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Repair of school roof to be bid next spring

 


Voters rejected bonding for a $1.8 million roof replacement for the Haines School, but the borough will go ahead with a $60,000 repair project funded with state money.

Borough facilities director Carlos Jimenez said he would put together bid documents aimed at addressing deficiencies in the school roof, which leaks in both the building’s gymnasiums and in the high school open area. The project will go to bid in the spring, he said.

Because $60,000 doesn’t buy much, the borough might look to use other pots of money on the project, he said.

“We’ll get up there with a contractor and identify areas we can find that might be causing problems. We’re not going to go crazy up there if we’re looking at replacing the roof,” Jimenez said. Specifically, the borough will be looking at the parapet, flashing and areas around a rooftop utility room, he said.

A 2013 inspection by Juneau engineering firm Jensen Yorba Lott laid out dozens of recommended repairs to the roof above the high school and swimming pool including clearing moss and sludge from the roof surface and drains, patching fasteners where membrane is torn, fixing failed seams, resealing cracks and repairing bubbles in membrane roofing.

School maintenance man Gary Stigen said recently that work he did, including caulking around the doors of the utility roof, appeared to have significantly reduced water leaking into the high school open area and an adjoining office. Water leaking in from above the open area travels along a large beam, which explains why it comes down in several places, Stigen said.

Drips in the office once filled trash cans, but were minimal last winter, Stigen said. Stigen said he patched one leak that was from around flashing surrounding a chimney over the middle school gymnasium.

Jimenez said that although the fix isn’t a permanent replacement for the roof, the springtime work might stop leakage. “If there’s funds available and we can figure out where it’s coming from, absolutely. I’d like to put some funding into doing more, if we have a contractor up there.”

Jimenez said he was hoping to improve communication with school officials to keep closer track of maintenance issues to put the borough on a preventative posture. “I’ll send people over (to the school) in a heartbeat, but I don’t want to hear we’ve had an ongoing problem for five years and now we need a major project to fix it.”

Jimenez and Stigen both say the high school roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan and must be replaced. Haines Borough school board president Anne Marie Palmieri said at the Nov. 4 board meeting that a larger roof project might be included in a school bond for repairs to locker rooms of the swimming pool and high school gymnasium.

 
 

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