After a lot of rain earlier this year, workers continue the project to replace the roof at Upper Arlington's government headquarters.

On May 13, Dayton-based Harold J. Becker Co. Inc. was given the notice to proceed on a $566,250 contract to replace the roof at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Since then, the project has been slowed by a damp spring and start to the summer.

But city officials said completion is about at the halfway point.

"As of an Aug. 12 project-update meeting with the contractor, they reported that there have been 19 days of no work due to rain, and that 80% of the upper roof work was complete, 60% of the lower roof was complete," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington community-affairs director.

Among the city departments the building houses are the Upper Arlington Police Division, the City Manager's Office, the City Attorney's Office, the Finance Division and the Parks and Recreation Department.

It's also home to Upper Arlington City Council Chambers, where council and other city boards and commissions holds meetings.

Harold J. Becker Co. Inc. was contracted to have the project completed in 150 days, which would put the completion date at Oct. 10.

"Understand that the tear-off is the time consuming part," said Brian Mastin, the city's facility manager. "After the new membrane is down, it's just the metal work which will go faster.

"We are projected to complete on time."

According to Speight, the new roof will have a roof membrane with a 30-year warranty.

Mastin he thinks the roof last was replaced in 2002.

"The old roof had a lot of leaking, and poor drainage off the roof so water would pond in areas and infiltrate inside the building," Mastin said. "In order to fix these issues, we needed to do a full tear-off to add the proper tapered insulation for correct drainage."

Speight said the project also included new insulation and the installation of a new membrane.

Additionally, copper overflow scuppers will be installed, as well as copper flashing and caps around the roof's edge and "repairs to any decking rust or large holes," Speight said.

In addition to the rain delays, Mastin said debris from the tear-off fell into the MSC this spring through an expansion joint on the building's upper roof.

While it led to a cleanup effort in the MSC's main lobby, he said there was no damage to the interior of the building.

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