Town moving ahead with new roof for stadium

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AMHERST - Amherst is moving ahead with plans to replace the roof at the Amherst Stadium a year earlier than planned after tenders came in lower than expected.

AMHERST - Amherst is moving ahead with plans to replace the roof at the Amherst Stadium a year earlier than planned after tenders came in lower than expected.

"The lowest tender was around $316,000 and that's certainly well within the amount we had budgeted," town manager Greg Herrett said Wednesday, a day after the tenders were opened. "Unless there are any unusual items that come out of the analysis of the tender, and we're not anticipating any, council would likely award the tender on the 28th."

Work is expected to begin in June and continue through the summer. It's not expected to impact the ongoing renovations inside the stadium including replacing the ice slab and installing new boards and glass around the ice surface.

The new roof will be made of steel.

The roof was originally part of the third phase of the stadium project, but town officials opted to move ahead earlier.

While the north side of the roof is in pretty good shape, the south side, that is more exposed to the sun, had deteriorated because of constant freezing and thawing in the winter. Although structurally sound, gaps in the roof resulted in water leaking into the building.

Minor damage was also done to the roof in early 2001 following the collapse of the Springhill Arena. Following that, crews went onto the roof of the Amherst Stadium and used snowblowers to remove snow. Unfortunately, a number of shingles were also lifted or damaged.

With next year's final phase of the stadium expected to include the construction of a new walking track, Herrett said, it makes more sense to replace the roof first before putting the new track in.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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