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Roofing contractor passes away

Ronnie Van Winkle, president and owner of Van Winkle Roofing Inc., Roswell, N.M., passed away May 13.

Van Winkle's company has been an NRCA member since 1976, and he served as the National Roofing Legal Resource Center's president from 1998-99. He also served as an NRCA director from 1994-95 and 1998-2001 and participated in numerous NRCA committees, including the Building Codes Committee, Membership Committee, Residential/Steep-slope Contractor Management Committee and Spanish Language Task Force.

In addition, Van Winkle was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pecos Valley Society of Trainmen, Army National Guard, Roswell Rotary Club, New Mexico Roofing Contractors Association, City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Committee, Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission, Extra-Territorial Planning and Zoning Commission, New Mexico National Guard Association Committee, Roswell Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, Midwest Roofing Contractors Association, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve, and numerous other volunteer organizations supporting his community.

He is survived by his wife Dene; son Jared Carlysle Van Winkle; daughters Jamie Bouldin, Jolie Van Winkle and Krista Van Winkle Riley; mother Dorothy Lee Waddell; brothers Jonnie F. Van Winkle and Richard G. Van Winkle; sister Jo Ann Humphrey; granddaughters Bennett Bouldin and Lauren Bouldin; six nieces; and seven nephews.

Lyons Roofing wins award

Lyons Roofing, Phoenix, has won the 2009 BBB Business Ethics Award in the 51-150 employees category. Presented by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central, Northern & Western Arizona and the BBB Foundation, the award recognizes local companies for their commitment to ethical business practices.

In addition, Lyons Roofing has been nominated for the 2009 Spirit of Enterprise Award presented by the Spirit of Enterprise Center at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business in Tempe. The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes Arizona businesses that embody ethics, energy and entrepreneurship.

Manufacturer news

Seaman introduces award

Seaman Corp. has introduced its FiberTite® Silver Roof Award, which it grants to its customers, contractors and roof consultants for their roles pioneering FiberTite's positive reputation.

Hicks Industrial Roofing Inc., New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Bill Earney of Millersburg, Ohio, are the award's first recipients. The award was granted for a FiberTite roof system Hicks Industrial Roofing installed at Earney Dental Associates in Millersburg in 1984 that still is performing. Both parties will receive recognition plaques.

Tecta America launches solar division

Tecta America Corp., Skokie, Ill., has launched Tecta Solar, a division that develops turnkey solar energy systems, including the systems' design, engineering, financing, installation, maintenance, warranty and performance.

Ken Beiser and Samir Dube have been named Tecta Solar's managing directors. Ted Middleton has been named director of sales; Katie Riedo has been named development analyst; and Jay Levin has been named project manager.

"We work with clients to assess their tax situations and energy needs to develop customized solar solutions that maximize the benefits of federal, state and local incentives," says Mark Santacrose, Tecta America's president and chief executive officer.

EcoStar® wins award

EcoStar, Carlisle, Pa., has won an award in the 2009 PCBC® Annual Cool Products Competition. EcoStar's 10-inch Majestic Slate™ synthetic slate roof tile was the winning product in the competition's Conserves Natural Resources category.

"This award is a significant achievement for EcoStar," says Michael McAuley, EcoStar's general manager. "It has always been our goal to provide the highest-quality product while preserving our environment and its resources."

ATAS International introduces educational program

ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa., now offers "Energy Efficient Building Envelope Technology," an AIA/CES Sustainable Design Course that can provide one learning unit hour toward the health, safety and welfare requirement for continuing education.

The educational course demonstrates how installing metal cladding on roofs and walls can contribute to sustainable building design. The course also reviews concepts and technology of building-integrated photovoltaic systems, functions of transpired solar collectors, and combining solar reflectance and thermal emittance with above sheathing ventilation for cool metal roof systems.

More information is available at

Other news

Roofing industry friend passes away

Mali Elizabeth Dodson, assistant editor of Western Roofing and Architectural West, passed away suddenly April 14 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was 33.

Dodson attended the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in broadcast communications. Following college, she worked for a local television station before joining Dodson Publications Inc., Reno. Dodson married Marcus Dodson, editor of Architectural West and associate editor of Western Roofing, in 1998.

Dodson is survived by her husband; two children, Camille and Colton; and many other family members.

Green roofs organization presents awards

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has announced the winners of its 2009 Green Roof Awards of Excellence.

Awards were presented to 10 individuals, companies and organizations in 10 categories, including Green Walls, Green Roof—Extensive Residential and Green Roof—Intensive Institutional, during GRHC's 7th Annual International Green Roof and Wall Conference in Atlanta June 3-5.

"Since 2003, it has been our honor to grant Awards of Excellence to leaders in the growing field of living architecture," says Steven W. Peck, GRHC's president and founder. "With the economic and environmental benefits of holistic design practices becoming more evident, this year's winning projects display outstanding characteristics that lead the way in the development of healthy and restorative buildings."

More information about the award winners, including project photos and background materials, is available at

RCI elects leaders

RCI Inc. elected its 2009-10 board of directors during its 24th International Convention and Trade Show in Dallas March 16.

David R. Hawn, RRC, CEM, president of NRCA member Dedicated Roof & HydroSolutions LLC, Centerville, Va., was elected RCI president. Robert J. Elsdon, RRO, founder of Elsdon Consulting, Surrey, British Columbia, was elected first vice president. Richard L. Cook Jr., RRC, RWC, CCS, LEED AP, vice president and partner of NRCA member ADC Engineering Inc., Hanahan, S.C., was elected second vice president. Arthur P. Ward III, RRC, president of A.P. Ward Consulting Inc., Kennesaw, Ga., was elected secretary/treasurer. John L. Willers, RRC, FRCI, PE, president of NRCA member Rooftop Systems Engineers, Raleigh, N.C., is immediate past president.

In addition, RCI has announced the winners of its 2009 Document Competition.

Cook won first place in the Report Writing category for his entry on the Clemson University Cope-Young Utility Tunnel, Clemson, S.C. Cook also won first place in the Small Roofing/Waterproofing/Exterior Wall Project Documents category for his entry on the Charleston Gateway Center, Charleston, S.C. Michael Petermann, RA, consultant for NRCA member Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., New York, won first place in the Large Roofing/Waterproofing/Exterior Wall Project Documents category for his entry on Gracie Towers, New York.

Also, RCI has released Wind Design for Low-Slope Roofs—Part II: FM Global Guidelines and Best Practice Considerations, the second program in its two-part online educational series addressing wind-related design considerations for low-slope roof systems.

Course participants will use ASCE 7-05 methods and nomenclature to develop a working understanding of FM Global wind-pressure guidelines and other FM Global wind-related requirements. Additionally, ASCE 7 methods will be applied to other wind-related roof system design issues, including flashing design, existing roof evaluations and ballasted roof assembly design.

Additional course objectives include determining roof membrane design uplift pressures using FM Global methods and tables; understanding and applying FM Global Data Sheets 1-49 and 1-52; using ANSI/SPRI RP-4 and FM Global ballasted roof guidelines to design ballasted roof systems; applying ANSI/SPRI ES 1-03 calculations and test methods to flashing designs to create flashing assemblies that resist calculated pressures and meet building codes; and selecting appropriately tested roof assemblies that meet uplift pressure guidelines calculated according to ASCE 7-05 and FM Global procedures.

More information about RCI's educational programs is available at

The industry online

Petersen Aluminum Corp. has updated to include the PAC Visualizer, which allows users to view customized panel profiles and finishes; installation videos with illustrations and graphics; and expanded product pages, including submittal information with testing and approval data, drawings and downloadable specification sheets.


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