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City Moves to Repair Widespread Leaking at Santa Monica Airport


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By Niki Cervantes
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October 11, 2017 -- Just when it seemed like the long-embattled Santa Monica Airport couldn’t add to its list of woes, a new headache is springing to the fore.

Three-fourths of the roofs over airport buildings now leak and need almost $2 million in repair work, a report to the City Council said.

Seven sites at SMO are targeted for repairs.

Overall, airport structures are covered by 603,532 square feet of roofing, the report by Susan Cline, the City's director of public works, said.

Unlike the decades of community and legal fights over closing the more than-century old airport, leaky roofing didn’t emerge as a problem until after the heavy rains early this year, Cline said.

Since SMO is City-owned, the City is responsible for maintenance and repair there.

Cline said now that the City is getting more funding by direct leasing with tenants (instead of sub-leasing through master tenants), officials can afford to “address deferred maintenance issues.”

Because of its new leasing policy, revenue to City coffers is anticipated to jump from $5.8 million now to more than $13 million in the coming year, Cline said.

The City Council on Tuesday awarded a $1.96 million contract (including a 10 percent contingency) over 90 days to Best Contracting Services, Inc., a California-based company.

The work would stop the leaking without re-roofing all SMO facilities, waterproofing with a combination of single ply and elastomeric acrylic coatings over current offices and hangar roofs.

Cline said the method “would be the most practical and cost-efficient solution.”

The Airport Roof Acrylic Application Project replaces the existing non-metal roofing systems with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) single-ply systems on a total of 6,700 square feet of office spaces and apply elastomeric acrylic coating on a total of 113,000 square feet of both office space and hangar metal roofs.

Included in the work is replacing downspouts and gutters, sealing coping seams, removing and replacing defunct HVAC equipment and sealing the abandoned vents left behind by the removed equipment, the report said.

According to the report, SMO roofing work is needed at 3000 31st Street, 3100 Donald Douglas Loop North, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 3159 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2701 Airport Avenue, 2501 Airport Avenue and 2901 25th Street.

As of now, the 227-acre airport includes 383 tenants leasing hangars, tie-downs, office space, studio space and storage.
Although the City and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) entered into a consent decree shuttering SMO by December 31 of 2028, the City is responsible for current operations until then.


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