GREAT FALLS – The final contact meeting for the new Cascade County courthouse roof took place on Tuesday morning.
With only a few construction companies able to work on a project such as this, Renaissance Roofing of Illinois won the contract.
Construction started in the summer of 2016, and 23 months later the roof is finally complete on the courthouse.
Renaissance Roofing worked hard to make sure the new roof was as similar to the original as possible.
Lon Gorsch, Renaissance Roofing project manager, explained, “We tried to recreate the original look that we were able to uncover. The copper roof that was on it, the main body of the roof. It is vertically identical as far as the appearance goes. It’s put together a little differently, a little better to address potential water and ice damming. As far as the appearance goes it is almost identical.”
Gorsch says this was a very unique project with all the copper and decorative elements that went into it.
Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News
(JULY 22, 2016) Work has begun to replace the roof on the historic Cascade County Courthouse.
The current copper roof is about 80 years old and badly in need of repair, as water has begun leaking into court rooms.
Officials say in keeping with the building’s history, a new copper roof will replace the old one at a cost of $4.3 million.
Cascade County Commissioner Jane Weber says while it’s a steep price to redo the copper roof, she believes it will be cost-effective in the long run.
“If we get 80 to 100 years out of this roof, which we have on the previous roof, we will save the taxpayers a considerable amount of money in the long run. It’s painful upfront to make an investment like this, but I look at it as an investment. Also because it is a historic building, we should be trying to retain the integrity of the building,” said Weber.
The project will take more than a year, with completion expected in late fall of 2017.