Essentially, we help roofing companies keep their skilled roofers on the roof instead of dividing their time between roofing and site maintenance,” explains Shawn Bayes, executive director of EFry. “Companies who have used our services tell us it enables them to complete their jobs in half the time.” Asphalt Gals cleans up tear-off and sends the material to recycling rather than landfill. It handles all aspects of off-roof site clean-up from protecting landscaping and laying tarps, to supplying bins as required, to site clean-up that includes removing nails and other debris. Crews are set up to manage all types of tear-off from asphalt to cedar conversions. As a social enterprise, Asphalt Gals is a for-profit business that supports the charitable work of EFry. In addition to benefitting roofers and the environment, Asphalt Gals was created to provide training and employment to EFry’s clients: women who have struggled with difficult lives that often include homelessness, conflict with the criminal justice system or addiction. PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENT NO. 40014608 RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES TO: Roofing Contractors Association of BC 9734 201 Street Langley, BC Canada V1M 3E8 THE VOICE OF PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS Vol. 9, No. 3 • FALL 2012 FALL 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: ASPHALT GALS continued page 4 FEATURES: Asphalt Gals: taking a load off ..........................1 NRC tests mechanically attached roofing systems ........ 5 Contractor profile: Mainline Roofing........................ 8 Project profile: Peace Canyon Dam ..................12 ASSOCIATION: President’s message .................. 3 Residential steep slope training starts in 2013 ........... 10 INDUSTRY NEWS: BCCA recruits Irish workers ..... 6 Building permits on rise ........... 6 Projects calling for bids ............ 6 Crane Safety Council forms ...... 7 Beedie to build in Coquitlam..11 Vicwest, All Weather post website ...............................16 Manufacturers challenge LEED changes ........................... 17 VRCA names finalists .............. 17 BC’s tallest new towers .......... 18 Firestone tech rep to retire .... 19 Rooftop garden growing........ 19 Brock White buys Steels ......... 20 WorkSafeBC conducts enforcement blitz ..................... 21 Province claims role in new Atlas Roofing plant......... 21 COLUMN Legal Affairs: Business succession................. 22 Dam! Peace Canyon Dam project both complex and unique. See page 12 Taking a load off Asphalt Gals remove used shingles from a jobsite.


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Hiring a professionalclean-up crew can helpaddress roofer shortageBy Karen McCluskey

With an industry-wide shortage ofqualified roofers, many companiesstruggle to find crews to fill all thepotential job opportunities outthere. This challenge led theElizabeth Fry Society of GreaterVancouver (EFry) to launch Asphalt

Gals Recycling Limited whichhandles site preparation and clean-up on re-roofing projects.Roofers can focus on roofing

“Essentially, we help roofingcompanies keep their skilled rooferson the roof instead of dividing theirtime between roofing and sitemaintenance,” explains ShawnBayes, executive director of EFry.“Companies who have used ourservices tell us it enables them to

complete their jobs in half the time.”Asphalt Gals cleans up tear-off

and sends the material to recyclingrather than landfill. It handles allaspects of off-roof site clean-upfrom protecting landscaping andlaying tarps, to supplying bins asrequired, to site clean-up thatincludes removing nails and otherdebris. Crews are set up to manageall types of tear-off from asphalt tocedar conversions.

As a social enterprise, AsphaltGals is a for-profit business thatsupports the charitable work ofEFry. In addition to benefittingroofers and the environment,Asphalt Gals was created to providetraining and employment to EFry’sclients: women who have struggledwith difficult lives that often includehomelessness, conflict with thecriminal justice system or addiction.



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ASPHALT GALS continued page 4

FEATURES:Asphalt Gals:taking a load off..........................1NRC tests mechanically attached roofing systems ........ 5Contractor profile: Mainline Roofing........................ 8Project profile: Peace Canyon Dam ..................12

ASSOCIATION:President’s message .................. 3Residential steep slope training starts in 2013 ........... 10

INDUSTRY NEWS:BCCA recruits Irish workers ..... 6Building permits on rise ........... 6Projects calling for bids ............ 6Crane Safety Council forms...... 7Beedie to build in Coquitlam..11Vicwest, All Weather post website ...............................16Manufacturers challenge LEED changes........................... 17VRCA names finalists.............. 17BC’s tallest new towers .......... 18Firestone tech rep to retire .... 19Rooftop garden growing........ 19Brock White buys Steels......... 20WorkSafeBC conductsenforcement blitz ..................... 21Province claims role in new Atlas Roofing plant......... 21

COLUMNLegal Affairs: Business succession................. 22

Dam!Peace Canyon Dam project bothcomplex and unique. See page 12

Taking a load off Asphalt Gals remove usedshingles from a jobsite.

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Roofing BC is published quarterly onbehalf of the Roofing ContractorsAssociation of BC and the professionalroofing industry by Market AssistCommunications Inc.

Roofing BC online at: www.rcabc.orgManaging Editor and PublisherJ. Michael SiddallPhone: 604-740-8369E-mail: [email protected]

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While information contained in thispublication has been compiled fromsources deemed to be reliable, neitherthe publisher nor the RCABC will be heldliable for errors or omissions. The opinions expressed in the editorialand advertisements are not necessarilythose of the publisher or RCABC.

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From the President

A newperspectiveIn the last edition of Roofing BC, I concluded by informing you that I was leaving on vacation to Europe.I will share some of my experiencethere, but through the eyes of acontractor. It was sometimesdifficult to entirely remove workfrom the mind.

First, I had to redefine the term“old”. We often refer to an old roofwhen it reaches an age of 15 to 25years, depending on the materialused; and a really old building onthe west coast is approximately 100years in age, if it still exists. A 100year old building in Europe wouldbe considered new when comparedto their old buildings. A few yearsago, my aunt who livesin Germany, had tomove out of her oldhome that wasconstructed about1,000 years ago, as itreached the end of itslife. Granted there wereseveral renovationsover this time period.The oldest building Ivisited was the VeronaArena in Italy, built inAD30. It is still holding up well andstill actively being used. About 50operas were performed there duringthis summer, using the same soundsystem as when the arena wasconstructed. With the number of

“old” buildings in Europe,the restoration businessappears healthy,countering thedeterioration caused overtime.

Today, mostconstruction projectschedules are measuredin months or years if theyare a mega project, suchas the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Project inGreater Vancouver.Contrast this to a largeconstruction project suchas a cathedral in Europe,which often tookhundreds of years to construct. Thelife of a project was generationslong to complete, never mind thereconstruction work requiredbecause of wars. The architect oftendid not see the completion of his

design. It was probablethat someone workingon the foundation ofthe cathedral did notreach the ground floorin his life time. I alsohad to wonder what fallprotection plan workershad in place installingthe roof systems onthese magnificentbuildings. Reviewingsome pictures, I believe

it was only prayer.Walking through Venice, Italy on

one occasion stopped me dead inmy tracks. I was watching themovement of materials at aconstruction project, and was

curious on their approach as thiscity is accessible only by boat or onfoot. I could not help but think ofthe man hours required to load thematerials, both new and old, ontothe boat, often only four feet wideto fit the narrow canals, unload andtransport by hand or cart throughthe streets that are sometimes sonarrow that two people cannot walkside by side, up and over thebridges built with stairs. Not tomention completing this withoutinconvenience to the visitors. Thistranslates to expensive. No wonderthat housing units are rented orsold furnished, or the furniture youdo buy comes in a box to beassembled.

The advancement of technologyin building construction was alsoevident. Walls that were constructedover several feet wide in oldbuildings are now constructed justseveral inches wide. Just compare

the structure of the Eiffel Toweragainst the old cathedrals. Theadvancement of building technologyand construction methods haveresulted from creative thinking andcontinuing education together withpractical experience.

