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February 20, 2013
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  • Retractable roof to be studied for $975M Minn. stadium
    Now that Mortenson Construction has been chosen to construct the Minnesota Vikings' $975,000 stadium, the team is turning its focus to the retractable roof. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said he thinks "the odds are pretty good for a retractable feature," but admits "[i]t's going to come down to cost." He expects Mortenson to cost it out, and if it's not within the budget, the Vikings will talk to Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Index shows a slip in homebuilders' confidence
    U.S. homebuilders have become less optimistic this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit," NAHB Chairman Rick Judson said. "But it's also a reflection of the fact that builders are now confronting rising costs for building materials and, in some markets, limited availability of labor and lots as demand for new homes strengthens." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. blog (2/19), eCreditDaily.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School roof replacement could cost Md. city about $300K
    The metal roof atop the Trinity School in Frederick, Md., is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. The city has spent more than $69,000 to have the roof fixed and repainted since 2002, according to city records. The existing roof will be replaced with another metal one, and it is expected to cost about $300,000. The Frederick News-Post (Md.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof to sprout atop building on Ohio college campus
    A 12,000-square-foot green roof will soon be installed on Howlett Hall at Ohio State University. The installation is expected to capture about 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually, and save more than $10,000 yearly on energy costs. The leaky membrane on the existing roof needs to be replaced before work on the vegetated roof can begin. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • What George Washington can teach leaders
    George Washington led his troops to victory against the British redcoats at Trenton, N.J., in 1777 in part by adopting a more democratic approach to leadership, Signe Spencer writes. Rather than simply issuing commands and expecting obedience, Washington sought the advice of subordinates and thereby hatched a battle plan that was more innovative and effective than anything a single general could have devised alone, Spencer writes. Great Leadership (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are your independent contractors actually employees?
    Companies may be able to save on payroll costs by using independent contractors, but they should be aware that the IRS is on the lookout for employers that try to game the system. Your workers are likely to be considered employees rather than independent contractors if you train them, set their schedules and have the right to fire them. Entrepreneur online (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Robert Dalsin receives J.A. Piper Award
    Former NRCA President Robert Dalsin, president of John A. Dalsin & Son Inc., Minneapolis, was named the 66th recipient of NRCA's J.A. Piper Award during NRCA's 126th Annual Convention Feb. 3 to 7 in San Antonio. Presented each year at the convention, the J.A. Piper Award recognizes roofing professionals who have devoted constant, outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers roof coatings guide
      


    The NRCA Guide to Roof Coatings, Second Edition offers an objective discussion about the application of various roof coating types, where they may be used most effectively and preparations necessary for successful performance. It also includes generally accepted guidelines for application of common roof coatings. The member price for the guide is $55, and the retail price is $110. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story


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