Testing being done on Barlow roof to determine costs

Infrared testing on the roof at Joel Barlow High School is being done to determine which areas need to be restored or replaced when the roof’s 20-year warranty expires in June.

Peggy Sullivan, director of finance and operations for Easton, Redding and Region 9 school districts, said the infrared testing is to give the Region 9 Board of Education accurate pricing for the project before it goes out to bid.

The board, which oversees the operation of Joel Barlow High School, approved $10,000 from the capital plan budget for the infrared testing.

Tremco is the company the board chose for the roof project because its preliminary estimate is $1.8-million, which is the least expensive option the board received during the request for proposal period.

Other estimates were between $3.7 million and $6 million. These estimates were for a full roof 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 yet to decide whether the replaced sections of the roof will have a slope of a half-inch per square foot in order to be in compliance with the state. If the roof meets state requirements, the board may apply for reimbursement, said Ms. Sullivan. Historically, Region 9 has received a 35% state reimbursement on projects, she said during the Region 9 meeting in December.

The roof’s 20-year warranty is up on June 28, 2013. To qualify for reimbursement, the section of the roof that needs to be fully replaced can’t be worked on until after June 28, said Chris Hocker, board member, during the December meeting.

The portion of the roof that will be restored may be worked on at any time, he said.

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