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District tackling Ottawa roof repairs with settlement money

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 6/12/2013

Roof repairs are in the future for three Ottawa elementary schools this summer and fall.

The Ottawa school board voted 7-0 Monday night to spend a recent $2.5-million settlement it received from Manning Construction Co. and some of its subcontractors to repair roof and epoxy floor damage at Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools in Ottawa.

Roof repairs are in the future for three Ottawa elementary schools this summer and fall.

The Ottawa school board voted 7-0 Monday night to spend a recent $2.5-million settlement it received from Manning Construction Co. and some of its subcontractors to repair roof and epoxy floor damage at Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools in Ottawa.

The Ottawa school district filed a civil suit April 13, 2011, against Manning, seeking damages for what it claimed was faulty work — citing leaks in the roofs and cracking in the floors of both schools within a year of the projects being completed. Manning was the general contractor in charge of the construction of Lincoln, 1102 N. Milner Road, and a major renovation project at Garfield, 1213 S. College St., which began in 2005.

The school board voted April 15 to approve a settlement negotiated between attorneys and representatives of Manning Construction and the school district negotiating team of school board president Susan Ward, school board member Dennis George and the district’s attorney, Michael Norris.

After the vote in April, Ward estimated the $2.5 million settlement should cover the cost of repairing the roof and floor damage to both schools.

Her prediction came to fruition Monday.

The total cost to repair the epoxy floors and roofs at both schools came to $2,428,499.

The board voted 7-0 to accept Kansas City, Kan.-based Delta Innovative Services’ low bid of $1,140,000 to repair the roof at Garfield, and to approve Olathe-based Boone Brothers Roofing’s low bid of $1,141,300 to repair Lincoln’s roof.

The board also voted unanimously to accept two low bids presented by Desco Coatings, Olathe, to repair the epoxy floor at Garfield for $73,554 and to repair the epoxy floor at Lincoln for $73,595.

In a separate action, the school board voted 7-0 to replace the flat portion of the roof at Eugene Field Elementary School, 720 Tremont Ave., in an attempt to seal off the building from moisture infiltration.

The school district had taken several steps to shore up the Eugene Field building in the past year in an effort to eliminate moisture and mold and improve air quality in the building.

Richard Smith, the school district’s director of facilities and operations, said the new roof would help ensure the building was free of potential leaks.

“It’s a high-quality roof, and it should make the building tight from the outside,” Smith said.

The board voted unanimously to approve Delta’s low bid of $290,000 for the work at Eugene Field.

The project is scheduled for completion before classes resume in mid-August, Smith said.

“The Eugene Field roof work was scheduled to be done this summer as part of our long-range facilities improvement plan,” Smith said. “This roof replacement is not related to the lawsuit.

“We replaced the pitched portion of Eugene Field’s roof last year, so this is just part of the roof and it’s a lot smaller area than the roofs at Garfield and Lincoln,” Smith said, in explaining why the roof project was much less expensive than the work to be done at Garfield and Lincoln schools this fall.

“The earliest both contractors said they could start on the Lincoln and Garfield work was Sept. 1,” Smith said.

He estimated the work would take at least three months.

“Installing the metal roofs at Lincoln and Garfield are huge jobs, so the work is liable to run into 2014,” Smith said.

The contractors will set up loading and unloading staging areas at each school to ensure safety, Smith said. The work is expected to cause minimal distractions for the students, Smith and roofing company representatives said.

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