Brook Park Recreation Center roof study shows repairs will be costly

BROOK PARK, Ohio — Results from a recently completed comprehensive roof study that Bud Griffith of Construction Resources Inc. provided at the May 10 City Council caucus show that fixing the decaying recreation center roof and walls will be very expensive.

To repair all the roofs covering the recreation center, natatorium and City Hall, and also to restore failing masonry walls surrounding the former indoor swimming pools, would cost approximately $8 million.

A more financially feasible approach that puts a $3.1 million price tag on fixing only the natatorium’s exterior roof and walls likely will be pursued first.

Those cost estimates do not reflect a total restoration of the indoor pools, which have been nonoperational for several years. The numbers also do not include prices for mechanical engineering, new ductwork or lighting.

Whether the space is used for swimming pools or something entirely different, Griffith said his current price estimates remain the same.

“There are a number of details that need to be fixed in the buildings in general,” Griffith said, citing several examples of troubling moisture saturation inside roof decks, joist issues and rusted ductwork.

“I was told to take into consideration this would someday again be a pool (building), so that’s the thinking I used when designing the new roof for the natatorium.”

Mayor Ed Orcutt previously indicated that $1.8 million is available in the city budget to help pay for the $3.1 million natatorium project.

“We are already working with the law department on legislation,” Orcutt said. “That $3.1 million does not include the heating and air conditioning, the dehumidification units, nothing to do with sprinklers and no indoor paint work. It’s just purely exterior construction.”

Because code violations and improper prior roof installations were uncovered during Griffith’s study, Orcutt indicated that his staff is researching warranties from when those roofs were installed.

Councilwoman Nora Coyne, however, noted that no code violations were mentioned in a prior 2017 city-commissioned roof study.

Councilman Brian Poindexter reiterated his idea that if future indoor pools are not possible, perhaps the space could be converted to a “fieldhouse,” where indoor soccer or flag football leagues could train, practice and play year-round while generating some revenue for the city.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” Poindexter said. “We could earmark that revenue for eventually opening the pool, or we might find the need for a fieldhouse far outweighs our need for a pool.”

No council action was taken at the caucus, with members voting that the topic was discussed.

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