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The Roof Project

We have been told by Precision Roofing that the project will take about three weeks—which will be three weeks from the start date.  Two things can critically impact this estimated completion date: 1. Work cannot be done in the rain. 2. Unanticipated problems—only some of which will cause delays. 

During the life of the roofing project, there may be odors detected in the building. The odors are the result of the glue that is used to seal down the new roof.  Precision Roofing Co. is using low VOC glue.  A manager of Precision Roofing indicated that the low compliant VOC is more costly but it meets the standards set by state laws.  It does give off a strong, but apparently harmless odor.

A number of formalities remain, but work should begin shortly on replacing 7 of the 8 roofs on the library.  The eighth one covers the addition to the building and it is in good shape  The other seven roofs will be replaced over the next month weather conditions permitting.  As noted, no work can be done in the rain.

Concerns were raised over the legally required signs that state that asbestos will be removed as part of the overall roof removal process.  It is our understanding that there is no danger from the asbestos removal.  GEO Environmental has the specific contractual responsibility to examine the completed project for any asbestos issues.  The asbestos removal is being done by a subcontractor of Precision Roofing Inc. The subcontractor specializes in asbestos removal. All of the workers are certified and licensed by New York State specifically for asbestos removal.

The main point is that the asbestos is embedded in the glue of the roofing material located around the perimeter of the building.  All of the roofing material including the perimeter area will be removed in two foot by two foot squares. 

The other point is that the workers walking on the roof and cutting the roofing material cannot generate roofing material chunks or particles in the library space.  There is a solid steel base on which the roofing was laid.  That steel base completely separates the roof from the dropped ceilings in the library.  Further the acoustic ceiling tiles below the dropped ceiling create yet another barrier of separation.  It is our understanding that the roofing material with the glue embedded material cannot come down into the library in chunks or in particles because of all these barriers.

Another control element is that all of the ‘squares’ of roof material that have been discarded will be placed in a dumpster located next to the library.  There will be a series of plastic drop cloths through which the roofing material will travel to the dumpster.

We have been given to believe that the multiple measures described here should ensure that the staff and public will not be exposed to any asbestos particles or toxic fumes.

Should you have any questions feel free to ask for Mitch Freedman, the director, or Shibu Abraham, the Facility and Finance Manager.

We do hope that you are not inconvenienced; or if you are it will be minimally.  Thank you bearing with us.


Mitch Freedman

Director, New City Library

October 14, 2014

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