Gary L. Houck Sr.
President and chief executive officer of Houck Services Inc., Harrisburg, Pa.
Professional Roofing: What is the most difficult roofing project you’ve performed?
Houck: A typewriter manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Pa. The roof system was 1,400 squares (12600 m²) and consisted of 74 inverted pyramids that were formed by a structural concrete roof deck. Each pyramid was about 16 feet (5 m) deep, and together, they simulated a typewriter keyboard from the sky. The 12-member crew removed 56 skylights and spray polyurethane foam material. The crew then installed a single-ply roof system and four large skylights.
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
My father, Lawrence, started Houck Services as a masonry contracting company in 1946. In 1976, I was president of Houck Services and had the opportunity to purchase a roofing contracting company. It seemed like a good fit for our business.
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