The arrival of the fall season isalso the season of education,including the apprenticeshipprograms we offer: Roofing,Architectural Sheet Metal and soonSteep Roofing. RCABC endeavoursto bring together the wisdom andexperience from our design,inspection, material manufacturerand contractor groups to further theadvancement of our industry.

This edition also concludes mycontribution to Roofing BCmagazine. It has been an honour tosit as your president.

Laurence Matzek, President, Roofing Contractors

Association of British Columbia ■

Laurence Matzek

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The work gives them anopportunity to reclaim their lives.

“The roofing industry is a naturalfit for our women, who are bettersuited to non-traditional types ofemployment,” says Bayes. “One ofthe key factors in women beingable to walk away from their pastlives is having steady employmentthat pays a living wage. Each of our“gals” appreciates the opportunityto work and likes the feeling ofbeing good at what they do. It’ssatisfying to see a clean job siteand know you did it.”

To ensure the venture’scontinued operation, Bayes saysunderstanding roofing companies’needs and how their service canbest support them has been criticalin the development of Asphalt Gals’offering.

“We knew there was a roofershortage and that it limits the workcompanies can do, even preventingsome from bidding on jobs if theyaren’t sure they’ll get the crews,”she says. “We have been fortunatethat roofing leaders like RCABCmembers Bollman and Transwestwere willing to share their industryknowledge with us, explaining notonly how they work but why theywork the way they do. That hasbeen instrumental in developing anoffering that benefits everyoneinvolved. Bollman sharedeverything from how roofing ispriced to their safety procedures.”

A key learning was thathomeowners put great value on

having the sites kept clean duringre-roofing projects. Consequently,the amount torn off is limited to thenumber of squares a crew can re-roof in a day. In standard practice,crews can only roof part of the day.With Asphalt Gals, they can teartwice as much because once theytie off, there is no need to comedown from the roof.

“Initially, there’s a period ofadjustment for roofers,” says Bayes.

“They aren’t used to how muchmore they can actually do if theydon’t waste time coming down fromthe roof for clean-up. The womenare also able to work easily in tightspaces and are more nimble sincethey haven’t spent the years ofwear on their knees that roofershave.”

“I think the Asphalt Gals offeringhas a lot of potential,” says MikeMitchell of Bollman Roofing. “When

EFry came to us with the idea Ithought it would be a good thingfor the industry. We knew of theirgood work and had donated tothem over the years, so we werehappy to share our knowledge withthem. Getting jobs done morequickly would help with the roofershortage a lot and I also happen tothink it’s great tokeep people off thestreet and get themworking.”

While someroofing companieshad been initiallyreluctant to have female crews onthe job, it hasn’t been an issue, aseach essentially has their ownworksite either on or above ground.Feedback has been overwhelminglypositive. Homeowners in particularhave expressed satisfaction withhaving women on site, both forperceived enhancement to safetyand the women’s attention to detail.

“People seem to like the care ourfolks take in protecting thelandscaping,” Bayes says. “We havealso developed a reputation forleaving a very clean site, with aparticular focus on removing anystray nails because homeowners,both in stratas and single familyhomes, don’t take kindly topunctured tires.”Environmental sustainabilityenhances competitiveness

While some roofing companiesdump used asphalt shingles,Asphalt Gals recycles them. Due totheir high oil content, old shingles

pollute the water table and don’tbiodegrade but they do easilyrecycle into fuel or products likenew roads. Recycled asphalt evenoutperforms its virgin counterpartwhen turned into blacktop, lastinglonger and therefore being morecost-effective.

Recycling asphalt is usually onpar or lessexpensive thandumping. Divertingused shingles fromlandfills creates ahost ofenvironmental

benefits, which position roofingcompanies more competitively forgovernment contracts.

Both provincial and municipalgovernments use a scorecard toassess potential contractors fortheir environmental and socialresponsibility. While recycling canearn partial marks, using acompany like Asphalt Gals enablesroofing companies to score fullmarks by providing directly linkedsocial benefits to their communityby giving others a hand up. HiringAsphalt Gals makes senseenvironmentally, socially and for acompany’s bottom line.

Asphalt Gals is currently the onlyenterprise offering site clean-upand recycling services. For moreinformation, or phone604-582-1044. ■

Karen McCluskey is an accredited communicatorworking with the Elizabeth Fry Society of GreaterVancouver.

An Asphalt Gals crew at workon a Bollman re-roofing project

ASPHALT GALS cont’d from page 1

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NRC: MARSair intrusiontested Which air barriersprovide the best airintrusion protection?By Dermot Mack

“Air intrusion: when theconditioned indoor air entersinto a building envelopeassembly, such as a roof, but cannot leave the assemblyto the exterior environment”

Air intrusion into a roofing systemwill affect the durabilityperformance of a mechanicallyattached roof system.

Since about one in four NorthAmerican low-sloped roofs aremechanically attached, it isimportant to know how much airintrusion occurs and whichcomponents provide the bestresistance.

The National Research Council ofCanada (NRC), as part of its SpecialInterest Group for DynamicEvaluation of Roofing Systems(SIGDERS), embarked on a uniqueresearch study to find out. The workwas undertaken by NRC’s BasBaskaran, Sudhakar Molleti andPascal Beaulieu.

To relate the air intrusion withthe moisture transport inmechanically attached roofingsystems, a spin-off project wasstarted in collaboration with theCanadian Roofing Contractors

Association, NRCA and four majorroofing manufacturers.

The two-tiered research thereforeconcentrated on two key tasks:1) test additional systems for air

intrusion quantification andprovide comparison with theSIGDERS control data; and

2) study the impact of air intrusionon moisture transport inmechanically attached roofingsystems compared to vapourtransmission, and to establish airintrusion limits for potentialcondensation in these roofingsystems.

Explaining MARS and airintrusion

A mechanically attached roofingsystem (MARS) is a roofingassembly in which the membrane isattached, through insulation andother components, to the structuraldeck using fasteners. With MARS,the waterproofing membrane isavailable in three different types:modified bituminous membranes;thermosets including the commonlyused EDPM; or thermoplastics, suchas PVC and TPO.

If installed correctly, thewaterproof membrane is aneffective air barrier impeding anyair movement from exteriorenvironment to the interior and viceversa. In MARS, due to the flexibleand elastic nature of the membraneand its attachment mechanism, theaction of wind and mechanicalpressurization can cause themembrane to balloon or flutter (seeFigure 1). The volume change of themembrane deflection causesnegative or bubble pressure belowthe membrane, which is equalized

by the indoor conditioned airmoving into the assembly – this iscalled ‘air intrusion’. The resultingpressure equalization is dependenton the air intrusion resistanceprovided by the sub-surfacecomponents below the membrane(deck, air retarder, insulation andother installed roofing components). Conclusion

The research findings from thisproject can be summarized asfollows: • Without any air retarder at the

deck level, the increase in thewaterproofing membrane sheetwidth increases the air intrusioninto the system;

• With a self adhered film (SAF) asan air retarder, irrespective of theassembly type and configuration,

the air intrusion is minimized bymore than 70%;

• The kraft paper and polyethylenesheet did minimize the airintrusion into the system with thepolyethylene sheet outperformingthe kraft paper, however both theair retarders underperformed incomparison to the self adheredfilm air retarder. *Installing cover boards on top ofthe insulation provided noresistance to air intrusion as thecover boards do not seal theprimary flow paths of the steeldeck, unlike the air retarderinstalled at the deck level.

• The influence of air intrusion onmoisture transport showed thatwithout air retarder in the systemlayout, there is a risk for

potential condensation andincreased moisture gain withinthe system, which is considerablyhigh compared to the moisturegain due to vapour transmission.

