School Committee approves $510K bid for high school roof

School Committee approves $510K bid for high school roof

NORTH PROVIDENCE - School officials, on a strict deadline to get a portion of the high school roof replaced, awarded a construction bid to Ahlborg Construction Corporation for $510,000 at the July 10 School Committee meeting.

Supt. Melinda Smith said the high school roof was originally incorporated into a larger proposal to upgrade various school facilities within town. But because of substantial issues with the roof, school officials decided to replace a portion of the roof this summer.

Due to limited funding, the roof was bid out in three sections; the most critical area is located above the auditorium.

"We closed it for the summer until the repairs happen. We've had paint fall. We've had the roof assessed by our architect and it's all sound, it's just that it's been leaking and patched over the years so now it's time to really do the full replacement of that part of the roof," she said.

Reimbursement money from future housing aid will be used to pay off this portion of the roof repair.

"Because there is no money in the local budget for capital improvement and we can't wait to see if the bond gets approved, we will use that to purchase it," she said.

Smith said water found its way through the roof in February, causing the ceiling to leak and a hole to form above the stage.

"We've had issues with the roof, leaks and a couple spots in the roof that we did patch over the wintertime to stop the water coming into the auditorium," she said. "We believe the ceiling is fine, but even a few pieces of paint falling is not a good thing to have happen especially when so many school events are held in the auditorium and the community uses it also," she said.

According to Jim Fuoroli, director of public buildings, sections of the roof above the auditorium are part of the original structure, which was built in 1938.

Other portions of the roof were replaced 25 years ago with ongoing maintenance and patchwork occurring every so often.

An architect from Torrado Architects will now notify Ahlborg Construction Corporation officials and the work will begin.

Smith said this section of the auditorium roof must be done by Aug. 18 because it needs to be used before school begins.

The remainder of the work, along with the Facilities Committee's school improvement plan, will go before the voters during a bond referendum sometime in the spring, she said.

"The issues with the buildings are significant and there has been an extension on the moratorium for capital projects for schools, but our needs fall under health and safety, so we'll be able to move forward with the project to upgrade the elementary schools," she said.


Happy to see the contract was won by a RI company, Ahlborg Construction Corporation, General Contractor and RI firm Torrado Architects is in the mix. Keep up the great work and keep Rhode Island work with Rhode Island vendors!

Agreed buildings need to be safe and productive for our kids, BUT when talking about infrastructure it's about what is going on inside the buildings that is most important.
The NP School District has schools that are on state warning lists for lack of performance, our school district performance is in the lower half of all schools in RI and our math and science ratings are an embarrassment or should be to the teaching profession. The taxpayers believe in making investments that have positive returns and the plain facts on record is we have not been getting the results. Let's see the school committee and the school district proposals for changes that are publicized like a leaking roof to change this around. If there is a bonding referendum proposed for new buildings, lets tie it into changes that are going to happen inside these buildings to build a better education results, otherwise we need to look for alternate educational avenues to make our investments pay dividends in quality results for our kids that will also increase values in our property. These are our tax dollars, we need to have conditions tied to how they are spent with results that directly impacts the quality of education in NP.

I agree that the schools should be safe, of course. If a roof replacement is required, then by all means, have them replaced.
However, when the project consists of a ONE trade project, the bids could have been solicited through roofing contractors, and not have the bids go through a general contractor.
The general contractor will be doing ZERO percent of the work. They will merely be putting their 15-20% overhead and profit margin on top of the bid that they received from the roofing contractor to do the work in the first place. This is how work is done in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and many more projects are done because of this method.
Also, take a look at the general contractor that was given the job, Ahlborg Construction. This the same Ahlborg Construction that filed bankruptcy several years ago and left many contractors and suppliers out to dry.
The town has a history of performing their construction projects this way.....previously with Calson Corp and now with Ahlborg Construction.
See....people ARE paying attention. Not that it matters.


Roofing, and roofing services do not belong under the control of any "Purchasing Cooperative".

"NPresident" is absolutely correct regarding the "Exclusion of Competition". Two roofing material manufacturers, Tremco, and Garland, are the darlings of cooperatives. Why? Because the cooperative makes a 4% commission, and has absolutely no incentive to seek lower pricing.

Tremco was recently fined $61,000,000.00 by the DOJ for abusing GSA contracts.

Here is the report:

Your administrators are not roofers, and therefore have no credential to make vital decisions regarding huge sums of money.

Let me also share that the Tremco, and Garland "Salesmen" receive a 25% COMMISSION.

So, the cooperative gets 4%, the salesman gets 25%, and your tax dollar just turned into .71 cents, with NOTHING to show for it!

Please do not take my word for it. Type "School Roofing Scam' into your browser, or YouTube, and see the abundance of public record to support my comments.

I will point out that major material manufacturers like GAF, Firestone, Carlisle Syntec, and other mainstream providers, are NOT LISTED among the "Scams".

You are facing a "Predatory Sales Model", and your administrators think they have the authority to sidestep all competition for "convenience". That is false.

I know every bullet point, every pitch, and every excuse you could imagine. The fact is that no administrator may give even the slightest hint of favoritism, and that's exactly what the cooperative does.

Friends, I am retired (2003), do not solicit, nor accept compensation, or personal advancement of any kind.

I can tell you that the manufacturers I've listed will stomp Garland, or Tremco, 100% of the time, and do it by a substantial margin.

Often, I write about it here: (no advertising)

Search words: Garland, Tremco, Purchasing Cooperative. All of it supported by public record.

NO CONTRACTOR would dream of bidding Garland, or Tremco on a private, competitively bid, structure. It will not happen, because the Owner has to pay for it out of their own pocket.

Public structures are paid for by taxpayers, and you are prime targets for these roofing scams. Our schools are broke, and I attribute much of that to purchasing cooperatives, and those who are enabled by them.

Roof Consultant's Institute has a firm position against purchasing cooperatives, and that should tell you something. My group, Roof Conwsultant's Alliance (3,800), stands with them.

Our schools are broke. I cannot absorb the mentality of people who steal from our schools, and subsequently, our children.

You are exposing your school district to unnecessary suit. Would you hire a roofing manufacturer that got busted for 61 million dollars? Would you fall for the roofing scam, without researching it first?

Your administrators have not done their homework. If anyone wants to comment directly, I am happy to expound the issue. After spending 37 years in the commercial roofing discipline, at the highest level, feel qualified to address the topic.

I am easy to find:

Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Director, Roof Consultant's Alliance
Public Procurement Analyst
CCC 1325620