C.D. Stamps Community Center is set to get a brand new roof in 2020, according to city officials.

At the December meeting of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the board approved a bid award of $155,060 to Garrett, Indiana-based Centurion Industries, Inc.

According to memo on the subject provided to The News, the Centurion Industries bid came in more than $74,322 lower than the next-lowest bidder when the request for bids was opened in November.

The project bid also came in lower than the original budget for this phase, according to the memo. Original budget estimations were around $200,000 for the roof replacement, meaning the actual cost is $44,940 less than the original cost estimate.

The roof replacement is part of a two-phase project that also included HVAC units replacement. Construction on the HVAC units is currently underway, according to the memo.

The overall budget for both phases of the project came in at more than $390,000 – more than $110,000 higher than the original $280,000 budgeted for it.

According to the memo, the HVAC replacement cost $218,579; engineering costs were $17,900; and advertising cost $700, bringing the total budget to $392,239. The memo also states funding is available through the city’s capital projects fund.

According to Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick, the center has needed a new HVAC unit and roof several years.

“The roof has been an ongoing problem,” Glick said.

Original issues that occurred during its warranty period were easier to take care of, he said, but after extended issues kept occurring the city felt the need to find a better fix.

“An agreement was reached for the contractor to rework the roof and to extend the warranty period to include repairing any leaks as they occur,” Glick said. “This went on for several years, but while the contractor honored the agreement to repair the leaks, their frequent occurrence necessitated a more permanent solution.”

Having both the HVAC units and roof replaced will also improve the center for those who work there and use it.

“The new roof and HVAC units will improve the conditions at the community center,” Glick said. “The modern HVAC units will keep the building more comfortable and operate much more efficiently than the old units.”

Glick said the new HVAC units are now located on the ground rather than on the roof, as they were previously placed, making them “much easier to service.”

“This relocation will also eliminate potentially problematic roof penetrations,” Glick added. “A new leak-free roof will allow other upgrades to the interior paint and gym floor without fear of further water damage.”

According to Glick, the center will remain closed while the HVAC work is ongoing, though junior NBA games will still be played on Saturdays.

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

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