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SPRINKER: Roof replacement long overdue

Letter by Mike Bosnick, Tacoma on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:00 am with No Comments »
August 12, 2010 2:41 pm

Scaled-down fixes. That is the term Pierce County is using to describe how it will save Sprinker Recreation Center.

This concept of scaled-down fixes is why the roof is in the condition it is in. I have personally worked on the existing roof several times over the past 20 years. Each time I was on the roof it was in response to county requests to help stave off the numerous leaks.

Some of the repairs worked, some did not. At one point the roof leaked so bad that vents were installed into the roof system in an attempt to dry out the water-soaked roof insulation. That repair recommendation was made by a roofing consultant hired by the county.

I last inspected the roof more than six years ago and deemed it to be well beyond its useful service life and was no longer repairable. Structural concerns were present then, and I recommended the roof be replaced immediately so as to avoid the potential for further structure demise.

The county decided not to listen back then, so blame this one on neglect. I will be shocked if any roofing consultant or structural engineer gives this building anything more than a death warrant. Nothing in Pierce County shocks me any more.

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