San Juan College officials project hail caused up to $4M in damage to Farmington campus

Joshua Kellogg
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — San Juan College officials predict it could cost as much as $4 million to replace roofs on several campus buildings and repair interior water damage caused by last month's hail storm.

In its meeting Tuesday evening, the college board approved the projected $3.5 million to $4 million that officials expect it will cost to address the hail damage.

Insurance is expected to cover the cost of replacing the roofs of nine campus buildings, repairing water damage to the interiors of multiple buildings and making repairs to 29 campus vehicles.

During the board work session Tuesday afternoon, college administrators provided the board an update on the work to recover from the June 11 storm.

The projected costs of $3.5 million to $4 million are higher than what officials anticipate the total project may cost, said Russell Litke, the college's vice president for administrative services. The costs for several repair projects are still being finalized.

Currently, officials estimate it will cost more than $2.5 million to replace the nearly 300,000 square feet of roofs on nine campus buildings.

Most of the roof on the Health and Human Performance Center was damaged, as well as portions of roofs on the Information Technology Center, the Little Theatre, the Welding Building, the West Classroom Complex and the Student Center.

Crews with DKG Roofing have been working on temporary roof repairs as the college prioritized which roofs will be replaced first, said Garry Smothers, the college's physical plant interim senior director.

Crews have been directed to start replacing the roof over the gymnasium portion of the Health and Human Performance Center, which was at the top of the priority list for repairs. Smothers said the gym roof was a priority because it protects the gym floor, which he said is valued at about $1 million.

Workers from DKG Roofing were already on campus working on other roofing projects when the June 11 storm hit. They switched projects to work on replacing the hail-damaged roofs.

Second on the priority list is replacing the roof over the Information Technology Center, where 10 classrooms suffered damage from water leaking through the roof fractures. Ceiling tiles were destroyed, technology equipment was removed as a precaution and water damaged carpets.

The 10 classrooms are still considered "unusable," and Smothers said officials hope to have them repaired by the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24.

The cost to replace the carpet in the IT building is estimated at nearly $60,700.

Smothers said it could take about 11 months to finish replacing all nine roofs on campus.

College officials are awaiting reports from the insurance adjustor before they can determine how much it will cost to repair the water-damaged interiors of several campus buildings, including the Information Technology Center.

Shelley Pickett, director of the college's Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management office, said the amount of technology equipment damaged was minimal.

"For the most part, (the damage) has been building and vehicle related," Pickett said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.