Biloxi fire stations to receive roof upgrades - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Biloxi fire stations to receive roof upgrades

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The city of Biloxi has enlisted the help of Starks Contracting to move forward with some much needed renovations.

Using federal funds the city is undergoing major improvements to fire station roofs at Bay Vista and Veterans Avenue.  Roughly $1.1 million is set aside for upgrades to the roofs of fire houses in Biloxi.

Work has already started on one of the buildings and there was definitely a need for the change.  Fire Chief David Roberts stood proudly outside of the fire station on Veterans Avenue as he observed the framework of a new roof.  It was something he said was long overdue.

"This is a FEMA, MEMA upgrade project. The flat roofs that are on here didn't meet any kind of wind load, so this is definitely an upgrade to it," Roberts said.

Mark Williams of Williams & Associates Architects says receiving the funding for the project is somewhat like insurance for any future mishaps.  "They're funding the project simply because they don't want to have to come back and repair a damage in a subsequent storm so what they'd like do is come in with an initial approach and repair the station to the point that they can forego any damage during the next storm," Williams said.

The replacement roofing will be able to withstand wind-speeds of 155 miles per hour.

It hasn't been an easy process, but in either case the chief said it was well worth the effort and every penny.  "One of the problems is we've had to put pilings in to get the uplift on the roof that we're putting on and that's what drove the price of the roofs up," Roberts said.

This structure survived the likes of Camille and Katrina.  Yet, upgrades became essential.  "Most of the time, we'll be in these stations during the storm, so that's why they need to be secure and able to handle the wind load," Roberts said.

The Veterans Avenue location is the first of three to begin the upgrade process, but Chief Roberts says he doesn't mind waiting.  "To finally see something happening and end in sight, it is a good feeling," Roberts said.

The roofs on other two stations have been prepped for the upgrades.  The overall project is expected to be complete early next year.

Copyright 2011 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-01-23 05:11:10 GMT
    Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>
  • Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:02 AM EST2018-01-23 05:02:07 GMT
    The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>
  • Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Monday, January 22 2018 11:19 PM EST2018-01-23 04:19:34 GMT
    A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly