McClure, president of Membrane Systems Inc.,
Atlanta, with his family. Pictured from left to right (front):
daughter Courtney, dog Razz and daughter Kerri. Pictured from left
to right (back): son-in-law Ron DeFeo, wife Mimi, McClure and son
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...