At Joel Barlow High School: Board has new option for roof

The Region 9 school board has a roof restoration option on the table, offering a less expensive alternative to a full-roof replacement at Joel Barlow High School.

At its Thursday, Dec. 6, meeting Chris Hocker of Redding, board member and Financial Advisory Committee chair, told the board about the new option.

It materialized after Requests for Proposals was made in October for an engineer to draw up design work for the old section of the roof. Tremco, a roof restoration company, came forward with an estimate on restoring part of the old roof and also replacing part of the roof, said Peggy Sullivan, director of finance and operations for Easton, Redding and Region 9 school districts.

Mr. Hocker said Tremco has extensive and impressive references.

“The preliminary estimate is about $1.89 million, which looks a lot better than $6 million,” he said. They’d also provide a 10-year warranty with the strong possibility of extending at no additional cost, he said. “They [Tremco] would act as a general contractor and seemed very promising.”

At the Sept. 12 board meeting, Ms. Sullivan said BPD Roof Consulting gave an estimate on how much the roof would cost with a quarter-inch slope per square foot and with a half-inch slope per square foot.

The quarter-inch slope per square foot would cost $3,711,000. A half-inch slope per square foot, which is the state requirement, would cost $4,370,000 — a difference of $660,000, said Ms. Sullivan.

DRA, Drummey Rosane Anderson Architecture and Interior Design gave an estimate for both measurements as well.

A half-inch slope per square foot is projected to cost about $6.2 million and a quarter-inch slope per square foot is projected at about $5.8 million.

Those estimates include the contingencies, bonding costs, architect fees and the roof work.

DRA also provided a 30-year warranty instead of 20 years, she said.

If the board decides to go with Tremco and restoring the roof, the work won’t reimbursement from the state.

“A restoration project does not qualify for state reimbursement. Only a fully replacement does and only if the pitch is changed to the half-inch per square foot,” said Ms. Sullivan in an email.

The restoration does not involve a pitch. It would be a restoration of the roof as it is now, said Mr. Hocker.

“The idea is that the restoration would give us equivalent value for less cost, even counting in the potential reimbursement,” said Mr. Hocker.

Tremco provided a reference list that includes the Amity school district, Hartford school districts and the Wethersfield schools and town buildings.

Mr. Hocker said the Financial Advisory Committee will soon bring a recommendation forward.

“There is still no question that after 20 years, we’ll either need to restore or replace [the roof],” he said.

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