Roof repairs at GSES will cost $260,000 |

Roof repairs at GSES will cost $260,000

It’ll be expensive, but work on an unsafe roof at Glenwood Springs Elementary School will be complete by the start of classes. Construction crews at GSES discovered last week that the roof of the Bolitho Annex is unstable and are scrambling to get it fixed. Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said after a special school board meeting Friday that when workers peeled back the fascia board from the side of the roof, they discovered that the roof may be unstable. “It couldn’t have been found had they not pulled that off,” she said. Additional bracing in the walls will be needed to make the building safe for occupancy, Haptonstall said in a written statement Wednesday. The repairs will cost RFSD $260,000, which the school board passed on Friday, and will come out of the district’s capital reserve fund. The Bolitho Building’s structural repairs were not part of the RFSD’s master plan for the $86 million bond issue, which voters approved in 2004. “Had the master plan indicated a concern about the roof on the Bolitho Building, a very different decision would have been made regarding bond issue projects,” she said. “Based on information from contractors and engineers, the structural problem could not have been detected without the removal of old material covering the roof support systems.”Haptonstall said the district asked its structural engineers to analyze other parts of the building’s structure, a project slated for completion by the beginning of school. If the analysis finds other structural problems, the district will develop a plan to bring the building up to code, she said. Tim Brekel, RFSD’s architectural and construction consultant, said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that the repair work will be complete before the first day of school Sept. 5. “We have created backup plans in case we need to borrow a few spaces to get school off and running on schedule,” Haptonstall said. In other business Wednesday, Brekel told the board that of all the district’s construction projects, the work at Sopris Elementary is the first to be complete. Landscaping there, he said, will be finished next week. Work at other area schools is also on schedule. Construction at GSES, Glenwood Springs Middle School and all three Basalt schools will be complete next month. Roaring Fork High School is scheduled for completion in July 2007. Currently, Utilities are being installed and foundation work is in progress. At Glenwood Springs High School, the construction of the new wing’s basement is in progress. All work at the school is slated for completion in January 2008. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext.

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