By Alan Sorensen
Work is progressing on the new Lincoln-McKinley Elementary School roof with just one hitch so far.
The architects and contractors were unaware that the facia around the perimeter of the roof was anchored by rebar, because it didnt appear in any of the drawings used to bid the job. The facia hangs down about a foot and a half or so from the roof and curls back in to the buildings faade.
When workers demolished the stucco covering the facia, they found no actual facia structure upon which they could attach the new structure.
As a result, a new design was worked up to attach 2-inch by 12-inch conduit-type fasteners to the rebar. The added cost to the project is estimated at $11,300. That cost includes $7,245 in labor, $2,350 in materials, and $1,600 in overhead and bonding costs.
Superintendent Kirk Miller assured trustees Tuesday night that the total cost of the project remains below the dollar amount the district approved because of the winning bid was so low.
The work must be done and is under way, Miller said in his written recommendation that the board approve work. If you recall, the bid for the project came in under the building reserve balance, therefore, the revenue is available in the building fund to cover the change order.
Jim Heberly, co-chairman of the board and an electrical engineer, said it isnt unusual for contractors to run into such problems on a job and that they have to be allowed for.
Miller said that Sunnyside was erected at nearly the same time and with a similar design as Lincoln-McKinley in the mid 1950s and that the problem didnt exist in the Sunnyside School reroofing project that was completed about four years ago.
The board of trustees unanimously approved the work.