Commission picks roofer for Tupelo arena

TUPELO – The Tupelo Coliseum Commission approved an emergency plan Tuesday to fix the leaky Bancorp South Arena roof.
Graham Roofing submitted a proposal that would cost $353,285 to put a new layer over the existing roof that covers the arena.
The project also will cost an additional $6 for every square foot of insulation that has to be replaced.
“It’s in pretty good shape and they probably won’t replace a lot of insulation and deck,” said Christian Reed, architect with The McCarty Company, which is overseeing the project.
The roof sprang numerous leaks during early March rains. Water still accumulates at several spots when it rains.
“Right now, we don’t have a roof that is water-resistant,” said Todd Hunt, arena director.
The commission declared the roof an emergency on March 11. The declaration allowed the commission to bypass normal bid rules for public buildings.
“They’ll be on the roof within two weeks,” Hunt said. “It will take them about two weeks to get the materials in. We’ll be fine by the end of June, at the latest.”
The affected portion of the roof includes nearly 91,000 square feet. The work will have a 20-year watertight warranty.

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