© — Star file photo
The roof of the Corner Brook Law Courts is seen with a few missing slate tiles in this file photo.
CORNER BROOK It may not be slate tile, but at least it will look like it.
That’s the solution being implemented for the roofing woes of the Corner Brook Law Courts building.
The original design of the building featured slate tiles adorning the intricate roof structure. However, the stone tiles became a problem when they began falling off during windy weather shortly after the building opened in 2010.
At one point, a falling tile nearly struck a person attending the courthouse. The Department of Transportation and Works had to erect safety fencing around the entire perimeter and build wooden structures around the entrances to the building.
The department also asked the original roofing contractor, Allied Constructors, to determine if there had been a flaw in the initial design or in the installation of the roof. Government also threatened to take legal action against the contractor if it didn’t remediate the problem.
Allied designed and installed the original roof.
Those issues are still going through the legal processes, according to Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis.
In the meantime, action is being taken to put fibreglass shingles that resemble the original slate tiles. The tender for that was issued this past spring and has been awarded to a different contractor, BDW Roofing based in Stephenville.
“So, you will have a similar effect (as slate tiles), but with a fibreglass shingle,” said Davis. “We know that’s what is widely used in many buildings and houses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. They are sort of time-tested.”
More importantly, Davis said completing this work will mean the unsightly safety fencing and wooden alcoves will finally be removed.
“That’s the plan,” he said. “We hope to have it all done, completed and cleaned up this year and have it back to a finished condition like we hoped to have back in 2010.”