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Texas schools set to get new roofs in 2013

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Keller district officials plan to tackle a lengthy list of roofing repairs this summer and next using money from an insurance settlement and from the 2008 bond package.

Some 10 to 12 facilities will receive attention in 2013, with Central High School”s roof repair as the most complex project.

“Because it”s a high school campus, it does pose some coordinating challenges because of all the activities scheduled there,” said Hudson Huff, director of planning and construction.

Hillwood Middle School, Keller-Harvel, Lone Star, Freedom and North Riverside Elementary schools, Chisholm Trail and South Keller Intermediate schools and the Education Center will have repairs ranging from minor repairs to major replacements.

In September, trustees approved a settlement of about $17 million with the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas for roofing repairs that stemmed from a March 2009 hail storm.

The 2008 bond contained $3.5 million for routine roof repairs and replacements, but that amount didn”t cover all the buildings damaged by hail in 2009.

Earlier this fall, officials completed a $1.2 million roofing replacement project at Trinity Springs Middle School with 2008 bond funds. Huff expects the Central High project to be more expensive because of the building”s size.

According to administrators, almost every facility in the district has some degree of roofing damage from the 2009 storm and a 2011 hail storm. Huff said about a dozen buildings would receive repairs in 2014.

While roofs have a typical life span of 12 to 20 years, most Keller campuses need replacement roofs in 12 years or less because of regional weather issues, Huff said. The Trinity Springs” roof dated back to the building”s construction in 2005 but had a shorter lifespan due to hail damage.

Huff said that while the district has a routine preventive maintenance schedule to extend the life of the roofs, hail storms can destroy even brand new roofs. Timber Creek High School had to get a new roof before it opened in August 2009 after the spring storm damaged it. The work was covered by the contractor”s insurance since the building was still under construction.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/14/4546047/about-two-dozen-schools-to-receive.html#storylink=cpy

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