The Waxahachie City Council approved a contract for $66,955 with Exterior Consulting Innovations at its meeting Monday night. Under the contract ECI will prepare bid documents for the civic center roof repair project and then will select a contractor to recommend to the council.

Exterior Consulting Innovations was contracted to investigate the ongoing roof problems at the center. During the investigating of the building 50 different leaks were found. Other problems that were found included cracks, failed repairs and poor workmanship.

ECI President Mike Tolson said some of the problems with the roof point back to the original construction where items required by code were missing and not installed correctly. To fix the roof permanently Tolson presented two options.  

The first option was two types of coating systems that could be applied to the roof to make it watertight.

The second option, which Tolson recommended, is called a recovery roof. Under this system the existing roof would not have to be removed and the additional weight would not impact the structure of the building. The recovery roof is made up of a series of metal panels with insulation between the panels.

“The issues at the civic center are much more extensive than originally thought. The roof problems appear to be a result of both poor initial design and installation. While the work in 2007 may have addressed some of these issues it by no means went far enough,” City Manager Paul Stevens said. “The estimate for the roof repairs is about $1,675,122. This would include re-roofing and also placing a recovery roof on the main barrel roof and all other metal roofs. Additionally, all gutters and flashings would either be replaced or re-worked.”

Stevens said this option is much more expensive than anticipated, he believes this is the only way to permanently solve the roof leaks.

The Waxahachie Community Development Corporation oversees the maintenance and operations of the civic center. The WCDC board has been working with ECI for many months on this problem had originally estimated repairs at around $700,000.

“As a board we were obviously shocked as well when the first report came in and we saw the severity of the issues. Clearly we knew that there were many, many leaks that they were getting worse and were impacting events,” Board President John Sanders said. “All the initial discussions centered around repairs and none of us had an idea that the budget would be (impacted) to this extent. We have capital dollars set aside from the last election to use for these repairs. We had several other projects in mind that the board was considering, but we also knew we had to fix the roof first.”

Sanders said the board feels that the recovery roof option is the best option to fix the roof because it requires less maintenance and a longer life than the coating system.

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