A long-awaited project to replace the badly deteriorated roof atop the Brookfield Public Works Department building at 4545 Eberly Ave. will kick off this month after village trustees voted 5 to 0 July 27 to approve a contract for the work.

Glenview-based Red Feather Group Inc. submitted the lowest of five bids for the job. The company’s bid of $100,280 was far below the village’s estimate for the work, which was $150,000.

In recommending acceptance of Red Feather Group’s bid, Village Engineer Derek Treichel said the company understood that it was required to pay prevailing wages to workers and that numerous references gave the firm positive reviews.

Bids for the work ranged anywhere from Red Feather’s low bid to the high bid of $175,165.

Public Works Director Carl Muell said in a phone interview last week that he expected work to begin in the next two to four weeks, and that he expected the work to take less than a month to complete. The work, said Muell, won’t impact operations inside the building, which was dedicated in 1964.

The roof, like the one at village hall, has a large central flat area framed by pitched edges covered in asphalt shingles, giving the building a more residential character, particularly its Sahler Avenue facade.

“It’s a complete roof job, both the flat roof and shingles,” said Muell, who added he had no idea when the roof was last replaced. “There are a lot of leaks where the flat roof meets the pitched, so all of that needs to be addressed.”

In addition to a complete tear off and replacement of the roof, the job will include some structural work, including the installation of structural steel to support an existing structure that supports a 5-ton hoist.

The job calls for some tuck pointing work above windows and overhead doors on the east, north and west sides of the building and for the installation of new gutters and downspouts.

Village officials have deferred the roof replacement for years, and considered doing that again in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had an impact on operating revenues.

But, trustees agreed the project should move forward, as budgeted in 2020, deferring other capital projects instead. One of the projects deferred until 2021 was replacing the roof of the so-called ESDA building, a blocky, two-story brick structure that sits in the center of the public works property, at 4523 Eberly Ave.

That building was once the headquarters of the village’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, an operation with roots in the Civil Defense Corps established during the Cold War era. 

The village disbanded ESDA in 2006, and the building is used for public works equipment storage. The estimate for replacing that roof is about $100,000.