The Board of Selectmen met to discuss capital projects at its regular meeting on Feb. 4, and designs for Comstock Community Center’s new roof were the board’s primary concern.
Both Middlebrook School and Comstock Community Center are set for roofing refurbishment, but the drainage of Comstock’s roof has been particularly problematic, according to board members.
Both roofs will be quoted independently,” First Selectman Bill Brennan said. “We may have one vendor doing one roof, and another doing the other.”
“Our major concern was the drainage,” he said. “We wanted to have the [Comstock Community Center’s] roof drained to the side. We’ve asked Hoffman [Architects] to redesign the schematics so drainage will go to the sides of the roof.”
The existing system runs through the center of Comstock, and board members consider that system a “problem” and “unresolved issue,” especially in terms of maintenance.
“The basic question is ‘Where does the water go?’” Mr. Brennan said. “We felt if it could be taken off to the side; we would have a much better system.”
A pitch to the side would deter water or snow accumulation, directing water into a catch basin along the side of the roof; water will then be led into various drainage pipes.
Hoffman Architects has collaborated with town planners to redesign schematics and allocate improved roofing material as well. The new roof pitch will be a quarter-inch thick, more than double that of the existing structure.
Existing drains along the roof of Middlebrook School will also be reexamined in the coming weeks, and schematics will be designed accordingly.
Hoffman Architects has been asked to present findings to members of the Comstock project’s steering committee on Wednesday, Feb. 20. After requests for proposals are sent to various vendors, a contract is expected to be awarded in the coming months.
Turner Real Estate is currently in the process of adjusting the project timeline for review by the steering committee.