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New roof on tap for Oklahoma City arena

Arena at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park, known as the “Big House,” will get new roof, documents show
by William Crum Published: March 13, 2014

The city council last month renewed the contract for the monitoring service, which will cost $29,000 for the year ending June 30.

The roof covering — the likely source of last weekend’s water dripping onto the basketball court — is deteriorated and needs to be replaced.

The city council in January approved a $55,500 contract with its architectural firm for design work on the re-roofing project.

That will involve removing layers of old roofing material, then installing insulation and a new roof covering made of an “elastomeric” material that will expand and contract with the building, Lewellyn said.

Besides needing a new covering, which officials say it will get as soon as possible, the arena’s roof is in good shape, Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger said.

“We’re not seeing any major maintenance other than the re-roofing project,” Wenger said. “We’ve got a leak in the roof that we’re going to fix.”

Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer said she is confident the building is safe.

“I have every confidence in that,” she said. “They are so cautious about people being on that property.

“It’s a difficult roof,” she said.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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