Work on BancorpSouth Arena roof to continue

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – After several months of delay, work on a new roof at the BancorpSouth Arena should continue in about 30 days.
On Friday, the Tupelo Coliseum Commission approved a change order that will allow Accurate Roofing to re-roof the facility’s warehouse and office space. The roof that covers the arena is not part of the project.
In August 2009, the commission awarded the bid to Accurate Roofing for $519,889.
At the time, the plan was to repair the existing concrete substructure of the roof. Once work began, it was determined that 100 percent of the substructure would need to be replaced.
According to the contract, replacing all of the substructure with concrete would have increased the project cost to $950,486.50.
During a commission meeting in February, city attorneys and commission members discussed the possibility of making a change order. Scott Reed, commission president, said the consensus was that the change was in line with the state’s bid laws.
On Friday, the commission approved Accurate Roofing’s suggestion to use a material other than concrete to replace the substructure. That increases the original project price by $43,724.
“This seems to be the right and appropriate action to take,” Reed said.
Richard McCarty, project architect, said the new material will provide better insulation than the concrete.
“In our opinion, this is a necessary and reasonable change to meet your objectives and keep the project within your budget,” McCarty told the commission.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.