'Long overdue' roof repair at library going to bid Aug. 12

Jul 30, 2015 By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Library System is accepting bids for work that will address the ongoing leaking roof and drainage problems at its Riverton branch.

The $1.15 million project will include removing and installing a new roof and roof drainage system, as well as site drainage improvements. Bids are scheduled to be opened at2 p.m. Aug. 12at the library in Lander.

"It's a very good project, and we are super excited to get this done because it's long overdue," said Don Newton, vice chairman of the Fremont County Library System Board of Directors.

Newton said the Riverton branch's roof has been leaking for decades, and that additional problems also existed.

"But it's not just (the leaks), because once the water comes off the roof, how do we handle that?" he said. "That is why we are working on a full drainage plan for the entire property."

In a report to the library board last year, Laramie-based engineering firmTrihydronoted drainage as the main issue causing problems at the library. The report said "drainagestrips" around the building needed to be replaced. Good strips could save the building from leaks, but inefficient ones could also draw ground water to the building and undermine the structure.

Trihydroalso said the library's retaining wall was saturated with water, and that water buildup in the parking lot caused heavy ice during the winter.

Professional job

The Fremont County Commissionvotedin October to hire architects and engineers to design the library's drainage repairs.Trihydro and Jackson-basedDubbe Moulder Architects were tapped for the work then. Now, thecommissionis looking for someone to carry it out.

Library business manager Rebecca Thomas said the goal is to award the contract at the Fremont County Commissioners'Aug. 18meeting.

"Work will commence hopefully in September, and we are looking toward having a completion date at the end of November," Thomas said. "That is our goal. We will see if we reach it."

The project is being funded by a $573,000 countywide consensus grant from the State Land and Investment Board, $323,000 from a SLIB mineral royalty grant and $250,000 from the Fremont County general fund, Thomas said.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting is set for2 p.m.Fridayat the Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park Ave.