Smith, president of TLSmith Consulting Inc.,
Rockton, Ill., participating in a board-breaking tournament.
Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing
project of which you have been a part?
Smith: The Adak Naval Station Hospital, located about 1,300 miles
(2092 km) west of the Alaska mainland, in 1979. The building's
cementitious wood fiber roof deck possessed diaphragm strength
inadequate to accommodate strong seismic events. The deck had to be
replaced while keeping the island's only hospital functional during
the reroofing work. This was a challenge because in the Aleutian
Chain, moderate winds and rain squalls occur nearly every day.
During the first construction season, the old deck was removed, and
a new metal deck and built-up roof system were installed. The work
took place under a large wooden box that provided protection over
the work area. During the next construction season, a steel
superstructure was installed to convert the original low-slope roof
system into a steep-slope metal roof system. It is my understanding
the roof outlasted the station, which was abandoned a few years
What are your favorite items on your desk?
One item is a model of a lunar rover. To me, it illustrates what we
are capable of technologically. Another item is a small banner from
a shrine in Japan that a colleague gave me during a 10-hour layover
in Tokyo while traveling to Guam to conduct typhoon research.
What was your first job?
Delivering newspapers when I was in sixth grade...