September 3, 2019

Please excuse our mess during construction

Starting in September, the roof on Benton PUD’s Administration Building in Kennewick will undergo a replacement.  The project is expected to be completed in October, in advance of the winter.
The current roof is over twenty-five years old and is showing its age.  During the last several winters, several leaks have occurred throughout the building.  This has resulted in roof repairs, interior restoration, and environmental testing to keep the building structurally sound and environmentally safe for employees and for customers.  The extent and cost of the repairs has increased over time.

The condition of the roof worsened earlier this year.  As a result of the extreme weather experienced in the region, significant ice damming occurred which caused extensive damage to the underlayment below the tile roof.  Given the extent of the damage, the ongoing cycle of leaks and repairs and the age of the roof, replacement was the most cost-effective solution. 

The current tile roof and underlayment are no longer under warranty.  The cost of removing the tile, replacing the underlayment, and replacing the tile is considerably more expensive than installing new composite roofing.  The new shingles will come with a fifty-year warranty. 

The Benton PUD Board of Commissioners approved the contract to replace the roof at their regular public meeting on August 27, 2019.  The urgency in completing this project is to get ahead of the winter, control maintenance costs as well as protect the health of our employees and customers who use our building.

During construction, we will do our best to minimize the impact to customers during regular business hours.