UConn to spend $10 million to fix roof at Gampel Pavilion

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut is planning to spend $10 million to fix the roof and peeling ceiling of its 25-year-old Gampel Pavilion basketball arena.

The project will be presented to the school's Board of Trustees on Wednesday for approval.

Fabric wrapping the triangular ceiling tiles and a sealant in the roof are starting to degrade, causing problems including peeling and water leaks, according to the request for the funding from Scott Jordan, the school's chief financial officer and Mun Choi, UConn's provost.

''As a 25-year-old building, Gampel experiences many of the same age-related maintenance issues over time as you'd see occurring in similar structures,'' school spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said.

Engineers have recommended removing the fabric and insulation from the damaged ceiling panels, re-wrapping them in fabric and replacing each on a piece-by-piece basis. The also recommend resealing the roof after installing changes that will allow better access to workers.

The school is already spending $546,000 to replacing the lighting system in the 10,000-seat arena with an energy-efficient LED system.

The repair project also calls for looking at the possibility of replacing some ''non-code compliant'' electrical panels in the building and the arena's retractable sideline seating.

The school anticipates the construction project would begin next spring, after the 2015-16 basketball season.

School officials say the repairs are designed to extend the building's life for another 10 to 15 years.

Reitz said the project will be paid for using money earmarked for deferred maintenance in the $1 billion UConn 2000 program that was approved by state lawmakers in 1995 to upgrade campus facilities.

Gampel Pavilion was built in 1990 at a cost of $28 million.

The school splits its home games between the on-campus facility and the XL Center about 30 miles away in Hartford.

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