A leaky roof at Kawartha Lakes City Hall forced the reception desk and the area around it to be cordoned off on Tuesday.
The roof was replaced/repaired in 2016 was part of phase 1 of a project to carry out major repairs/restoration/replacements associated with the building envelope according to the city.
Phase one comprises all the exterior parts, making up essentially the shell of the building. “There have been significant issues with water coming in because the building envelope was failing and leaking.” says Jorg Petersen, Division Manager, Building and Property Division. “The most visible evidence of damage from water coming in can be observed by looking at the plaster mouldings around the Council Chamber ceiling. The mouldings are badly deteriorated and sections have fallen away already.” he says.
The repair and replacement of the roof included the various sections of flat roof and the slate roof. The work of phase 1 also included other building repairs to things like the windows and masonry walls according to the city.
The general contractor for all of the work was Heritage Restoration Inc (HRI) and cost the city $1,041,466.53.
The second phase of the work is on tap for this spring. This phase will include repairs/renewal of the glass roof over the City Hall Atrium and also to the glass curtain wall assembly that wraps around the second floor, north elevation. “Both of these major building elements are old, in poor condition and leaking water into the building.” says Petersen.
He says “The second phase of the work will also include restoration of the masonry stairs located at the south-east corner of the building. The stairs are badly deteriorated.” A request for tenders will be issued for the work soon.
“In short the work is very necessary.” Petersen says. He says if the work is not done the building would suffer further damage from water and moisture. The city is obligated to keep the building in good condition and not allow it to deteriorate because it is under a heritage easement with the Province. That easement is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT).