Two reroofing projects demonstrate the critical role effective communication plays in successful projects.
By Dan Hounsell, senior editor
Roofing projects are among the most complex projects maintenance and engineering managers will undertake in their careers. Given the cost of such projects, their impact on the facility, and the careful coordination required among managers, manufacturers and contractors, the margin of error for success can be slim.
For Darin Rose and the city of Lone Tree, Colorado, two recent roofing projects demonstrate the high-wire act that roofing projects can represent, as well as the critical role of communication in delivering successful projects.
Facility in transition
Rose, currently the director of administration and facilities for the Credit Union of Colorado, oversaw the roofing projects as Lone Tree’s facilities manager. The first project involved reroofing Lone Tree’s 40,000-square-foot city hall, which housed the police department, administrative offices, and other tenants.
“That primary building was 20-plus years old,” Rose says. “Before the city owned and operated it, it had about 20 tenants. The city bought it, consolidated space, took out the walls, and created a city office building out of it and retained six tenant spaces as an income draw for the property. It also gave us the opportunity to take over those attendant spaces when we grew our operations. There was a chance the building could be sold in 10-15 years when the city builds a new city hall, and they wanted to not have the building envelope as an issue.”
Rose’s assessment of the facility and its roof began early in his tenure with the city.
“On the second day of working for the city, I conducted a facility condition assessment of all the properties,” Rose says. “In doing so, I found significant hail damage to the HVAC equipment and to the roof. There were a lot of divots and dimples from hail. We filed an insurance claim and were able to receive nearly $500,000 in a settlement. I was pleased that city officials wanted to reinvest that money into the infrastructure of the building.”
The reroofing project went beyond the roofing system.
“The HVAC units were original units, so they were 20-plus years old,” Rose says. “They were operating, but they were coming really close to the end of their useful lives, and the roof needed to be replaced. We combined that work, and we were able to invest that insurance money into this replacement.”
Combining the roof replacement with the HVAC system upgrade streamlined the project’s efficiency.
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