High school roofing project top priority in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The roofing on the buildings of Grandview High School is sorely in need of replacement due to extensive water damage and leaks.

Last night, the Grandview School Board's featured speaker was Milt Ketchum of Ketchum Enterprises. Ketchum explained to the board that the roofing designs are being looked at in the overall plan to replace the old double-rock coal tar roofing.

He said the more than 9,000 square feet of roofing is most likely to be replaced with single-ply PVC roofing. "The designs are scheduled to be completed within the next seven to ten days," he said.

To prevent the problems the school district has encountered with flat roofing designs, the roofing will have a fall built into it. The R value will also be increased with the PVC roofing.

Currently, the district is looking at the single-ply roofing with a 15-year guarantee. "There was talk of possibly replacing the buildings somewhere in the future and it didn't make sense to put a 30-year roof on if the buildings wouldn't be here that long," Ketchum explained.

The removal of the old roofing is at issue. "We need to wait for the weather to be warm enough," said Ketchum.

The estimated costs of the project are just over $1 million with more than $800,000 in hard costs (materials, supplies, etc.).

"The impact on the students will be at a minimum," Ketchum added when explaining the time line for the project. The replacement is hoped to be started just before or during spring break.

Grandview School Board President Tim Grow asked if there were any energy grants or savings for the roofing project.

Ketchum responded, "I will look into that since I know there are other projects, not necessarily roofing, that I have worked on and they qualified for something along those lines."



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