By Kellen M. Quigley
A portion of the roof at the future CAM P-TECH Academy building near Springville Elementary School collapsed on July 4 after a significant rainfall in the afternoon.
The building on Newman Street, which has been in renovation since early May, will have to be cleared of debris and the roof repaired before moving forward with the project, Superintendent Kimberly Moritz told the Times.
In a post on the Springville-Griffith Institute website July 6, Moritz wrote that she was thankful to the local fire department volunteers who came to ensure that the site was safe and secure, including notifying her and performing a full shut off of the gas and electric.
“It was July 4, so there was nobody in there and nobody got hurt,” she told the Times.
The roof collapse also occurred during a stage where the building was gutted, Moritz said, so there was nothing new inside the building that could be damaged.
“It wasn’t like we had installed new HVAC and that got damaged or anything like that,” she added.
Now, Moritz told the Times that the district has to wait to see whose insurance — the school, the contractor or the builder’s risk insurance — would pay for it.
“That’s something that, in the business that we’re in, once the insurance company takes over, you just let them move forward with that,” she added. She said there wasn’t a damage cost estimate yet.
Moritz wrote in her post that she was grateful for the district’s Director of Facilities Dave Seiflein and School Business Administrator Maureen Lee, who immediately drove to the district to attend to the problem. Moritz said she was out of town when the incident occurred.
Moritz also wrote that she met with Jeff Nunn, architect from Gordon Jones, and the district’s construction management firm, Campus Construction Management, to assess the damage and to begin to develop a plan moving forward.
“They looked at the structure and examined it, and they came to determine that the remaining roof that didn’t fall in has structural integrity there,” she told the Times. “They also looked at how the building had been shored up.”
CEO Mike Shevlin of Concept Construction Corporation, general contractor on the job, was onsite shortly after the incident, Moritz wrote, and focused immediately on the next steps to repair the roof and keep the construction project moving forward.
“I do expect progress to continue as planned,” she told the Times. “We were two weeks ahead of schedule.”
Moritz wrote that there is a tight timeline with a need to open the Academy for students and staff in September 2020. She said she is confident that the district’s team, under the watchful eye of Campus Construction Management Group, will work hard to get there.
“The general contractor has been very good about, as soon as he gets the all-clear, he will go in and remove all the debris that needs to be removed, repair the roof and keep us moving forward,” she told the Times.
Moritz wrote that she was also thankful to local district resident and Campus Field Manager Michael Perkins for rushing to the work site and to Campus Vice President Kevin Donaghue for helping to manage the problem.