• Air retarder at the deck level canminimize the moisture gain in theroof systems, due to both vapourtransmission and air intrusion.However, improper installation ofair retarder can allow theintruded air to be trappedbetween two air retarders(membrane and air retarder atthe deck level), which can alsocause condensation within theroof system. ■

For the complete report and related information,contact Sudhakar (Suda) Molleti Ph.D at theNational Research Council in Ottawa. Tel: 613-993-9673;�Email: [email protected]




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Figure 1: Indoor air intruding into the roof assembly

Figure 2: A version of ASTM D7586 test apparatus

“Air intrusion inmechanically

attached systems isa potential carrierof moisture into the

roofing system,and the moisturetransport couldbe considerablyhigh compared

to vapourtransmission”

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Recruiters from the BC ConstructionAssociation (BCCA) have been toIreland trying to lure skilledtradespeople to work in BC. TheBCCA, which has had success withsimilar drives, helps employers andnew hires navigate the immigrationprocess.

There is a sense of urgency. TheConstruction Sector Councilestimates the BC constructionindustry will need to attract andretain 20,000 new workers to meetlabour requirements between nowand 2020.

In Ireland, meanwhile, anestimated 140,000 constructionworkers are unemployed in acountry with a jobless rate ofaround 14 percent.

“We have a range of programs inplace to put British Columbians into

construction jobs and can helpanybody who is looking for work,”BCCA vice-president Abigail Fultontold the Journal of Commerce.

“We have about 50 people in thefield placing workers and tryingevery angle to fill construction jobs.We only go overseas when we can’tfill a position locally.”

The Foreign Skilled Workers BCprogram (FSWBC) was created inMarch to recruit foreignjourneypersons with unique skills,in response to the growing need forskilled and experiencedtradespeople. Currently, the BCCAhas more than 1,000 applicationsfrom skilled Irish tradespeopleseeking work in BC.

They also have CVs fromtradespeople around the world.

The new initiative was developed

after the BCCA led a small group ofconstruction industry leaders fromwestern Canada on a trip to Irelandin March to investigate constructiontrades training and compare tradequalifications.

Fulton estimates that theprogram has already filled about 25jobs and there are about 100 joboffers currently being negotiated.

The FSWBC is also designed toassist employers with theimmigration process, including thefederal government’s ProvincialNominee Program and theTemporary Foreign Worker Program.

BCCA members and otheremployers who want to participatein the program are required to paya nominal fee for service for eachskilled journeyperson placed withtheir organization through theprogram. No fee is charged to theincoming worker.

The BCCA was in Ireland with adelegation of about 15 constructioncompanies to recruit foreignworkers. Job fairs planned forDublin, Cork and Belfast werescheduled to run through to October4. The BCCA and its regionsrepresent more than 2000 BCconstruction firms, 85 of which aredirectly involved in the FSWBC trip.

After October 4, the delegationwas headed to Glasgow, Scotland totalk to contractors, trainingproviders, government officials andworkers in order to facilitaterecruitment from the country.

These meetings were expected tobe followed by a job fair fromOctober 13 to 14. ■

MetrobuildingpermitsincreaseVANCOUVER – Total buildingpermit values in the LowerMainland-Southwest region were up16 percent in July 2012 from June2012, according to VancouverRegional Construction Association’sanalysis of Statistics CanadaBuilding Permit Report.

“Construction activity in theLower Mainland is on a stronguptrend, and it is reflected in thismonth’s permit numbers,” said KeithSashaw, president of the VRCA.“Total permits issued reached theirthird highest monthly level since theeconomic recession of 2008/2009,with commercial permits hittingtheir second highest level.”

Total permit values in July 2012rose to $841.3 million compared to$727.5 million in June 2012. Non-residential permits rose 30 percentto $231.1 million from $177.4million in June. Residential permitvalues rose 11 percent to $610.3million in July from $550.1 millionin June.

Values were up 25 percent to$4.55 billion from $3.63 billion inthe first seven months of 2011.Total non-residential permits wereup 22 percent compared to the firstseven months of 2011, to $1.513

billion from $1.244 billion.Residential permits were 27 percenthigher at $3.036 billion comparedto $2.386 billion during the sameperiod in 2011. ■

Projectscalling for bids A number of large BC constructionprojects are now open to bidding,including roofing contracts. Theseinclude:• Distribution Centre Warehouse

Delta, BCEstimated value: $87 million Size: 900,000 square feetContact: Dayhu Group Proposal,Boundary Bay Airport. Theconstruction schedule will befirmed up by December 2012.

• Condominium ApartmentTowers, CommercialBurnaby BC, Station Square atMetrotown (redevelopment)Estimated Value: $200 millionContact: Beedie Living (BeedieDevelopment Group)Civitas Architecture Inc did thepreliminary master plan for theproject. A construction update iscoming later this year.

• Yorkson Area Middle School Langley BCEstimated value: $22.7 millionThe school will be built to LEEDGold standards. Contact: LangleyDistrict School Board ■

Thousands of Irish line up during an Overseas Job Fair in Dublin. Photo: Irish Central

BCCA recruiting Irish workers

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New CraneSafetyCouncilseeksmembersEDMONTON – The recentlyestablished Canadian Crane SafetyCouncil is seeking to build amembership base as it works toharmonize crane regulations andcredentials in BC and Alberta.

The Council was set upSeptember 14 during the Crane &Rigging Conference Canada 2012 inEdmonton, when the initial startingdirectors were introduced.

“The panel discussion at theconference was excellent and verypositive because there were manypeople who stood up to ask howthey can join and get involved in thenew safety council,” said BCAssociation for Crane Safety (BCACS)executive director Fraser Cocks, whois also the acting chair of the newlyestablished Canadian Hoisting &Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC).

Five directors, who are seniorexecutives of companies,organizations and associationsacross Canada, signed a documentto meet the legal requirements toestablish the Crane Safety Council.

Cocks told the Journal ofCommerce, “This is not agovernment initiative and nothing

has been forced on us. We aretaking care of all aspects ofbusiness and working towards acommon goal.”

The driving force behind thecreation of the CHRSC is a uniqueinitiative to harmonize regulationsand credentials in BC and Alberta.

“The BC Association for CraneSafety has established a close andongoing working relationship withAlberta,” said Cocks.

“We will use the Alberta-BC

relationship as a model that will beextended to the rest of Canada,while a new structure is developedto include and welcome alljurisdictions. This structure will berefined as we go along.”

The Government of Alberta hasbeen taking a close look at the BCassessment process for craneoperators, which operates withoutany provincial government funding.

Under the BC model, assessorsgo out to site, as opposed to having

crane operators come to a centrallocation to be tested. This approacheliminates the cost of renting a siteand a crane, and relieves theoperators of the stress of beingtested on an unfamiliar crane.

The practical assessment issupervised by the BCACS andconducted by a third party assessor,Fulford Harbour Group.

The BCCSA is also in the earlystages of developing a reciprocityagreement with Washington State.

The first phase of the project,which involves a feasibility study, iscomplete.

Phase two of the project willinclude research that analyzes thedetails of the regulations, standardsand testing.

The BCACS spent three yearsdeveloping the CraneSafe Certificatesystem, in partnership withWorkSafeBC, the BC IndustryTraining Authority and 52 membersof the crane industry. ■

Cranes soar above BC Place Stadium during construction. Photo: Craneblogger/PCL

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Rolling withMainlineCariboo-based MainlineRoofing “covers everycorner of BC”By Frank O’Brien

Chris Lyons and Matt and MikeKosolofski literally learned roofingin their fathers’ footsteps and thenfollowed their lead to replace bothdads as co-owners of MainlineRoofing Co. Ltd. Mainline is apremier roofing company in theCariboo and one of the earliestmembers of the RoofingContractors Association of BC.

The company was started 48years ago by Don Lyons, now 67and semi-retired. Richard Kosolofskileft architectural training to joinLyons as a partner in 1979.

Richard’s sons began their careeras teenage “grunts” during thesummer helping their dad, Mikerecalls. Chris Lyons started evenearlier. “I was up in the shop at 10years old and full time by 16,” hesaid.

All are apparently very good at

it. Today, Matt 34, Mike, 29 andChris, 45, are co-owners leading a40-person staff – 32 in the field –that handle major roofing contractsfrom the Lower Mainland to theKootenays to the far north.

One problem the fast-trackingteam is facing: finding workers withthe same ‘can do’ attitude that theyhad as children.

“It’s tough finding qualifiedpeople,” Chris said. While a non-union shop, Mainline pays industry

wages, offers full medical anddental, and pitches in to anemployee registered savings plan.But, he said, they still lose crews toAlberta’s oil patch and, ironically, tothe northern BC building boom thatprovides much of Mainline’sbusiness.

Anyone hired at Mainline shouldbe ready to work and ready to roll:the company’s fleet of 20 trucks,including six high-lift cranes, areseen from the Cariboo to the

Kootenays, from Vancouver toVanderhoof, from Prince George toPrince Rupert; with contracts in allareas in between, including a largecultural centre in Prophet River.

“We cover every corner of BC,”said Matt Kosolofski.

The company’s primary work islarger commercial contracts butthey also handle residential andwill take on any size job, Lyonssaid, including cedar shake roofs,shingles, plus soffits and gutters

through an affiliate, Big Sky NorthHoldings Ltd.

Mainline’s long experience givesthem the credibility to change specson big contracts if they believe theycan provide a good alternative.Mainline’s owners are confidentthat their recommendations andskill will provide their clients with abetter, stronger roof that stands upto the northern climate.

Mainline, however, has also builta reputation as sheet metal

Profile (L-R) Mainline founder Don Lyons with co-owners Mike Kosolofski, Chris Lyons, Rick Kosolofski and Matt Kosolofski.

Williams Lake Information Centre, one of many metal roof contracts completed by Mainline

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specialists, with a long list of metalroof and siding projects completed.These include the Williams LakeTourism Information Centre, theNorth West Community College inSmithers, the Smithers RecreationCentre, and the ChetwyndRecreation Centre, as well ascommercial contracts such as theMcDonalds restaurant in WilliamsLake. Mainline also roofed the localWalmart, usingTPO.

Mainlinehas its own3,000-square-foot metalshop but it canalso bring the fabrication right tothe site. In a project for a diamonddrilling company in the BulkleyValley, their crews rolled with athree ton sheet metal truck andattached a new standing seammachine to a fabricated frame,designed by Matt, and lifted it upwith a zoom boom to match thepitch of the roof (see photo). Thesame concept was used for amining project building north ofWilliams Lake.

The company’s crews are also upto speed on new green rooftechnology, installing 40 squares ofplanted roof on the Williams Lakecampus of Thompson RiverUniversity, a job that took twoweeks to complete.

Mainline has been an RCABCmember since 1969, and thebenefits have flowed every yearsince, Lyons said. “You need to have

the RCABC guarantee [RoofStarGuarantee Program] to be on thebidding block for large commercialand government contracts.” Lyonssaid. “We proudly put the RCABClogo on all our quote sheets.”

Mainline is COR certified (arequirement of RCABC membership)confirms Paul Sorley, the company’sSafety and Training Coordinator.Sorley served 20 years as a Health

and Safetyofficial in amajor forestrymill and iscertified inboth fallprotection and

mobile equipment safety. He isbringing the Mainline crew up todate on safety and trainingrequirements. “I plan to workmyself out a job,” Sorley joked.

Chris admits he and his partnersdon’t take much time off – thoughhunting season demands a break –because of the amount of workscheduled. When he spoke toRoofing BC in late August, thecompany had eight very largeprojects on the go, including thenew fire hall in Fort St. John, aschool in Fort St. James and manymore. “And there is a lot morecoming,” he said.

There may also be a thirdgeneration of roofers coming. Lastwinter, Chris’ 13-year old son wasrunning a skid-steer loader withease in Mainline’s yard; and Mattand his wife are expecting theirsecond child. ■

Mainline installed “bullet proof” 2-ply SBS on the roof of the ProsperityRidge Shopping Centre in Williams Lake. Photos: Mainline Roofing

Mainline’s sheetmetal crew attacheda standing seammachine to afabricated frame andlifted it up with azoom-boom tomatch the pitch ofthe roof in Smithers.

Worker adjusts a brake andshear machine in Mainline’s3,000-square-foot metal shop.

“You need to have theRoofStar Guarantee Programto be on the bidding blockfor large commercial andgovernment contracts.”

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The Roofing Contractors Associationof BC is gearing up to offer theResidential Steep RoofingApprenticeship training, beginningearly in 2013.

The term ‘Residential SteepRoofer’ refers to a roofer whocovers 1:3 ratio (4 in 12 pitch) roofframes and other steep roofs withweatherproofing materials,

including asphalt shingles, cedarshakes and shingles, metal tiles andpanels, slate and concrete tiles.

The training is being offered withthe Industry Training Authority andextends the training being offeredat RCABC. The Industry TrainingAuthority (ITA) is a provincial crownagency, responsible for managingBC’s industry training system.

Shirley Caldwell, RCABC’sEducation & Training Manager,notes the considerable benefits toemployers and consumers: “Havinga certified crew with provincialqualifications would give roofingcompanies an edge when biddingagainst those without qualifiedworkers. It would also save thecompany money on call backs to

repair deficiencies. The homeownerwould also show due diligence byhiring companies with workers whohave completed all the safetytraining.”

It is recommended (but notmandatory) that those taking theResidential Steep Roofing haveGrade 9 or equivalent in math andEnglish. Applicants must have the

ability to climb ladders and to becapable of carrying medium tomedium-heavy loads.

The course is 180 hours (sixweeks) in duration based on a 30-hour week. Work-based trainingcovers 2,400 hours and completionof the ITA Certificate of Qualificationexam. Students must achieve 70percent competency to pass thecourse.

The first courses will run fromJanuary 28 to March 8, 2013.

An applicant can becomecertified as a Residential SteepRoofer by completing the course, orby challenging the certificationthrough the ITA.

Residential Steep Roofinggraduates could help to make theroofing industry safer as theirtraining will include the CSTSWorkers course, WHMIS, First Aidand Fall Protection.

“Falls from heights are a leadingcause of serious injuries forworkers in the residentialconstruction industry,” notes AlJohnson, WorkSafeBC director ofWorker and Employer Services.

For more information, contacteither Shirley Caldwell or RCABCregistrar Cindy Grantham at 604-882-9734. ■

Residential steep roof training on horizonThe new Residential Steep Roofer apprenticeship training begins next year at the RCABC campus.

“Having a certified crewwith provincial

qualifications would giveroofing companies anedge when bidding

against those withoutqualified workers.”

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Beedie project totransform Coquitlam COQUITLAM – The Beedie Development Group is forging ahead with itsgiant Fraser Mills project along the Fraser River in Coquitlam.

Situated along the Fraser River south of United Boulevard, the 89-acreCoquitlam development is expected to accommodate up to 3,700 housingunits, 175,000 square feet of commercial space, 72,000 square feet ofamenity space and more than 500,000 square feet of industrial space.

Houtan Rafii, vice-president of residential development for Beedie, notedthere have been no changes to the overall land use, density and buildingheights of the proposed site. ■

Fraser Mills development will cover 89 acresand include homes and 500,000 square feetof industrial space. Photo: Beedie Group

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By Frank O’BrienPhotos: Mel Hoffart, Topside Consultingand GC Glass Canada

BC Hydro’s Peace Canyon Dam onthe Peace River in northern BCgenerates enough electricity to power200,000 homes, and has for 32years. But the dam’s aging facilities,which include a large powerhouse, avisitor centre and an administrationbuilding, were in dire need of a roofsystem upgrade.

The work was close to wrappingup when we spoke to Mel Hoffart ofTopside Consulting (2004) Ltd. ofDawson Creek and Mike Connelly,superintendent/project manager fromFlynn Canada’s Kelowna office.

In April, Flynn’s roofing crewsarrived on the site, about sixkilometres southwest of Hudson’sHope, to begin a $1.5 million re-roofing contract that would seeapproximately 681 squares of 2-plySBS installed. It would ultimatelyrequire a crew of 12, and would also

include the installation of a large andextremely long glass skylight, and anew 23-square standing seam metalroof on the administration building.

At 70,200 square feet, the PeaceCanyon Dam complex is one of thelargest projects ever to be slated fora RoofStar guarantee in the NorthernRegion. Its size and magnitudedemanded extensive pre-planninglong before the bidprocess began.

“Since the winterof 2010-2011,Topside Consultinghas been workingwith a team ofengineers from BCHydro to design a roof system thatmet their needs. The criteria includedlow-risk and safe replacements, bothfor the people and the environment,”said Hoffart.

“A roof system with a longtrouble-free life was also a very highpriority, as construction at these

high-output power sites is a complexand costly undertaking,” he noted.

Hoffart explained that safety wasa huge concern, and everyoneinvolved in the project, even theglazing crew, was required to take asite-specific course before startingthe job. “We learned that working ina generating plant, there areprocedures and protocols that must

be adhered to,”added Connelly.

Every step of theproject had to bepre-planned aroundelectrical ‘dangerzones’, to minimizeboth the risk to the

workers and the expense ofdisrupting power.

Working on a dam is unlike anyother roofing project. Site access andworking hours are impacted by theoperation of the facility itself – apower plant can’t just be shut downon a moment’s notice, says Hoffart.

“It cost Hydro thousands of dollarsper hour every time they had to turnoff a transmission line so crews couldwork in certain areas.”

Connelly and his crew changedtheir schedules accordingly. “We hadto adjust work hours for the outagesof the [500 kilovolt] power lines intwo areas of the roof. We were facedwith roofing these areas at night, asthat was the only time they couldstop generating power.”

Night work was one of many waysthe Flynn team minimized the toll onBC Hydro. “Water levels were higherthan usual with spring run-off thisyear, and they had to spill to lowerwater levels in the reservoir,” heexplained. “Any time a dam has tospill, that’s money down the river,” he added. “It was also a very warmspring so the draw on power washigh due to air conditioningdemands.”

Access and space limitationspresented their own challenges from

the onset, said Connelly. “We had VacAttack remove all the ballast andthey were also limited to working offthe tailrace, and that involvedrunning longer hoses than normal.”

“We had to load the roof of thepowerhouse from the tailrace,” hesaid, “and there were limits ofapproach involved with the 500 kVpower lines. There were tall redlightning rods directly in line withthem. We had to stay at least 20 feetaway at all times.”

The area’s rapidly changingtemperatures, moisture levels andclimate also had to be taken intoaccount. “When we started theproject in the spring we were facedwith a lot of bad weather,” saysConnelly. “The only other times wewere faced with moisture was whenwe were roofing the areas that werewithin the limits of approach and wehad to deal with dew, as this wasnight work.”

Despite the unusual nature of the

Before re-roofing: the 32-year old Peace Canyon Dam near Hudson’s Hope

Flynn Canada crews preparethe powerhouse roof for 2-ply SBS. Styrofoam pieces,

some with bitumen attached,are shown collected in large

net bags (lower right).

In preparation for re-roofing, the originalgravel ballast and styrofoam insulation onthe powerhouse have to be removed,while leaving the old 4-ply BUR in place.

Power projectRe-roofing the Peace Canyon Dam powerhouse

500 kilovolt power lines in two areas areidentified by tall red lightning rods; crews hadto stay a minimum of 20 feet away

The powerhouse roof would be strippedof old gravel ballast and styrofoambefore installation of 2-ply SBS

The old fiberglass skylight was to beupgraded with 1200 linear feet ofdouble-paned aluminum-framed glass

The tailrace often provided the only safe accessto the powerhouse roof, for Vac Attack crewsand loading of materials by cranes.

The control building flat roof runs down to theadministration/ visitors centre flat roof. The steepslope was slated for a standing seam metal roof.

June 13 June 22

“... they had to spill tolower water levels in

the reservoir. Any timea dam has to spill, that’smoney down the river.”

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project, Connelly gives full credit to Topside Consulting formaking his job more manageable. “The roofing project wasrelatively straightforward due to Topside Consulting co-designing a great spec by leaving the existing 4-ply in place.”One step at a time

The dam complex upgrade had been originally designed withan inverted roof membrane assembly (IRMA) to offer maximumprotection from the dramatic changes in climate. Northern BCsees a broad range in temperature and humidity from winterthrough summer, and even during the warmer months, can gofrom near-freezing to high 20’s in the course of a 24-hourperiod. The roof assembly needed to accommodate theseextremes.

In preparation for re-roofing, the original gravel ballast andstyrofoam insulation on the powerhouse had to be removed,while leaving the old 4-ply BUR in place. Over the years, largechunks of styrofoam had fused to the bitumen, the result of acombination of heat and pressure. Flynn’s crews had to gatherthe pieces of styrofoam, some with bitumen still attached, andcollect them in large net bags until they could be properly takenfrom the site. “We were right on the river and we could not haveany debris blowing off the roof and ending up in the water,”explained Connelly.

As Hoffart pointed out, a tremendous amount of planningwas involved in the project, but even the most experiencedroofer could not have foreseen every hiccup along the way.Nobody knew the full extent of what they would find as the oldlayers came off the flat roofs, and details would be worked outwhen the existing assembly was opened up and revealed. “As itturned out, the expansion joints that run right across the roofand skylights (from upstream to downstream side) required

September 24: Powerhouse roof nearing completion

Only one control zone is leftto roof. The remainder is allinsulated with either basesheet or cap sheet installed.

The skylight penthouse roof isall to the base sheet level.Some of the areas right

beside the skylights have thecap sheet left off so that the

glaziers can work on the glassinstallation without scuffing

the new cap sheet.

A small amount of perimeterflashing is installed, and some more

metal is awaiting installation

Expansionjoint materialin the veryearly stages of installation

July 26

August 27

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replacement, but the exact assembly atthe skylight section required a hands-on,on-site consultation with the glaziers andinspection team,” said Hoffart.

After the old materials were removed anew SBS sanded base was torch-appliedto the remaining BUR membrane. Thentwo layers of polyiso insulation, withsloped crickets of the same materialbetween the drains, were fastened downto the deck with a cover board. A two-plySBS membrane was installed over thenew insulated system using 180 fire-ratedcap sheets.

The visitor information centre and thetop of the control building were alsocovered with the 2-ply SBS system,Connelly explained.

The insulated system used on thesteeply sloped concrete deck of theadministration building roof consisted of aself�adhered vapour barrier to the primedconcrete deck, two layers of 2” polyisobetween Z-girts every two feethorizontally; and a 24-gauge PVDF(polyvinylidene fluoride) finish standingseam metal roof fastened to the girts. Thisfinish is far more fade resistant than theusual silicone modified polyester (SMP)finish, notes Hoffart.

All the flat roof materials were sourcedthrough Convoy Supply Ltd., and CascadiaMetals of Delta supplied the metal coilwhich was roll-formed on site by Flynn.

The administration/visitors centre flat roof inprogress, as seen from the control building roof.The orange snow fence is added to theguardrails to prevent any windblown material

from leaving the roof. The Flynn crew hasremoved all of the old insulation and gravel andthe vapour barrier has been torch applied to theoriginal BUR membrane.

The new insulation and coverboard have beenscrewed in place over the new vapour barrier,and there are three roofers torch-applying thebase sheet (left). The bottom left corner of the

left photo shows the edge of the upper levelroof – also complete to base. The silver spotsvisible on the black base sheet are screws andplates. To the right of the black base sheet are

two layers of insulation with staggered joints toprevent thermal breaks in the system. The lightgray area to the right of the insulation is thesanded surface vapour barrier.

The view down to the administration/visitors centreroof, as seen from the control building roof, with the standing seam metal roof installed

The blue granular surfaced torch-on membrane on allthe complex roof areas acts as a safety control zone.

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Big skylightThe large skylight seems a rare treatment

for a remote dam site, but as Hoffart explains,it serves a dual purpose. The skylight, whichruns along nearly the entire ridge of thepowerhouse roof, allows light to shine out atnight and accentuate the look of the building,which is visible from a downstream bridgeacross the Peace River. “It’s a kind of BCHydro public relations beacon,” says Hoffart.More practically, it also allows light into thetall, windowless building during the day.

In any case, the 1980-era fiberglass andaluminum skylight was “in pretty bad shape”,

he says, noting that the fiberglass panels werebrittle from years of exposure, and soyellowed that “you couldn’t see through them”.Flynn sub-contractor GC Glass Canada Inc. ofKelowna removed the old skylight andreplaced it with 1,200 linear feet of modernaluminum-framed, double-paned, sealed unitglass models.

Connelly expressed satisfaction with the jobas work was winding down in late September.“BC Hydro has very high standards when itcomes to safety and quality, so Flynn Canadaand its employees were up for the challenge.Early in the project there were some

challenges but overall Flynn Canada and BCHydro worked well together and the projectwas a success both with safety and schedule.”

The dam, scheduled for completion by mid-October, is 700 miles from Flynn’s Kelownaoffice. The distance had presented personalchallenges for the workers, who were stayingin an RV park and were on a ten-and-fourturnaround rotation, said Connelly. If hisprediction is accurate, it won’t be the last timehis crews are called upon to go where thework is. “Since we opened the branch inKelowna we have been actively bidding onwork in the northern part of the province and

been successful with landing work,” he says.One of the company’s bigger jobs will be

re-roofing a number of buildings at theQuintette coal mine, which is expected toreopen near Tumbler Ridge next year.

In the spring of 2013, Flynn will also beinstalling the roof on a second powerhousebeing constructed downstream of the WanetaDam on the Pend d’Oreille River near Trail.

Connelly is justifiably confident going intothe new contract. “As a result of this [PeaceCanyon Dam] project it will make any futurework for BC Hydro more productive andprofitable for both parties.” ■

Flynn sub-contractor GC Glass Canada Inc. ofKelowna removed the old fiberglass skylightand replaced it with modern aluminum-framed,

double-paned, sealed unit glass models.

The control building roof completedThe powerhouse roof looking towards the control building

This steep slope metal roof runs from the control building flat roof down to theadmin/visitors centre flat roof. The insulated system consisted of a self‐adhered vapourbarrier to the primed concrete deck, two layers of 2” polyiso between Z‐girts every two feethorizontally; and a 24-gauge PVDF finish standing seam metal roof fastened to the girts.

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Vicwest andAll Weatherlaunch newwebsiteOAKVILLE, ON – All WeatherInsulated Panels and Vicwest, twoleaders in the manufacture ofinsulated metal panels (IMP) for theindustrial, commercial and coldstorage construction markets,announce the launch of a newcombined website showcasing thedepth of their North Americanproduct portfolio. The new sitereplaces the previous All WeatherInsulated Panels site and is

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“This new, dedicated website is anatural extension for our companiesas we continue to combine our focuson the North American IMP market”said Scott Ringler, MarketingDirector for Vicwest. “It will allowour customers, architects andbuilding owners to access thestrength and resources of twoindustry leaders in a single, easy-to-use and visually appealing site andwill provide the platform for us todeliver more extensive technical andproduct information for use in thespecification, design and installationof insulated panels.”

Users of the new site can viewthe full range of products alongwith a vast array of technicaldocumentation associated with eachproduct, including details,specifications and load span tables.An interactive “Find a Sales Rep”feature also puts users one stepcloser to personal assistance withtheir projects. Quick links tointerrelated product, technical andresource information can be foundthroughout the site to minimize thepaths and time spent in searchingfor information.

Features to be added include a“Member Center” that includessecure access to specific technicaldocuments such as CAD files andtesting reports as well as productenhancement announcements, new

specifications and companydevelopments. A French languagesite will also be launched in thenear future.

“We are currently in the processof enriching our content base with afocus on making it easier forbuilding designers and contractorsto not only view the aesthetics andperformance of our products butalso have more ready access totools and 24/7 resources to helpthem realize their design vision”added Ringler.

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Manufacturers challenge LEED changes WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of U.S. manufacturers of building materials is campaigning against a plan to startoffering LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits to builders that do not use certain materialsthat contain “chemicals of concern”.

The new American High-Performance Buildings Coalition includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the NationalAssociation of Manufacturers, the American Chemistry Council and smaller trade groups for manufacturers ofbuilding products.

The group notes that LEED credits would go to builders that avoid using chemicals that already face tougherregulations in Europe because of links to health problems. Those chemicals are widely used in a variety of buildingproducts, including roofing.

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VANCOUVER – The VancouverRegional Construction Association(VRCA) has named the Silver Awardwinners for the 24th annual Awardsof Excellence, a premier industryevent honouring the region’sconstructionleaders.

Threewinnerswereselected inmostcategoriesfor their useof innovativetechniques,newmaterials orexceptional project managementand each will receive a SilverAward.

The 2012 competition alsofeatures two projects that haveachieved the Living BuildingChallenge Standard certification, anew international standard insustainability. Two of the first

projects toachieve thiscertificationin NorthAmerica, theVanDusenBotanicalGardenVisitorCentreand theUniverCityChildcare

Centre at SFU, are also nominatedin the 2012 Awards of ExcellenceSustainable Construction category.

The Gold Award winners were tobe announced at the 24th AnnualVRCA Awards of Excellence galadinner on October 17, 2012 at theVancouver Convention Centre. ■

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BC’stallest newtowers Developers are pulling thetrigger on what they say willbe the tallest new towers intheir respective communities.

Note: in most cases, bidsare still being accepted forthe roofing contracts.

Surrey: At 50 storeys, the 3 Civic Plaza towerin central Surrey will be the “highest towerbetween Vancouver and Calgary” according toCentury Group, which is completing themonster high-rise with Surrey CityDevelopment Corp. The $100 million projectadjacent to Surrey’s new library and City Hallis a combination of hotel and residentialspace. It will be built to the LEED (Leadershipin Energy and Environmental Design) silver“or better” and will be complete in 2015,according to Century Group.

Coquitlam: The 42-storey –400-foot high – M3 tower inCentral Coquitlam byVancouver-based Cressey willbe Coquitlam’s tallest buildingwhen it completes in threeyears. It will complete a trio ofCressey residential towers nearthe Coquitlam Centre mall.

Victoria: At 27 floors, the first phase tower at CapitalCity Centre in Saanich will be the tallest building onVancouver Island, according to League FinancialPartners, the developer. The tower anchors a 14-acremixed-use project with nearly four million square feetof residential and commercial space. The first phaseshould complete by 2014.

Burnaby: The new Solo District, atLougheed Highway and Rosser Avenuein the Brentwood area, will include a52-storey tower in the second phase,but a 45-storey high-rise in the firstphase will be the tallest in Burnaby.Developed by Appia Developments, a Bosa company, Solo is a mixed-useproject of condominiums, retail andcommercial space. The first phasecould complete by 2014.

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Firestone technical rep set to retire Firestone Building Products Canada has announced that Peter Cox, TechnicalRepresentative for Western Canada, will retire from Firestone effective December31, 2012.

“Peter has had an illustrious career in roofing,” said Firestone’s TechnicalManager Rosalene Brunka. “He was the General Manager at his family-ownedroofing business, Fosco Roofing, then ran his own company, PMC Roofing. Hewas also in the roof consulting business for five years.”

Cox joined Firestone Building Products as Technical Representative inSeptember 1995, covering the regions of Western Canada, Washington, Idahoand Oregon. For the past 10 years, his focus has been Western Canada.

Cox holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.“Peter’s combination of experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and friendly professionalism has made him a true

asset to Firestone and he has been a key contributor to the growth in our market. He will be pursuing his lifelongpassions of music and writing, in addition to starting up a small consulting firm in his retirement,” says Brunka.

As of Roofing BC’s press time, the company was still “looking for the right candidate” to fill Cox’s position. ■

Rooftop commercial gardens growingin VancouverVANCOUVER – A “vertical farm” is being installed on the roofof a six storey parking garage in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver-based Alterrus Systems is installing its system,which it claims can grow up to 80 varieties of leafy greens, thefirst North American commercial farming operation atop aparking lot.

Michael Levenston, executive director of Vancouver non-profit organization City Farmer, believes more commercialventures will follow if it is successful.

Christopher Ng, CEO of Alterrus Systems, says the verticalgarden’s produce, which includes lettuce, spinach, salad mixesand herbs, will be packaged on-site and delivered to marketthe day it is harvested.

The facility occupies about 5,000 square feet on the top level of the parkade. The city of Vancouver owns thegarage and is leasing part of it to Alterrus. A block away, another non-commercial garden on the rooftop of theYMCA is already growing vegetables. ■

Alterrus Systems CEOChristopher NG preparesrooftop commercial garden.Photo courtesy Petti Fong/Toronto Star

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St. Paul, MN – On August 1, BrockWhite Company announced that ithad purchased the assets andongoing business operations ofSteels Industrial Products Ltd. Steelswill now operate under the nameSteels – A Division of Brock WhiteCanada Company LLC. The companywill continue to stock its currentproduct lines including Firestone,IKO, Dow Styrofoam, Tech-Crete,Henry, Maxam, Bilco, and manyothers.

The purchaseof Steels willadd eightlocations inAlberta andBritish Columbiato the tenmarkets BrockWhite currently serves in Canada.“This expanded coverage allows usto serve our customers in a varietyof cities in a consistent manner,”says Brock White Canada’s VicePresident and General Manager,Neil Fast. “It also allows us toprovide greater value to oursuppliers, by offering a construction

distribution company that covers allof Western Canada.”

Brock White president RichardGarland echoes Fast’s enthusiasm.“The acquisition significantlyexpands the Brock White presencein Canada,” he says. “Brock Whiteand Steels share a tradition ofproduct expertise and superiorcustomer service. We value thestrong relations we maintain withour supply partners and believe

that combiningoperations willallow us tobetter serve theWesternCanadianconstruction andindustrialmarkets.”

By expanding the portfolio, “theacquisition will bring value tosuppliers of Steels and Brock Whiteby offering a unified strategy forgetting their products to market. Weare excited about the wider rangeof products now available to usthrough Steels,” said Garland. “Wealso believe our customers will fully

endorse this move and see it as astep towards providing more of theproducts they want in morelocations.”

As for Steels staff and customers,it’s business as usual. According toFast, Brock White invited 101 of the105 Steels employees to stay on,and all but one accepted the offer.“That rate of retention makes usvery pleased,” says Fast. “Adistribution company is nothing but

its employees and theirrelationships with their customersand vendors. That so many formerSteels employees chose to joinBrock White ensures a very smoothtransition for all partners.”

Supplying materials toresidential and commercialconstruction projects has alwaysbeen center to both Steels andBrock White, says Fast, noting thatthe companies now have facilities in

some of the same cities includingBurnaby, Calgary, Prince Georgeand Edmonton. “Over the next year,we will work to combine thoseoperations into single buildings. Wewill notify all our customers andvendors as these changes occur,” headds.

“For more than 50 years, BrockWhite has provided contractors withspecialty construction materialsfrom site preparation to completebuilding envelope solutions.Experienced sales representativesand deep inventories help ensurean excellent customer experience,”says Fast. “All of our locations eitherhave vehicles on site to delivermaterials to customers, or we workwith local independent carriers toget product out in a timely fashion.”

Brock White originally purchasedWinnipeg, Regina and Saskatoonbranches from Steels in the mid-90’s as part of its entry into theCanadian market. The companyexpanded further into Canadathrough several acquisitions. Withthe purchase of Steels, Brock Whitenow serves customers from Victoria,BC through Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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VICTORIA – The BC Jobs Planplayed a key role in convincingAtlanta, Georgia-based AtlasRoofing Corporation to open itsnew $20 million manufacturingplant on Annacis Island, accordingto Jobs Minister Pat Bell.

The new Atlas plant will create35 jobs plus additional employmentfor seasonal employees. The plantwill produce polyiso insulationboard, which is used for roofingand walls in residential, commercialand industrial buildings.

In a news release, the provincetook credit for attracting themanufacturer to BC.

“Atlas Roofing’s expansion intoBC has been guided and facilitatedby the Ministry of Jobs, Tourismand Skills Training and itsInternational Trade and InvestmentAttraction division,” the releasestated. “Ministry efforts focused onfamiliarizing the company’sexecutives with the advantages ofsetting up in BC, most notably BC’slarge contingent of talented andhighly skilled workers and access toAsian markets.

“This comes at a time when wecan look objectively at our plan andsee that it is working, bringing newdollars into the province andcreating jobs for BritishColumbians,” Bell said.

Atlas suggests a strong WesternCanada economy played a role inthe decision to open its secondCanadian plant in the LowerMainland.

“Reaching the Pacific Northwestwith polyiso insulation products isan important priority for Atlas,” saidTom Rowe, Vice President,Commercial Sales and Marketing.“Construction in Western Canada istrending upward at the momentand the Western US continues

steady expansion in commercialbuilding. Both markets requireenergy-efficient building envelopesto meet increasing federal and localcodes and standards. Helpingarchitects, building owners,consultants, and contractors use ourextensive polyiso product line tomeet their needs is an excitingbusiness opportunity for Atlas.”

The new plant will meet demandfor polyiso roof and wall insulationproducts in the region, according toAtlas. All of Atlas’ polyiso productsare available through the newfacility, which began shipmentsearlier this year.

The new plant rounds out Atlas’eight North American polyisomanufacturing locations and is thecompany’s 17th North Americanproduction facility.

Atlas’ new BC polyisomanufacturing facility will

incorporate state of the artlaminating and blowing agenttechnologies to produce a polyisoboard with versatility and highLong Term Thermal Resistance(LTTR) values, according to thecompany.

“This new plant will produce thesmoothest, flattest polyiso boardproducts in the industry, usingleading lamination processes,”Rowe said.

The new Vancouver facility joinsthe existing Toronto location as thesecond Atlas polyiso plant inCanada.

