C.D. Stamps Community Center Supervisor Jacqualine Rippy

C.D. Stamps Community Center Supervisor Jacqualine Rippy points out where leaking water has damaged the gymnasium wall. The center should be getting a new roof and new HVAC unit, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick.

The C.D. Stamps Community Center will soon be getting a new roof, according to city officials.

At its Monday, Jan. 28, meeting, the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved and authorized Mayor Lane Curlee to enter into an agreement with OLG Engineering, Inc. in order to replace the roof of the 19-year-old, much-used community building. The approval also includes replacing the HVAC units on the roof as well, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick.

The roof replacement is a long-awaited resolution to a long-lasting problem, according to Glick. He said there had been “a lot of trouble with the roof,” ever since the building was erected.

“It’s been an issue from the start,” he said.

Because there were consistent issues, Glick said a deal was struck with the original contractor for repair services.

“When it starts leaking, they’ve provided a guarantee that they’ll come around and stop the leaks, but it’s just gotten to be where it’s creating damage to the building,” he said. “Even though they’ll eventually come fix it, it’ll damage other areas. It’s just time to be replaced.”

Some of the repairs done to the gymnasium inside the center include replacing a portion of the gym floor, according to center officials. Water has leaked inside the building and began rusting certain portions of the bleacher stands and has started stripping away the paint on one of the walls.

Glick told The News the funds have been budgeted for the project for a number of years, though they were not attached to any one particular fiscal year. Instead, he said, they were part of a rolling fund to be used whenever the project was finally begun.

According to Glick, the budget for the project currently stands at $260,000 for both the roof and HVAC replacement, with $140,000 going for the roof portion of the project and $120,000 for the HVAC work.

“We’ve been working on that for a couple of years now,” Glick said. The project has been essentially on hold until now in order to give prospective engineers time to understand exactly what the needs for the project were, he added.

There had been a previous attempt to bid out the project, Glick said, but all of the proposals that came in for the previous attempt failed to meet the required needs.

“By the responses we received, we were afraid that the specs weren’t clear,” he said.

That brought everyone back to the drawing board, so to speak, according to Glick, and the request for proposals (RFP) was redone.

“We re-clarified our specs and re-issued it [the RFP],” Glick said.

Only two firms, JMH Architecture and OLG, Inc., responded to the re-issued RFP, with OLG being granted the project by the city administration.

According to the memo on the project sent to the city board, OLG was believed to the better applicant and thus received the contract.

“The parks and recreation department has worked with OLG several times in recent years,” the memo states. Past projects from OLG include the Johnson Lane Soccer lighting project, the Grider Stadium renovation project and the remodel of D.W. Wilson Community Center and installation of Splash Island.

“We’ve worked with them on several other projects in the past, and we’re very satisfied with their work,” Glick said. “That’s why we chose them.”

As a “full-service” engineering firm, OLG would be responsible for “writing up all the specs for the roof and the HVAC replacement on the building and assisting us in bidding out that project … and then help us with the project management as well,” Glick said.

Since the agreement was just approved last week, Glick said there was not currently a proposed timeline for the project, though that would come soon.

“Of course we want it to be done as soon as possible,” he said, “but construction would just be dependent on contractors and their availability.”

It seems the construction business is booming at the moment, Glick said, but once the engineering process begins, he should know more about a proposed timeline.

“It’s a pretty busy building season right now,” he said.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.