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Donner Center roof repairs coming soon

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When it rains, it pours water into Donner Center offices, where Columbus Parks and Recreation Department employees work daily to manage the city’s parks system.

But all the buckets and containers placed strategically around the offices to catch the dripping rainwater soon will disappear, as roof repairs will begin within the next few weeks.

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Board has agreed to begin two phases of a three-phase roofing revamp at Donner, 739 22nd St.

Board president Brian Russell said the roof problem has been on the city’s radar for a few years and it has been a priority to get it fixed.

Cost comparisons were presented to board members by David Doup, president of Taylor Bros. Construction Co., Columbus. Taylor Bros. is the construction management firm for the project.

The parks department will get more for its money with this project because of the way the city is approaching the cost-quote process, Doup said.

Using the purchasing power of U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, the city will save money by buying the construction roofing materials in bulk at preset low-bid prices and selecting and paying the roofing contractor for the labor only, he said. The alliance allows cities to band together to purchase materials in bulk at lower prices than they could if buying them individually.

The city now will work with Taylor Bros. to begin the purchasing process for materials through the alliance, said Jamie Brinegar, parks director of business services. Taylor Bros. will have final cost numbers on materials after that process is completed.

For the Donner Roof project, Taylor Bros. is recommending roof replacement, structural concrete deck reinforcing for the roof and

structural deck steel plate reinforcement. The parks board agreed to hire Smither Roofing for the roof replacement at $131,075 for labor.

Quotes from AAA Roofing for the concrete deck restoration, at $72,000, and Harmon Steel Inc. for the structural deck steel plate reinforcing, at $18,000, were approved by the board and include materials, Doup said.

The parks board is using economic development income tax funding to pay for the new roof, allocated specifically for this project, Russell said. A third roofing phase, which covers the southwest portion of the building, will be tackled later, when funding is available, Doup said. That part of the building does not have the extensive roof leaks being experienced in the rest of the building, he said.

Some of the work will be done in the overnight hours, to minimize noise and disruption to employees and parks patrons during the day, Doup said.

City Attorney Jeff Logston said the city ran the idea of breaking out the roofing materials purchase from the labor costs through the State Board of Accounts and was questioned as to why they would make more work for themselves by doing it that way.

“We told them it’s a unique opportunity for savings,” he said. “We’re getting more product and more work for our money.”

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