Leaky LEC roof spurs Commissioners’ Court docket dialogue

a person posing for the camera: Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner

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Potter County Choose Nancy Tanner

The Potter County Legislation Enforcement Center’s leaky roof spurred dialogue through Monday’s digital Potter County Commissioners’ Court meeting – with Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner indicating the trouble stems from the building’s architectural design and style. 

The discussion started when Precinct A few Commissioner John Coffee asked Nicholas Wade, the county’s maintenance director, for a position update about the LEC’s roof. The Regulation Enforcement Middle opened in March 2018, with officials indicating during a July 2019 meeting in which the LEC roof was mentioned, the project carried a $24 million cost tag.

“The roof has leaked given that day 1,” Wade mentioned. “Correct now I’ve acquired GAF involved. Which is the true company of the roof. It’s a 30-year guarantee. What they do is – I file a declare, they spend the individuals that set the roof on to arrive out and get the job done on it. When a roof leaks, it truly is time to fix it. And my knee-jerk response is to choose it off and set a new a person on. But, according to them, this is section of the procedure. I feel I may well require some course if we do want to modify that full roof out.” 


Per Wade, the roofing contractor has furnished a number of cases of ceiling tiles that upkeep section staff use to replace tiles as needed. 

“What they’re performing is placing their item on major of a flat roof,” he claimed. “For whatever purpose, there is a flat roof on this constructing. They virtually chase leaks. So when they discover a leak, they go out and glimpse and see in which the water is dripping from and they use a life time warranty flashing. Replacing a portion of the roof is not an solution. It would be an all or nothing undertaking. The manufacturer and the contractor both reported it’s basically not time for that. I will not know how to make that transpire if the marketplace experts are weighing in and indicating it’s not time for that to materialize.”

In reaction to a Globe-Information e mail inquiry, Tanner noted Schrader Roofing served as the project’s roofer and Architexas was the architect. 

“This goes all the way again to the architect that intended this constructing,” Tanner claimed during the meeting. “It was not a good design and style, and no a single picked up on it. We require to get a next opinion. We need to get started about on that roof. Here’s my trouble – I do not want these exact issues to go with the district courts constructing. We want to get maintain of this. We require to get that constructing fastened rapidly.” 

Wade offered the pursuing with regard to his key challenge with the constructing:

“It can be great for a thirty day period or so, and then items begin going on,” he reported. “Now here we are, quite a few decades into it, hoping to resolve issues. It is extremely irritating. The data girls, they have gotten employed to rolling the trash cans out because they know it is really raining. For every little thing we correct, there is certainly something else that will clearly show up. We have experienced to replace doorway components. We have had h2o infiltrate a door jam since it was a lesser top quality door jam. On the LEC, there was a important total of funds that went to the architect for price engineering issues out.”

Schrader Roofing and Architexas officials did not react to Globe-Information queries regarding Potter County considerations ahead of push time. 

“We’ve been conversing about this from day one particular,” Precinct Four Commissioner Alphonso Vaughn said – while inquiring as to whether or not a pitched roof would be much more sensible. “Just from a novice point of view, if you’ve bought a leak, substantially, you’ve got obtained to take care of it. That signifies, fundamentally, replacing it.” 

Western Builders of Amarillo served as the general contractor on the Potter County Law Enforcement Middle task. Western Builders President Jerry Rohane available the following response soon after a Globe-Information email inquiry about the LEC roof:

“The roofing was subcontracted out to a neighborhood business – Schrader Roofing,” Rohane wrote. “This facility was significantly full in February of 2018. We have had intermittent roof leaks since the job was turned over to the proprietor. The roof technique is extremely complicated on this facility that included: very huge mechanical penthouses with display partitions several penetrations and  elevation transition adjustments involving different resources and put in by a number of subcontractors – these kinds of as roof caps, steel wall transitions and skylights bunched together. There have been a assortment of will cause of leaks that included element deficiencies, external impacts to equipment and flashing mechanical penthouse issues adhesives failing, etcetera.”    

Rohane noted Western Builders has normally labored carefully with Potter County Facilities personnel, the roofing subcontractor, along with the producer, GAF, and the mechanical contractor to resolve problems as made informed of them. 

“The company has inspected the roof multiple times, which include the last time in November of 2020,” Rohane wrote. “After that pay a visit to they only recommended some small repairs that ended up finished in early December 2020. We have a really solid partnership with Potter County and will proceed to guide with any issue that crop up.”

Officers mentioned the make a difference would be placed on the upcoming Potter County Commissioners’ Court docket meeting agenda. 

This short article initially appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Leaky LEC roof spurs Commissioners’ Court dialogue

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