New regional jail roof springs a few leaks

Contractor advises project is still on schedule

By Alex Bridges

FRONT ROYAL – Construction of the next regional jail remains on track despite leaks found in the facility roof.

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority heard a report at its meeting Thursday concerning the ongoing project.

James Marstin, of JRM Consulting, serving as the owner representative on site, reported on the status of the project.

The contractor has advised Marstin the project remains on schedule, he said. Crews continue to install curb and gutter for the roads around the site perimeter.

The roof membrane completely covers the facility. But Marstin explained that the roofing contractor installed temporary points.

“The contractor really concentrated on trying to dry the building in and that’s been a little of my criticism of the contractors – they got in such a hurry that they tended to go too fast and tried to put everything on temporarily,” Marstin said.

After the meeting Marstin spoke highly of Harrisonburg-based roofing contractor Don Largent Roofing. The firm ranks high among roofing contractors and has a good reputation, Marstin said.

Marstin told the board he discovered three areas where water seeped in under the roofing material. He has withheld payment to the roofing contractor until the firm can present a plan on how to fix and remove the leaks.

“I’m not saying it’s detrimental to the roof but they need to address it, tell us that it’s going to be fine,” Marstin said. “The roof manufacturer came out and he was very non-committal. He said the leaks may have come from a bad gasket underneath the drain.”

Warren County Supervisor Daniel Murray Jr. asked Marstin if there are plans to conduct thermographic analysis of the areas of the roof to see if leaks have damaged or degraded the insulation.

Marstin said he first needs a report from the roofing contractor on how they plan to address the leaks. An independent analysis of the roof would help determine the extent of the damage caused by any leaks. The contractor would cover the cost of any damage found by such analysis, Marstin said.

John McCarthy, county administrator for Rappahannock County, asked if these problems would continue as crews work to complete the mansard roof – the part of the roof with two slopes.

“They are very busy trying to address the worst areas first,” Marstin said, noting that even if the workers complete the mansard roof they would not solve the leak problem.

“Holding funds seems to be getting people’s attention,” Marstin added.

Crews also performed scans of the underground pipes using cameras and found a few low points in the lines where water had pooled, Marstin said. The project requires the contractor to check underground lines with cameras to make sure no problems with water flow or sewer drainage may occur. Stanley noted that the county ran into problems with lines in the public safety building and in both high school projects.

Marstin said he’s asked the contractor to flush and re-check the lines.

Also at the meeting the board heard reports regarding Superintendent Robert Mulligan’s ongoing transition plans. Mulligan will hire a part-time administrative assistant to help him with tasks such as hiring staff for the regional jail. Members of the board’s finance and personnel committee asked Mulligan to draft a list of job descriptions for the staff he would need by the time the jail opens next year. Mulligan indicated he plans to start the hiring process in October.

The superintendent also reported to the committee that information from the Virginia Compensation Board indicates that the state will provide funding for most of the staff the jail would hire. The RSW Regional Jail plans to pay staff at salaries comparable to those offered at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County.

Located on U.S. 522 in Warren County north of Front Royal, the jail is scheduled to open in July 2014. Howard Shockey & Son is the general contractor on the project.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com