Chamberlin was selected by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) as the 2007 Gold Circle Award runner-up in the category of Innovative Solutions in Reroofing for their work on the Texas Children’s Hospital West Tower. Chamberlin was recognized for their achievement at NRCA’s 120th Annual Convention and 2007 International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas on March 7th. 

Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S. In July of 2004, water began leaking over a critical area in the Neonatal ICU. Upon investigation Chamberlin discovered that the roof was completely saturated including large quantities of the existing Lightweight Insulating Concrete (LWC) deck. Removal and replacement of this material was going to be extremely costly and disruptive to the round-the-clock operations of the hospital. However, tests of the LWC indicated that if the LWC could be dried, then it would have the structural integrity to continue to serve as the support for a new roof. A drying system consisting of powered fans was installed and allowed to run for four months while the project continued on other roof areas. This negative pressure drying system brought the moisture content of the LWC back to a level approved by the roofing manufacturer for issuance of their premium warranty. This unique drying procedure saved Texas Children’s Hospital as much as $250,000 when compared to the cost of removal and replacement of the LWC.

Out of the hundreds of roofing contractors that entered the NRCA Gold Circle Awards competition, Chamberlin is proud to be honored as a runner-up in the reroofing category of Innovative Solutions.