We donated a roof!

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We donated a roof!


Late last year David Rauth, president of OIRCA Active Member Rauth Roofing Limited of Windsor contacted OIRCA’s Rooftop Rescue (RR) with a proposal to reroof a not for profit charitable organization’s facility in his town which services the Windsor-Essex County.

Known to many in the community as simply STAG, the Sandwich Teen Action Group provides educational and recreational programs for youth 13-19 years of age in a safe environment. This centre for youth is designed as an alternative to the streets where they can find support, cope with problems and lead healthy life styles. Their moto is respect yourself resect others.

Don Marks, Executive Director of Rooftop Rescue forwarded the proposal to the foundation’s Board for consideration. He knew they would support it. “Many of our most recent projects have been related to helping youth”, he stated. “It seems like helping children related organizations has become an unofficial theme for RR projects.”

David told RR that STAG had acquired a former Catholic grade school building a few years back. The roof was in pretty rough shape and had deteriorated to the point that some of the program rooms in the building were not accessible due to leaks. The hallways in the centre were experiencing leaks as well and required regular maintenance.

It turned out that Rauth Roofing had done most of the work for RR as they had secured a commitment from OIRCA Associate Member Carlisle Construction Materials to supply one of their single-ply roofing systems. Rauth’s proposal included the installation of Carlisle’s 60 mil mechanically fastened TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane system over polyisocyanurate roof insulation.

Ian Moriarty, Carlisle’s Sales Manager for Canada told RR, “The Sandwich Teen Action Group does important work in the Windsor Community by supporting youth at risk through a variety of programs and services. Cornerstone to their mission, is a dry and safe facility.

When STAG was in need of a roof replacement, Carlisle SynTec Canada was honoured to contribute to the project through partnership with the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation. A new roof will ensure that STAG can continue to positively influence the lives of youth in the community for years to come.”

But Rauth hadn’t found a source for the polyiso insulation board. No problem stated Don Marks. “I made one phone call to Paul Kondraciuk at Atlas Roofing Corporation who operate a polyiso roof insulation plant in Toronto.” Paul was quick to respond. “I want us to be involved with this. I will call you right back.” And he did. We had our insulation.

"We were thrilled to partner with OIRCA for this project and provide Atlas ACFoam for the reroofing project on the STAG campus. STAG provides a very valuable service to their community and we are glad we were able to help get their building back up and running", Paul commented.

Fast forward to spring 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial government had declared construction essential, then mostly non-essential, then essential again in May. Rauth had been operating what amounted to a skeleton staff essentially waiting for construction to start up again but saw a window open which allowed them to assemble a crew using their new company COVID-19 safety practices.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be working with the OIRCA’s Rooftop Rescue program to support one of Windsor’s foremost youth groups”, said David Rauth. “This roof donation will give the Sandwich Teen Action Group the confidence and security it needs to facilitate their various after school programs and initiatives for decades to come.”

John Elliott, STAG's Executive Director was elated that Rauth was able to get the work completed during such a crazy time, what with the Corona virus. “The roof renovations at the STAG facility will allow classroom spaces to once again be utilized for youth programs and other community groups. Our organization is truly grateful for this charitable donation and it is because of people and associations like OIRCA, Rauth Roofing and their suppliers that assist us with keeping the doors to our facility open”, he stated.