A Texas City company won the contract to rebuild News Orleans’ Superdome. Here’s some news coverage with more details:
Texas City Firm Wins Bid To Rebuild Superdome Roof
Company Will Work On 10-Acre, $32.5M Roof From March To September
— reported by Click2Houston.com
Brazos Urethane Inc. has been awarded a $32.5 million contract to rebuild the hurricane-damaged roof of the New Orleans Superdome, the company’s president said.
The Texas City company will work on the 10-acre roof from March to September, when the New Orleans Saints are scheduled to play their first home game of the NFL season on Sept. 24.
President Wally Scoggins said the company already completed a $2.5-million contract to build a temporary roof for the dome in October. Hurricane Katrina struck the city in late August.
The 19-year-old company was the only bidder for the contract and completed the deal Friday, Scoggins said. The company, which is located about 35 miles southeast of Houston, expects to employ 150 workers throughout the job.
Texas City firm wins job of rebuilding Superdome roof
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Glenn Menard, general manager for SMG, the company that manages the Superdome, said Monday that the total cost of fixing the sports arena could reach $182 million. Most of the cost will be covered by insurance claims and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The NFL is expected to contribute at least $15 million, he said.
The Superdome was used as a shelter for 25,000 to 30,000 people after the storm. Its structural frame was not affected by the hurricane, but the building lost 70 percent of its roof, resulting in major damage as rain poured into the building.
The dome’s 450,000-square-foot oval roof towers 275 feet above the indoor football field. The center of the roof is too high for construction cranes, so workers will use a variety of other hoisting machines, Scoggins said.