The Mason County High School Fieldhouse roof is 75 percent complete.
According to Gary G. Scott with Scott and Associates Architectural of Frankfort, a base sheet has been placed on the roof and the cap sheet is currently going on.
“The base sheet had to be placed and dried out first,” Scott said. “They’re currently putting on the cap sheet and they’re about 75 percent. It will be about one week before they’re 100 percent on the cap sheet. Then, they have the parameter to finish.”
According to Scott, the roof is not being completed by using asphalt.
“Roofing today doesn’t use asphalt,” he said. “This is all with an adhesive rolled on. It looks like paint. They squeeze it out and heat it to make sure they get a good joint.”
From the roof of the Fieldhouse, it is easy to see the difference between the new Fieldhouse roof and the rest of the school.
“Year before last, we redid all of the roofing area, except the cafeteria, which probably has the original roof,” he said. “That roof is one of the materials that goes by EPDM,” he said. “That’s actually put on with an adhesive.”
Scott said bids will eventually be solicited in order to replace the roof on the Straub Elementary School building.
According to Scott, it will take about two weeks to finish the replacement of the Fieldhouse roof, but it will not affect students returning to school next week.
“It will be under a 25-year warranty,” he said. “If they get a leak, they will call the company and have it fixed. The base is dried out, so the kids returning to school won’t be affected.”
According to Scott, the roof was in need of replacement for some time.
“The old roof needed replacing,” he said. “When I came up here and looked at it, pieces of the roof were waving in the wind. It looked like a swimming pool.”
The work is being completed by Tri-State Sheet and Metal Company out of Lexington.
Scott said the school board awarded the contract through an emergency bidding process.
“When you have a situation like this, the state will allow you to do an emergency bid, where you can award the contract and have a turn-around time of one week as opposed to having to wait three to four weeks,” he said.
According to Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross, the original timeline for the project was 60 days at a cost of $341,000.
The bid from the company was awarded during a board of education meeting earlier in May. It included a base bid of $242,360 for the rubber roof and an additional $78,700 for asphalt.
According to Ross, the insurance company is paying for the repairs.