School board chooses Tremco for roof work

With a $1.8-million preliminary estimate, the Region 9 Board of Education has decided to go with Tremco Roofing to restore and replace the old section of roof at Joel Barlow High School. The roof’s 20-year warranty will end in June, and the roof needs to be replaced  or restored to meet state requirements.

Chris Hocker of Redding, board member and chair of the Facilities and Fields Committee, said there would be about 100,000 square feet of restored roof and about 30,000 square feet of replaced roof on the older section of the school.

Other estimates the board received were between $3.7 million and $6 million. These estimates were for a full replacement and adding a pitch to the roof of either a quarter-inch slope per square foot or a half-inch slope per square foot. The board has not yet decided on the pitch.

The state requires new roofs to have a pitch of a half-inch slope per square foot in order for schools to be reimbursed. Cathy Gombos, board chair, asked if it were possible to adopt the state specifications for the pitch of the roof on the replaced portion for partial state reimbursement. Mr. Hocker said, “Yes, probably.”

Peggy Sullivan, director of finance and operations for Easton, Redding and Region 9, said historically Region 9 has received 35% back from state reimbursement on projects.

“It’s higher because we’re a regional school,” she said. The school could receive up to $220,000 if the total project comes in at $1.8 million, she said.

Mr. Hocker said there is a catch — the roof has to turn 20 before the state will reimburse the school. The roof turns 20 on June 28, 2013.

“We can submit the reimbursement application on June 29,” he said. But work can’t start on the replacement portion until after the roof turns 20 in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

The restoration of the roof can begin at any time, he said.

Ms. Gombos asked if the roof can make it through the next school year without being replaced.

Walter Czudak, director of buildings and grounds at Barlow, said the roof is not in danger of any problems as long as “we keep up with maintenance.”

The building will also be functional during construction because of the decking between the roof and the building, he said.

The next step Tremco will take to go forward with the roof project is to do an infrared study of the roof, said Mr. Hocker. The study will cost about $5,000 to $6,000, which would come from the capital fund.

The board’s Financial Advisory Committee has yet to approve the allocation and appropriation for the infrared study.

“We’ll discuss that in January,” said Mr. Hocker.

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