By Cass Jacoby.
For over 20 years, the Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) has seen and showcased some incredible jobs and has honored many amazing individuals. This year, Job of the Year award was given to The Roofing Company for their Division IV (jobs over $850,000) contest for their work on the Vail Mountain View Condos in Vail.
A testament to the company’s talent in tackling difficult jobs in the Colorado mountains, The Roofing Company faced numerous obstacles on this new construction project, which began in January 2021 and took over ten months to complete. See for yourself in this video of the project!
Evan Johnson, highlights in his interview that this was an extremely challenging mountain job. Since the work started in the dead of winter, back-to-back storms pushed deliveries out, cancelled cranes and closed down the highway to access the jobsite.
“Snow had accumulated over 220 inches and required the crews to complete over 280 hours of snow removal to complete the metal roof sections,” Evan shares with Sky-Hi News. “Just getting crews to the jobsite was a task. Vail Mountain View provided zero parking at the job site. Our crews had to drop off all tools for the day, and, if they were lucky, find parking six blocks away. The next available parking was in Gypsum.”
To add to the challenge, the jobsite was in close proximity to everyone driving up and down a major highway for 10 months, and offered no ground storage for the shipment of materials.
“Lastly, the roof assembly/vented nail base has over five additional steps. The vented nail base system cannot have any moisture between the components and is a very time sensitive system to install material,” explains Evan. “Each step had to be finished same day and crews could not walk off (the) job site until steps were completed.”
The Roofing Company obviously earned their first spot position for this tricky job that required untold hours of planning and all of this was done while under pandemic mandates. The win was not only scored based on the challenges of the project, but also on safety. Safety was paramount as the crew members battled ice and snow in the winter months, especially while spending almost 300 hours shoveling snow from the roof.
Two horizontal lifeline cable systems were installed at the peak allowing individual fall arrest equipment to be used, which helped keep crew members working safely even on the small areas that were sometimes only two feet wide.
Evan says that the secret to the Roofing Co.’s success is in the people who worked on the project. “It was The Roofing Co. project coordinator’s job to order and organize delivery of over 200 different parts and pieces. Several project managers made sure each piece was installed correctly and in the right order,” says Evan. “And most importantly, our crews who get on the roof on a minus 10-degree day and continue to work in grueling weather and meet incredibly hard deadlines.”
With employees like these, it is no wonder why The Roofing Company took home the top honor of Job of the Year!
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Cass works as a reporter/writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, AskARoofer and MetalCoffeeShop. When she isn’t writing about roofs, she is putting her Master degree to work writing about movies and dancing with her plants.
Photo credit: Sky-Hi News
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