H-PT referendum-funded capital project set to start

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Bob Graham, on-site operations supervisor for Johnson Controls, discusses upcoming capital work funded through the recently approved Houghton-Portage Township Schools bond as Ron Stimac of Johnson Controls looks on.

HOUGHTON — Phases of the Houghton-Portage Township Schools’ capital project funded by a voter-approved bond issue referendum will begin shortly, a Johnson Controls representative told the board Monday night.

Bob Graham, the on-site operations supervisor for Johnson Controls, said energy improvements will be started as soon as possible.

Work on the athletic complex is slated to take place in the spring and summer.

The complex is in the design phase, as are the mechanical/heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements and information technology/security improvements.

The most immediate priority is the roof, Graham said. Instead of tearing the old roof off, the roofers will do an overlay where they score the existing membrane and adding 2 inches of insulation and 60-mill product.

The contractor spent Monday setting up staging areas and marking off the roof for safety precautions.

“If Mother Nature will be forgiving to us, we’re actually starting the roof project tomorrow,” he said. “After the buses are in, and the students are settled in, we’ll start to unload and move materials up to the roof, starting with the pool areas.”

Completion should take about six weeks, with crews working 10-hour days, Graham said. He anticipated there would be less noise than a conventional roof replacement.

“The adhering is going to have some noise, but it’s going to be somewhat dampened as compared to when you do a complete tear-off, and you’re digging into the fresh decking,” he said. “If it makes too much noise, we’re going to have to take a different approach or work around some of the scheduling.”

The roofers will access the roof from the outside without entering the building, Graham said.