- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - The Spearfish Rec and Aquatics Center is set to get a new roofing system this year after the City Council accepted a company’s bid.

The council voted Feb. 16 to accept the low bid of $246,735 from Lowe Roofing for a membrane roofing system as well as a $4.85 per square foot price to replace damaged insulation. The city had received four bids for the project.

Public Works Administrator Cheryl Johnson said there have been several issues with the original roof over the years, including a significant leak over the electrical area last year. She estimated that 40 percent of the roof has experienced leaking issues at some point.

The building first opened as a Wal-Mart store in 1990, and reopened as the recreation and aquatics center in 2008, a year after the city purchased the building, the Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/1Leg5Nf) reported.

Because the roof over the gym was raised and renovated, the new membrane system will be applied to about 55,000 square feet of roof over the approximately 71,000 square-foot facility.

Crews won’t know how much insulation needs to be replaced until it’s uncovered, since it’s currently all hidden, Johnson said.

The project won’t disrupt activities at the recreation center, but some of the building’s parking lots might be affected, according to Johnson.

The work was expected to begin by Feb. 26 and should wrap up by Aug. 26.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com


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