If they had a choice, most construction companies wouldn’t want to do a roofing project in Oregon during the winter.

Unfortunately, the $38 million reconstruction of Central High School in Independence was taking longer than expected. This was bad news for Ri Ky Roofing, the company tasked with handling the school’s new $583,000 roof.

“The adhesives used in a fully adhered roofing system need both dry weather and an ambient temperature of 38˚ and rising – both of which are difficult to accomplish with our Oregon winters,” said Ri Ky owner Tara Kramer.

Ri Ky had a solution, however, Company officials went to the project general contractor, LCG Pence, and presented a Rhino Bond system. It was a different kind of attachment method, but one that still met the architects’ and school officials’ standards.

The proposal enabled the contractor to finish ahead of schedule. Instead of 27 months to finish the project, it only took 15. And that allowed students to start the 2010 school year in their new facilities.

“You should have seen their faces,” said Kramer. Her company literally rose to all of the challenges, according to Kramer. When the roof on the project did not have parapet walls, for example, the contractor asked Ri Ky to provide the temporary safety feature; Kramer’s company didn’t hesitate to fill the request.

“We took on this challenge and installed a tie–off system that surpassed OSHA’s requirements after consulting our safety consultant, Ed Harmon, and maintained our safe working reputations on this project,” she said.