At long last, OPL to get new roof

Published 2:56 am Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Opp City Council this week gave its approval solicit bids to fix the roof of the Opp Public Library.

The city hired a Pensacola, Fla.-based architectural firm DAG Architects for the project.

Mayor John Bartholomew said there were no local architects available for the project at this time.

According to the architects, the library roof currently has a modified bitumen membrane roof that has been overcoated with a liquid roof coating to extend the life of the roof.

Roof cores taken recently show there is only one roof system on the building.

The library has long suffered from leaks, which have ruined parts of the inside. Architects said the leaks appear to be predominately at the roof drains and some perimeter wall locations on the rectangular portion of the roof.

Standing water was witnessed on both roofs.

The roof has turbine roof vents that do not provide attic ventilation.

Architects estimate the best case scenario to fix the roof to cost the city between $130,000 to $150,000.

The recommendation includes covering the existing membrane roof system with mechanically fastened protection system and installing 60 mill PVC membrane roof system with new roof drain inserts.

The architects also recommend that the turbines we removed.

DAG is also charging $17,000 for the total design fee for the re-roofing project.

City Planner said the project will have to be bid out.

“The engineer will do the bidding,” he said. “We will notify every local commercial roofer.”