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Rather than resort to filling Fuller Lodge with the pinging sound of water droplets meeting metal pots and pans, Los Alamos Capital Projects and Facilities Department is replacing the lodge’s roof.
Dan Erickson, capital projects manager, said the last time Fuller Lodge got a new roof was 15 years ago. Since then, he said the wood shingles have started to fail, meaning they were curling and cracking.
There was a fear, Erickson said, that water might leak into the historic building. Besides having water inside the building, he added that the county’s archives are located inside Fuller Lodge and there was a desire to protect the archives, too.
The new roof, Erickson said, will be more historically accurate to the original roof. Work is underway to replicate the roof with a metal product.
“So the public can anticipate a dark red and chocolate brown checkerboard on the roof (when) it’s completed,” he said.
Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos History Museum assistant and web manager, said, the original roof had colored asphalt shingles and although the new roof is metal, “I think people will see the reddish-pink chinking and the green door frames and see what it will really looked like. It will bring them back to a historic sense of place.”
Ati Construction, Inc., based in Salt Lake City, was awarded the contract on the roof project Aug. 20.
Work started Sept. 27 and is slated to be completed Dec. 19.
The total cost of the project, Erickson said, is $92,435.
The public should like the end product, he added. “It will be more historically accurate and it is just going to protect the facility from leaking roofs.”
The metal product will not only be historically accurate to the original roof but it will also require less maintenance. This means less money and fewer crews on the roof.
The work is going well, Erickson said, although a rainstorm that occurred Oct. 5 resulted in a minor roof leak and one of the workers on the roof slipped. Fortunately, the individual was wearing a harness and was not hurt, Erickson said. Plus, the roof leak did not result in any damage to the building.
However, the superintendent to the project was out of town when the rainstorm hit and it was decided to halt all work until the individual returned.
“Overall we’ve been very pleased with the contractor. They have shown a lot of integrity through the course of this project,” Erickson said.
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