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Revelstoke Courthouse roof wrap to stay until October
The temporary plastic wrap covering the dome on the Revelstoke Courthouse roof will remain in place for several more weeks, possibly even two months.
The scaffolding and plastic is in place to encapsulate the worksite while contractor Mid-City Roofing repairs the failing dome roof with a new rubber coating.
After the scaffolding and plastic wrap were installed, sandblast testing on the dome turned up concentrations of lead in the paint, meaning WorkSafeBC had to be called in. The provincial work-safety organization now requires an industrial hygienist and a hazard abatement program.
City of Revelstoke public works director Darren Komonoski said it would have been difficult to discover the lead paint before work started. "It changes the enclosure, it changes the disposal of the waste material, it changes the personal protective equipment for the workers," he said. "So, there's been some delays undoubtedly, but as soon as this came up from a WorkSafeBC perspective, we had to put the brakes on."
That means added time and cost. Mid-City bid $200,245 for the project and a late-July completion date was scheduled.
Now, the costs are rising, and the completion date is pegged at early- to mid-October. Komonoski said he believes the project will still come in under the $375,000 budgeted for the repairs.
Work is on hold until the new work-plan is sorted out. Workers are scheduled to return on Sept. 3.
The dome has been repainted more than once in its 100-year history. The lead is in one of the paint coatings, not the original roof material, Komonoski said.
Currently, the city is working with several different contractors to carry out the hazard abatement program. "I'm confident that we will meet our budget and should be under [$375,000]."