PDT Staff Writer
According to Scioto County officials, Mike Asebrook of Asebrook and Co. Architects/Inspectors is set to inspect the roof of the courthouse in the coming weeks.
In February, the Scioto County Commissioners entered into a contract with Five Star Commercial Roofing for $99,990 to replace the existing roof of the courthouse.
The scope of the work included removal of the existing roof and laying down a layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen, then placing a base sheet on top of that, then adding another layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen on top of that. Crews then added a 14-foot poly-flex fiber membrane then another layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen.
Finally crews applied a cover layer of Starfire Aluminum Chips. Aluminum chips were installed as an effort to keep the temperature of below 120 degrees. The former roof kept the temperature below 200 degrees.
The extent of the damage left by the previous roof has made the majority of the fourth floor uninhabitable with some damage beginning to appear on the third floor of the building.
Mike Crabtree, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said now that the roof is repaired, the county can look into the extent of the damage on the fourth floor and ways to fix it.
In May, the commissioners signed a contract with Southern Ohio Salvage and Contracting, Inc., of Ironton to remove the remains of the former Scioto County Jail from the fourth floor of the County Courthouse.
In March, a change order came in on the roof project and was approved by the commissioners that called for an additional $23,000 to be spent on the project to replace a layer of insulation between the roof and the concrete that had become damaged over the years.
On March 18 the offices of Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland’s offices became flooded as a result of a clogged downspout on the roof causing damage to most of the office.
In June the commissioners reported receiving an insurance check for nearly $28,000 to cover the damage done McFarland’s office.
After the flooding occurred, McFarland moved his office and staff to the courthouse annex to establish a temporary office and has been there ever since. McFarland has expressed an interest to the commissioners of staying in the courthouse annex.
As a result of the flooding, the county brought in Asebrook to examine the roof and make recommendations on how to prevent further flooding in the future.
Asebrook offered three recommendations in his report. Among the recommendations were to “require a manufacturer’s representative inspect and approve the installed work, obtained proof of current general liability and workers’ compensation insurance and obtain warranty and lien-waivers before any additional payments are made.”
In addition, “perform and record monthly roof-reviews by maintenance staff, and annual manufacture’s inspections to remove all potential obstructions and discover any membrane defects.”
In April it was reported that crews from Five Star Roofing had finished work installing the new roof.
At the time of completion Crabtree said it was a good thing and said the roof needed to sit for two months and not be disturbed before any final inspections can be conducted.
“We’re going to have Asebrook take a look and make sure everything that he inspects is satisfactory,” Crabtree said. “Once everything is cured out, we’re going to have Roto-Rooter come in and make sure all the drains are clear 150 feet down, like he (Asebrook) had suggested,” Crabtree said.
According to the Scioto County Auditor’s office, a total of $122,990 was paid by the county to Five Star Commercial Roofing.
While inspecting the roof, it’s anticipated that Asebrook will check to make sure the material has cured properly and identify any potential problem area and any areas that may need to be corrected by Five Star.
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