Many Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc. employees recently participated in the 35th annual Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Trade Show in Oak Brook on January 18-19, 2018. The Knickerbocker team took the opportunity to listen to industry leaders with expertise in design, building codes, construction law and more. We networked with specifiers, suppliers and manufacturer representatives to stay on the forefront of what is happening in roofing in the Chicagoland area and nationally. The safety seminar was attended by more than twenty-five Knickerbocker field employees and supervisors who spent their morning learning about the latest trends in safety and the most recent changes that provide for their well-being each day on the roof.
With over 2,700 attendees this year, the show continues to be a premier regional event in the roofing and waterproofing industry. Knickerbocker is proud to support and actively participate in the CRCA, including having our own Brian Cronin serving as 2nd Vice President of the organization.
The largest industry show is the International Roofing Expo (IRE), sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). The IRE will be in New Orleans this year February 6-8. Key members from Knickerbocker will be in attendance, making valuable connections, expanding our network and building professional relationships. The exhibits will offer another opportunity to see the latest in roofing technology and processes from around the country.
Like the CRCA Trade Show, the IRE is attended by a wide range of industry professionals including contractors, manufacturers, facility managers, architects and more. With 1,317 booths at the show, we will be busy refreshing our knowledge of industry technology, products, safety and professional skills. Additionally, there are more than 44 educational sessions for us to best utilize our time at the show.
Knickerbocker Roofing is excited to join the many participants at this year’s Expo. As specialized roofing contractors for over 130 years, we look forward to meeting other professionals in the industry and talking with attendees about our work and top of the line services we provide.
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Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc. is pleased to announce our receipt of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association’s (CRCA) 2017 Gold Medal Safety Award. Presented at CRCA’s Annual Awards Dinner, our team couldn’t be more honored and humbled for the recognition.
Annually, the award given by the CRCA recognizes roofing contractors who have exceptional safety standards and a continuous, conscientious effort to promote safe working conditions in the roofing and waterproofing industries.
Here at Knickerbocker, our mission is to be an incomparable roofing solutions provider by offering quality products, safely and efficiently installed by skilled trade workers . We regularly work towards maintaining our leadership role in the roofing, sheet metal, and waterproofing industries. Our aim is to always meet or exceed client expectations with our work.
Depicted left: Knickerbocker members at the awards dinner (L to R): David Cronin (Project Manager), Brian Cronin (Vice President), Mark Moran (President), Mark Cronin IV (Safety Director), Chris Cronin (CEO)
More on our company:
Knickerbocker has been family owned and managed for 130+ years
All Roofing, Sheet Metal, and Carpentry work are performed by our own employees
Annual safety training program for all field and supervisory employees
Project safety inspections by independent safety consultants
Certified by all major roofing system manufacturers to furnish and install their roof systems
Annual manufacturers’ roof system application training
Roof inspections and evaluations at no charge
License and bonded with the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
Outstanding roof leak repair and roof maintenance programs
The most modern and safe equipment, maintained by our full time mechanics
In-house sheet metal fabrication shop to custom form your sheet metal
Value engineering ideas to save you money and get the most from your investment
Long-term manufacturers’ warranties
More on CRCA:
Headquartered in Hillside, IL, CRCA is a local trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors in the greater Chicagoland area. Contractors, manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, consultants and others are members of CRCA, where they come together to discuss and tackle issues important to the roofing industry. CRCA serves the greater construction, roofing and waterproofing industries in Illinois through volunteer members who donate significant amounts of time to the association. For further information, contact Bill McHugh, Executive Director, CRCA, 708-449-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at Knickerbocker our progress reflects our birth in 1886. The awards that we have received over the years ultimately recognize us as a leading contractor in the roofing, sheet metal and waterproofing industries.
Many industries, including our own, have changed throughout the years, but our company’s mission remains strong: to provide outstanding solutions to our customers by offering quality products installed by skilled professionals. At Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving, employers and employees alike consistently strive to maintain our leadership role in the industry.
With that said, we are proud of our record throughout the years and honored to be recognized for our accomplishments. The awards received include:
• Project Awards
• Industry Awards and Certificates
• Manufacturer Awards and Certificates
• Safety Awards and Recognition
• Charity Awards and Certificates
Here is a brief overview of each category:
Landmark Preservation Awards
The ability to restore historic structures is a skill held by only a few companies. Because we are one of those companies who understand the importance of preserving history and we have the capabilities to do so, we are often called in to work on projects with historic and cultural significance. Three projects we have been involved with have been recognized with Chicago Landmark Awards for restoring, reusing, and promoting the city of Chicago’s historic architecture. Landmark Awards have been won with:
Lorado Taft Midway Studios: This challenging project consisted of small, low sloping roofs with skylights. All existing roofing material was removed and replaced with new Vermont slate, architectural shingles, and copper metal valleys to restore it to the original design. A deteriorated cupola was rebuilt and replaced. The building also houses a working art studio where we installed 12 custom fabricated skylights to enhance the studio with natural sunlight.