“Our new plant is an opportunityto cultivate new partnerships withbuilding materials distributors,contractors, construction specifiersand building owners in the region,while providing even better serviceto our existing partners,” stated KenFarrish, president of Atlas. ■


Inspectors checkingresidential roof sitesWorkSafeBC conducts safety blitzThrough to November 3 of this year, WorkSafeBC is conducting a “Stay onTop” enforcement blitz aimed at single-family residential roofing.

During this blitz, which started in June, WorkSafeBC prevention officersare conducting inspections on single-family detached, wood-frameconstruction work sites to ensure slope roofing and framing contractorsare complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations andthe Workers Compensation Act.

WorkSafeBC is conducting this enforcement blitz as part of its 2012construction high-risk strategies, aimed at reducing serious injuries anddeath caused by falls from heights on construction sites, according to aWorkSafeBC bulletin.

Employers visited will be expected to:• plan and supervise all work on site to prevent falls from heights

(ladders, roofs, scaffolds, floor and roof openings, etc);• ensure workers are instructed and trained in fall protection;• ensure workers use fall protection; and that the equipment is inspected

and maintained; and• provide safe access to all work locations (suitable ladders, stairways,

work platforms, scaffolds, walkways and ramps).Notes WorkSafeBC, “Falls from height are a leading cause of serious

injuries in the residential construction industry.” As of early October,WorkSafeBC officers had written up almost 900 violations as part of the enforcement action.

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Province claims role in new Atlas plant

Taking part in the ribbon cutting at the Atlas plant’s grand opening are Ken Farrish, President of AtlasRoofing Corporation; Shandor Nikoras, plant manager; and the Honorable Naomi Yamamoto, Ministerof State for Small Business and member of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Skills Training.

The Atlas plant grand opening in October was well attended by members of the roofing industry.

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Businesssuccession10 critical issues forroofing company owners by Don Sihota

In my role as a lawyer, I helpbusiness owners transition theirbusinesses to new owners so theycan move on to the next stage intheir lives. For those unfamiliar withbusiness succession planning andwhat it means, this article will helpin gaining an understanding of thiscomplex topic. What is business successionplanning?

Business succession planning isthe process of planning for thetransfer of your business. Thisbecomes relevant when thefounder(s) and owner(s) reach astage where they would like to stepback from long work hours andenjoy the benefits that the businesscan provide.Why is it so important?

In the year 2000, 18 percent ofbusiness owners in BC were overthe age of 55. Ten years later, in2010, 31 percent ofbusiness ownerswere over the age of55. For mostbusiness owners,their business islikely their biggestasset. In the nextfew years, manybusiness owners aregoing to realize theyhave to deal withhow to transfer thisasset. As we moveinto the future, therewill be more businesses to betransferred (greater supply) andfewer potential persons to transferthe businesses to (less demand) –and this could mean falling values.

The livelihood of the owners andtheir employees will depend onwhether the business owner makesa business succession plan. Failureto plan for the inevitable will impacteveryone.

Is it difficult?This is not an easy process. A

business is a complex bundle ofassets and liabilities that cannot betransferred easily like, for example,a piece of land. How long does it take?

Each case is different. Dependingon what is involved, the minimumamount of time is about one year.However, complex cases can take upto ten years. Business owners whoplan for business succession can settheir own agenda and timeline.What options do business ownershave?

The common options are (1)transfer or sell to a third party; (2)transfer to children; (3) transfer orsell to management; or (4) simplyshut down and walk away. Withinthese options, there are manyvariations. It takes foresight andgood planning with experiencedadvisors in order to design the planthat is right for you.Are there any alternatives to thefour business succession options?

While these four options havenumerous variations, there isanother option that deserves specialattention. Many business ownersdon’t realize or take advantage ofthe option called the “staged

buyout”. The stagedbuyout can allow thebusiness owner to“run the businessfrom the golf course”while maintainingaccess to the incomethe businessgenerates. In fact, insome cases thebusiness owner mayactually realize moremoney byimplementing thisoption than they

would if they had simply sold thebusiness outright! I discuss thisoption in great detail in myseminars.Are children the naturalsuccessors to the business?

They certainly should be includedin the process, but business ownersmust also consider the possibilitythat their children may not be thebest people to run the business. An

owner’s objective is to use thebusiness to look after and providefor children and even grandchildrenafter they are gone. If a child is notinterested or is not capable, itmakes no sense toinstall them aspresident. Theunintendedconsequence of thiswill be thedestruction of thebusiness and maybeeven the family unit!The result can be theexact opposite of theowner’s desiredobjective. I urge you to consider thispoint carefully because passingbusinesses to children is fraughtwith danger. As the business owner,it is up to you to make sure theunintended consequence does nothappen.What can go wrong?

The ultimate result of a badbusiness succession plan (or noplan) can be the destruction of thebusiness, whether through poor

management, lost vitality, infightingor even litigation. Again, this isclearly an unintended result but canbe the likely outcome of a plan thatdid not consider all the issues

involved. Yet itdoesn’t have to bethis way. There is abetter way whereproper resources arebrought to the tableto structure abusiness successionplan that works.Only with aworkable andflexible business

succession plan will the businesscontinue for generations after thefounder is gone. What are the biggest mistakesbusiness owners make regardingbusiness succession?

Failure to plan is right at the topof the list of big mistakes. Anothermistake is not realizing howcomplex business successionplanning can be. Failure to getsophisticated professional advisors

to help them in the process veryearly on, is another mistake.Business owners are adept atrunning their business, but not atbusiness succession planning. Why don’t business owners planfor succession?

Most business owners arecontrolled by what is urgent, notwhat is important. It may be trite tosay but what is urgent may not beimportant, and what is importantmay not be urgent. Businesssuccession planning is criticallyimportant, but it is not urgent. It isignored until it becomes urgent –when a crisis arrives. You have toomuch at stake to let circumstancescontrol your destiny. You must breakfree from what’s urgent and payattention to what’s important. Thesurvival of your business dependson it. ■

Don Sihota is a business lawyer with Vancouverfirm Clark Wilson LLP where he assists ownersof private businesses transition their businessesto children, employees, management or tounrelated third parties. He can be reached at(604) 643-3123 or [email protected].

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Former Olympic wrestlerDean DeHamel is turninghis young company into anindustry contenderBy Frank O’BrienPort Coquitlam roofer DeanDeHamel came within a match ofrepresenting Canada at the BeijingOlympics in 2010, and the youngnationally ranked wrestler now hasa solid grip on the local roofingindustry.

As founder and president ofaptly named Olympic Roofing Ltd.,and one of the latest members ofthe Roofing Contractors Associationof BC, DeHamel believes he knowswhat it takes to build a winningcompany: hard work, talentedcrews and the experience and gutsto take on any contract.DeHamel, 34, started OlympicRoofing in 2001, shortly aftercompleting his RCABC

apprenticeship training with

Western Roofing Ltd. of Kamloops.“It all started as a summer job,”he recalls, with his first roofing jobthe expansion of Thompson RiverUniversity, where he worked onboth flat roofs and metal sheets.Recalls DeHamel: “I rememberwalking to school one morning inKamloops with my nice cleanclothes and I saw Western Roofingworking on a warehouse with thetar kettle smoking and the workerson the roof with dust all over them.

I thought to myself, ‘man I wouldnever want to do that job – it’s hotand dusty, glad I’m going to schooltoday’, but only a couple of yearslater that’s right where I ended up,now I look back and just laugh.”DeHamel started Olympic withan old Ford pickup and Skidootrailer he borrowed from his dad.His first contract was installingshingles for Sears residential andhe then moved onto commercial

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The staged buyoutcan allow the

business owner to“run the business

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the businessgenerates.

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