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November 14, 2012
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  • Fla. museum's leaky roof could cost $1.2M to repair
    The leaky roof of the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Fla., needs to be repaired to prevent further damage to the facility and its artifacts. The roof's protective membrane has been punctured, and its clay tiles are in need of replacement, said Bob Harper, director of the museum. The repairs to the roof are estimated to cost $1.2 million, St. Augustine City Manager John Regan said. The St. Augustine Record (Fla.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firms recommend structural changes after N.C. mall roof collapse
    Two engineering reports on the section of the roof that collapsed at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, N.C., recommended some changes to the structure. The collapse occurred in the part of the mall that dates back to 1968 and was renovated in 2003. One report said a stack of brick supports should be replaced with a new steel pedestal, and the other advises installation of 14 emergency overflow drains on the original roof. WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. school gym damaged by Sandy gets temporary roof
    A temporary roof has been installed over the gym of the Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren Township, N.J., after the facility's roof was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and its remnants. The gym remains unfit for use because its wooden floor, bleachers and lights also were damaged by the storm. The local board of education has voted in favor of a resolution that will provide over $200,000 toward roof replacement for the facility. NJ.com (Hackensack, N.J.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Survey reveals drop in interest in getting LEED certification
    A survey by Turner Construction Co. found that fewer companies are interested in pursuing LEED certification, Rob Cassidy writes. Only 48% of respondents indicated they were "very likely" to seek LEED certification for new construction projects or renovations, compared to the 61% who responded that way in Turner's 2008 survey. The reasons some respondents gave about why their firms would not seek LEED certifications were the cost of obtaining the certification, the amount of staff time taken up, the "time required for the process" and the "difficulty of the process." Building Design + Construction/360 Blog (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green roof to be installed at Pittsburgh museum
    A green roof is slated to be installed at the Soldiers & Sailors Hall museum in Pittsburgh after the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County gave its approval to a $250,000 grant for the project. The vegetation and repairs to the roof are expected to lessen storm-water runoff at the facility by 60%. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 steps to push past a growth plateau
    It's not uncommon for a company's growth to stall, but it is possible to get your business back on track once this happens, Karl Stark and Bill Stewart of Avondale write. Companies can navigate this growth plateau by clarifying their organizational structures, setting clear goals and concentrating on a limited number of promising opportunities. "Powering through a growth plateau involves simplifying and focusing the organization on the next growth trajectory," they write. Inc. online/Herding Gazelles blog (free registration) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to retain employees
    Forty percent of employees say they plan to look for a new job within the next six months, write David Williams and Mary Michelle Scott of Fishbowl. This is bad news for employers who expend a lot of resources to hire the best people. Williams and Scott suggest companies try the five "R's" of employee relationships to retain them: Responsibility, respect, revenue sharing, reward and relaxation time. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alliance extends deadline for MVP award entries to Nov. 16
    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has extended the deadline for its Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards Program to Nov. 16. The program is designed to honor a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers using criteria such as community service and volunteerism, contributions to a team effort, and outstanding on-the-job performance. One MVP award winner will be chosen as the Best of the Best, which is co-sponsored by Agawam, Mass.-based OMG Roofing Products Inc. and Professional Roofing. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers membrane roof systems manual
      
    The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems -- 2011 provides in-depth, comprehensive technical information concerning the design, materials and installation applicable to membrane roof systems commonly used in low-slope roof system applications. It also includes information about roof decks, rigid board insulation, roof membranes, surfacings and system design guidelines, as well as 179 construction details. The member price for the manual is $125, and the retail price is $195. Learn more and purchase the manual. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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