Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lincoln roof fix gets even more pricey

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/29/2014

Greg Leslie nearly hit the nail on the head when he estimated in November it would cost $150,000 more to repair the leaky roof at Lincoln Elementary School.

On Monday night, Leslie, a roofing and flooring consultant with The Garland Company Inc., Overland Park, presented the Ottawa school board with a change order request from Boone Brothers Roofing, Olathe, for an additional $157,200 to install the new roof at Lincoln, 1102 N. Milner Road.

Greg Leslie nearly hit the nail on the head when he estimated in November it would cost $150,000 more to repair the leaky roof at Lincoln Elementary School.

On Monday night, Leslie, a roofing and flooring consultant with The Garland Company Inc., Overland Park, presented the Ottawa school board with a change order request from Boone Brothers Roofing, Olathe, for an additional $157,200 to install the new roof at Lincoln, 1102 N. Milner Road.

The additional expense is tied to the need to remove all the panels on the Lincoln roof, which would require additional labor. All but about $10,000 of the change order would be in additional labor costs, because only two to four panels can be stacked on the roof at one time and the project could take four to five months to complete, Leslie told the school board.

The Ottawa school district filed a civil suit in April 2011 against Manning Construction and several subcontractors, seeking damages for what it claimed was faulty work — citing leaks in the roofs and cracking in the floors of Garfield and Lincoln elementary schools. Manning was the general contractor in charge of the construction of Lincoln, and a major renovation project at Garfield, 1213 S. College St., which began in 2005. Both projects were substantially complete in early 2007, according to court documents.

The school board voted in April 2013 to approve a $2.5-million settlement with Manning Construction. With the settlement in hand, the school board voted in June to accept Kansas City, Kan.-based Delta Innovative Services’ low bid of $1,140,000 to repair the roof at Garfield, and to approve Boone Brothers’ low bid of $1,141,300 to repair Lincoln’s roof.

But workers and inspectors uncovered additional problems with both roofs as they prepared to begin the projects.

With regard to the roof at Lincoln, all of it, except for the office area, was designed to minimum standards, Leslie told the school board in November.

“It does meet code, but it won’t support another roof without taking the existing panels completely off and then putting the new panels on,” Leslie said, which would come at an additional cost beyond the original estimate.

Leslie and Dale White, the school district’s director of facilities and operations, told the school board Monday night that if the change order were approved, the goal would be for Boone Brothers to start on the project in March so it could be completed by summer’s end.

“Due to the structural design of the existing building, only two to four panels at a time can be lifted to the roof structure to be installed at any one time,” Leslie wrote in a letter to the school board. “At that time two to four panels of the existing roof panels will be removed from the structure and the new panels installed. This will keep the building in a dry and safe condition at all times.”

Leslie recommended the school board approve the change order and move forward with the project.

Dennis George, school board member, recommended the board table the discussion until its Feb. 10 meeting so it could review a detailed account of the $157,200 change order. Other board members agreed to delay a vote on the change order until Feb. 10.

Leslie said it would not be a problem to provide the board with more details. He also told the board he had not received an estimate of the additional cost to repair the Garfield roof.

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