Armory getting new roofAfter years of dealing with issues that accompany a flat roof, the National Guard Armory in Dickinson is getting a new sloped roof.
After years of dealing with issues that accompany a flat roof, the National Guard Armory in Dickinson is getting a new sloped roof.
It will cost $89,940 to construct and should be finished in about two weeks, said Skip Rapp, city public works manager.
“With heavy rains we have a massive amount of water that accumulates on top of that roof,” Rapp said. “Also, in the winter time, we’ve actually had to have been up there in the past with snow blowers getting the snow accumulation off the roof so it didn’t cave it in.”
About a year ago the roof began leaking, Rapp said.
“We had contractors go up and take a look at the roof and basically determine that there were some soft spots and areas were starting to deteriorate,” Rapp said. “We had those fixed and shortly after that it started leaking again.”
Col. Steve Tabor, director of facilities for the National Guard in Bismarck said leakages caused problems last fall.
“We certainly had trouble keeping people in some of those offices when it was leaking,” Tabor said. “We didn’t have to shut the armory down ... but they had to move their places of work from those areas because there was a pretty good leak in there.”
The armory was cleaned up and the roof was patched again, but because of the flat roof, officials knew trouble would arise again soon.
“There was a lot of leaking and damage being incurred by the water coming in, of course, and we just can’t continue to operate a building in that level of repair,” said Shawn Kessel, city administrator.
Rather than continue to put “Band-Aids” on the roof, city officials decided to fix the problem for good.
Two Rivers Construction is tackling the project. Rapp said it didn’t go out to bid because the city is not required to on projects that amount to less than $100,000.
The National Guard contributed $20,000 to the project, Rapp said.
“We also have a grant from the federal government related to energy conservation for a little over $40,000 for the project and the remaining is the city’s responsibility,” Kessel said.
The roof was not a budgeted item and funding will come out of the city’s contingency fund, Kessel said.
“It may be allocated elsewhere in the end, but that’s where the expenses are being allocated now,” Kessel said.
Tabor said construction is under way.
“It’s certainly going to add to the longevity of that building,” Tabor said.
Rapp said the new roof will also help the building be more energy efficient.