Seven DCSD Schools Receive New Roofs

Seven DCSD Schools Receive New Roofs
Posted on 09/17/2019
Seven Douglas County schools received new roofing over the summer thanks to new local funding approved by voters last November:

Frontier Valley Elementary, Iron Horse Elementary, Legacy Point Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Prairie Crossing Elementary, Sagewood Middle School, and Trailblazer Elementary.

Bond Work at Prairie Crossing Elementary “The old roof leaked, causing us to have buckets all over the halls,” says Iron Horse Elementary Principal Kirsten Bloomquist. “It was also very unsafe for any district workers who needed to be up there.”

The new roofing uses an extremely durable synthetic rubber membrane which can be fully-adhered with glue, mechanically attached with screws, or ballasted with pounds of rock. While the roofs of Legacy Point Elementary and Meadow View Elementary remained ballasted, five other schools received new roofing systems.

To start the replacement, crews had to first remove the old ballasted roofing, hauling nearly 270 tons of rock off each roof. A fully-adhered roofing system took its place. The new system has a lifespan of 20 years and creates a tight seal for greater weather protection.

According to DCSD Facilities Planning Manager Wayne Blazek, the fully-adhered roofing will be easier to maintain as well.

“On a ballasted roof, it’s difficult to identify the location of a leak because of the rock ballast,” says Blazek. “The fully-adhered system will make identification easier and repair faster.”

The new roofs have been welcomed with open arms.

“Our new roof along with our upgraded HVAC systems has created a much better environment for our students!” exclaims Principal Carrie Rotherham of Prairie Crossing Elementary. “Our community loves the improvement, but also loves the new look of the roof.”

More school buildings will receive roof replacements over the next five years.
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