Tribune-Courier News Editor
The Marshall County Board of Health learned renovations required at its new building on Slickback Road are underway and on schedule.
The renovation is needed because the building does not comply with state seismic requirements and does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Tracy Travis, with the construction management firm Pinnacle Construction, said workers were inspecting heating, air conditioning and electrical, and expected to finish that portion of the project next week.
“We’ve begun limited demolitions work like removal of floor coverings, light fixtures and ceilings in work areas,” Travis said. “We’ve also removed some plumbing. Once we switch to temporary cooling, we will be able to begin demolition of the walls where the shear walls will be placed.”
Shear walls are structures built to help a building withstand an earthquake.
As a change order, the board is considering replacement of the building’s new roof with a metal roof. The current plan calls for replacement of the roof with a shingled roof. Travis said he has obtained estimates for a metal roof, and most average $111,000. The board would have to seek bids for a metal roof. Travis said a decision would need to be made in the next two months.
“The longevity of a metal roof far exceeds the lifetime of a shingled roof,” Travis said.
Dr. H.W. Ford, a member of the board, said shingled roofs last an average of 20 years, while a metal roof could last 100 years. He added the cost of a metal roof is about twice the price of a shingled roof.
County Attorney Jeff Edwards said a lawsuit against the architect and builder of the structure is progressing. A mediation is scheduled for Oct. 1.
“Nothing is binding until all parties agree,” Edwards said.
Judge-Executive Mike Miller said he is hopeful the litigation will recover all costs of the renovation. It is estimated the project will cost $2.01 million and last up to eight months.
The board also passed a budget for the health departments’ operations for next year. The budget includes funding for expert witness testimony in the lawsuit.
Cathy Thompson, financial administrator said the budget will include$6.5 million in total revenue and $6.3 million in expenses. The health department funds 57 different programs.
“State and federal funding is down, but we’re hopeful the bleeding will stop,” Thompson said.