Essential Roofing Knowledge for Facility Managers

by Paul Farrier and Kenneth Brzozowski, PhD

Excerpts from the Preface of the Book

“Though Facility Managers do not control all aspects of a roof replacement project, and not expected to, their management skills are essential to steering a successful project. The various choices that they make in delegating can assure optimum long-term quality and best economy or result in something much less. The purpose of this dissertation is to provide the Facility Manager with a good understanding of what drives the roofing industry and how it has evolved under market forces to be what it is today. With this insightful knowledge, a Facility Manager will be able to cause vendors to be more client-centric and take their focus off of what their competition is doing.”

“If Facility Managers knew that they had alternative choices in the matter, they would not choose having to replace a roof every twenty years or less. It is too expensive, too risky, and too problematic for the environment. On the other hand, contractors and manufacturers would love an opportunity to replace a roof every ten to twenty years. It appears that they are getting their way.”

“Without a doubt, all Facility Managers know that they have a duty to care about their company’s assets and profitability. Now considering that the roof is the one asset that protects all others, it makes sense that roof should be carefully and properly managed. So, it is logical that if roofing assets are to be managed, they must be managed well. The building owner will not get the full economic benefit from poorly designed and executed programs.”

Integrity in Roof Asset Management & Project Risks Mitigation

With over 140 years of combined experiences in all aspects of roofing, Concord Consulting Group is independent of manufacturers and contractors.

Services include:

Assessment

  • Primary Inspection & Inventory w/ Scaled Drawings
  • Construction/Condition Analysis w/ verification photos
  • Risk Mitigation Analysis w/ Cost of Delayed Action
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Core Analysis
  • Budget Analysis
  • Recommendations
  • Next course of action

Design Considerations

  • Cost Factors
  • Building Influences
  • Building Use
  • Sensitivity of space beneath
  • Structure/Design of Building
  • Building Codes
  • Safety & Health
  • Load limitations
  • Availability of products / contractors

Bid Document Preparation

  • CSI Format detailed for specifying quality of products and quality of installation.
  • Detail Drawings
  • Labeled Scaled Roof Plans
  • Incorporation of Owners bidding requirements.
  • Incorporation of Prevailing Wage Rates when applicable
  • Inclusion of Architects or Engineers approval and stamp when required.

Bid & Proposal Evaluation 

  • Lowest Bidder
  • Best Bidder consideration
  • Evaluation of voluntary alternates
  • Rejection of proposal submitted with suspicion of collusion

Project Progress

  • Scheduled progress meetings
  • Project progress inspections
  • Impromptu progress meetings
  • Progress Reports
    • % Complete
    • Deviations from specifications
    • Damaged materials to be removed from site
    • Weather Conditions
    • Verification photos
  • Material and Component Testing

Project Closeout

  • Final Inspection
    • Punch List
    • Punch List completion verification
  • Warranty Issue
  • Prior to Final Payment
    • Material Suppliers paid in full verification
    • Subcontractors paid in full verification

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, Intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” William a. Foster