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McClelland Emergency

Posted on 12th July 2013 at 16:22

The Longview City Council is approving an expenditure of $100,000 from the Building Replacement Fund, money that will go toward emergency repairs of the roof at the McClelland Arts Center. City Manager Bob Gregory says that serious structural problems were found when a roofing project got started last month…mclellandroof…As roofers were tearing the old roof off of the building, they discovered issues with the laminated beams on each corner of the building. The roofing project was halted and a structural engineer was called in. They discovered that the top portion of the beam was actually de-laminating, and that there was also dry rot in at least two of the beams. Gregory says that additional study shows that the beams can be repaired, a situation that will save the city huge amounts of money. A Vancouver company called Western Wood Structures says that they can remove the rotted wood, re-laminate the beams and then would screw them together. Following that, the beams would be completely covered, which should prevent this problem from happening again.