Board opens bids for new VCC roof

Published 9:59 am Friday, November 6, 2015

The Vicksburg Convention Center could soon be getting its first new roof since it opened in 1997.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday took under advisement six bids to re-roof the building, three of those are under the $919,000 budget estimated by JH&H Architects of Jackson, the company hired by the city to examine and estimate the cost to repair the roof and problems associated with the roof. The city has budgeted $1 million for the repair.

Companies submitting bids with bids for alternate work included:

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• E. Cornell Malone of Hattiesburg, total bid, $863,080.

• Industrial Roofing and Construction LLC of Sterlington, La., total bid, $1.678 million.

• Fountain Construction Co. of Jackson, $1.103 million.

• Independent Roofing Co. of Jackson, $1.03 million.

• Advance Roofing and Construction of Downsville, La., $880,165.

• Roofing Solutions LLC of Jackson, $873,300.

The project went out for bids in late September.

According to a report from JH&H, There were places on the 18-year-old building’s roof where the flashing, the sheet metal used in waterproofing the roof, was either improperly installed or not installed at all.

Besides replacing the roof, the report summary recommended replacing the roof drains with new drains, elevating the building’s heating and air conditioning units to allow drainage and installing new flashing on the center’s high and low roofs.

It also recommends replacing the sills and glazing to windows on the center’s south wall, entrance and the north and west walls, replacing the skylight and providing a new drop canopy in green metal to match the roof. The work on the windows and a leak on the northwest side of the building will have to be fixed before the roof is installed, Thomas said.

The roof has never been replaced since the convention center was built in 1997. It was repaired several times under previous administrations and had reached the point where it was no longer feasible to make repairs.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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