FAQ – CARE Campaign

Why can’t we wait to repair the roof 7 until we have the money to pay for it?
Roof 7 has been repaired, at quite a cost, a couple of times. Last year, a study was done that shows many very wet areas. Water seeps, builds, and leads to wood rot and mould. The roof is a couple of years past its recommended life span. The HVAC units are very old, and fragile, and not efficient. The leaking below has damaged the boy’s changeroom ceiling, which is another cost we must bear.

Why can’t we replace the roof and just keep the current heating/cooling units?
The HVAC units are also past their normal lifespan and are functioning at low efficiency. These units can fail suddenly. If that happens, the cost of emergency replacement can be quite high. Long term, this should save us money, improve the air quality in our building. Investing now means recuperating in savings sooner.

Why did the roof get into this state of disrepair?
As a community, we were investigating the possibility of creating a new building, or adding a large addition onto the current one. The board and staff agreed that making large investments in current building roofs did not make good stewardship sense, until the rest of the plan was clear. Now that the community has agreed to recommit to our much-loved building, it’s time to recommit to CARE.

I know Roof 7 is urgent and must be fixed in 2020. How bad is the rest of the roof?
Although it could certainly be replaced this year, our consultants have indicated that the rest of the roof can last another year. In saying that, we are experiencing leaks in the foyer and on the second floor, and so there are continuing challenges.

How long is the new roof and HVAC expected to last?
Good stewardship suggests that we invest wisely in a roof that will last and provide good value to the school. We are aiming to put in the best possible roof, and HVAC, so that it all lasts for several years.

I have another question
Please contact Sandra Baker, Director of Advancement, 905-466-0237, sbaker@hdch.org