Indian Boundary Field House: Restoration of the fire-damaged building consisted of removing and replacing the multi-colored, multi-width, rescinding slate roof along with new copper sheet metal flashings, valleys, gutters, and downspouts. The challenge of working with multi-color rescinding slate requires skill and expertise to properly install the large slate at the eaves with progressively smaller slate tiles installed toward the top ridge.
Monroe Building: The steep slope on this occupied office building required exceptional skill and planning to avoid major disruptions to traffic and pedestrians. After carefully removing the existing roof we installed a custom-manufactured, two-tone, green-glazed Ludowici tile with 20 oz copper gutters and flashings. The complex nature of this project included installing a vertical and horizontal batten system and a 5,000 square foot copper gutter system. The final effect is stunning.
Industry Awards and Certificates
Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving has won the prestigious National Roofing Contractors Association Gold Circle Award – one which recognizes workmanship excellence. Additionally (and closer to our Chicago region home) we’ve been repeatedly acknowledged by the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, whose members include: contractors, manufacturers, distributors, manufacturer representatives, consultants and others industry professionals, who provide leadership for the industry in this region.
Manufacturer Awards and Certificates
For 2014, Knickerbocker received the Partner in Quality Award from Firestone Building Products. This award recognizes those contractors who meet requirements for installation excellence and performance of qualified materials within the roofing industry. We are extremely proud to be listed as a premier roofing contractor.
Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving recently received the 2015 Firestone Building Products Master Contractor Award. Although this isn’t the first time we’ve received the recognition as a best roofing contractor, it is the most recent of the various awards we’ve received over the years. According to Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products, “The annual Master Contractor Program recognizes our best contractor firms dedicated to installing roofing systems that help commercial buildings achieve long-term performance. We’re proud to have offered this award for the last 28 years to recognize our trusted contractor partners who are some of the best in the industry.” Other manufacturer awards and certificates that we’ve received include the “Ludowici Crown Installer” (Knickerbocker was one of only three companies to achieve this designation in the industry) as well as “Approved Carlisle Applicator of Sure-Seal Elastomeric Systems.” These are just two examples of the additional esteemed awards Knickerbocker has proudly accepted.
Safety Awards and Recognition
Our team takes safety extremely seriously and, as a direct result, we have been frequently recognized for our commitment to safety in what we do. A part of our safety program is the annual safety training program for all of our supervisors and field employees. We commonly share the company philosophy of “safety first.” In fact, many times over the years, our safety program has been recognized by organizations like the American Subcontractors Association (ASA –Chicago). Charity Awards and Recognition
Last, but certainly not least, our company and employees have received awards and recognition by charity organizations for service to our local community. We’ve been honored for our contributions and service to the DuPage Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia Research Foundation, and the cities of Harvey and Chicago, as well as other communities and organizations in the area.
Check out the photo gallery on our website which includes a display of several of the many awards and certificates Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving has received over the years. We’re honored and proud to share our accomplishments with you and our community!
Scaffolding is something you have come across whenever you have passed a construction site or building under remodeling—it’s used by construction companies and roofing companies, like ourselves, to protect pedestrians who are passing or entering the buildings, as well as the employees working on the construction. When it comes to the safety of workers and the general public, scaffolding is of utmost importance.
According to the article “Pedestrian and Occupant Safety and Scaffolding: Specifying Protection,” there are a variety of ways for building owners and roofing companies to ensure the safety of the workers—safety lines, parapet walls, and scaffolding. Scaffolding in particular has a double advantage: not only can it protect the general public from falling debris, it also provides the roofing workers a means of protection from falling off of the roof surface. Additionally, the scaffolding platform can be used to store and lift material and equipment.
As roofing professionals, we utilize scaffolding often, especially when it comes to steep roofing projects involving slate or tile. When it comes to scaffolding installation, it is necessary to understand all that is involved to safely and properly install it for complex projects, not to mention various codes that need to be followed. The scaffolding needs to be built by properly trained workers, inspected and maintained on a regular basis, and adjusted to each unique location so that safety is the number one priority. In the end, we not only want the roofing project to be completed in the highest quality, but we also want the safety of our workers and the public to be of highest concern as well.