Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
McClure: The low-slope roof areas on The Georgia Dome. The 170-foot- (52-m-) high upper "ring beam" roof was in effect a 57,500-square-foot (5342-m²) gutter to catch the water coming off the 395,000-square-foot (36696-m²) cable-supported fabric roof provided by another subcontractor. Coordinating our flashing termination with the fabric roof was challenging. The lower 89,700-square-foot (8333-m²) section was a challenge because of difficult access and fast-track scheduling. Because the landscaping around the building was completed before our work was finished, we had to drop our debris into the buildings' interior through fan curb openings, take it down five levels and haul it out with all-terrain vehicles.
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
My degree was in architecture, but I left that occupation and was selling insurance. However, I wanted to move from Florida to Atlanta and felt I would probably return to architecture. I was looking for a construction-related job to pay the bills while I researched local architectural firms. My brother introduced me to an owner of a built-up roofing (BUR) company, who hired me as an estimator. The rest is history.
What do you consider a waste of time?
Filling out a survey or questionnaire.
What was your first roofing experience?
Running a BUR crew on a new JCPenney to learn the business. I used to drive myself and about eight men back and forth to the site in an old Ford station wagon.