Newly discovered roof problems will curtail sports, events inside LOHS new gym

New gym and wrestling room closed immediately; fix could take 3 months

Roof problems continue to plague Lake Oswego High School.

In an email blast to families of students Friday, LOHS Principal Bruce Plato shared some troubling news about the roof over the new gym. The problems could affect winter sports held in the gym.

Quoting Plato from his email, 'When I reported at last week's Back to School Night that our building's reconstruction was complete, I unfortunately spoke too soon. Investigation and tests concluded today have determined that the roof of our west gym (new gym) and wrestling room were not properly installed, leading to moisture issues and the gradual deterioration of the structural integrity of both roofs.

'Under certain conditions, such as a significant seismic event or heavy rain and winds or snow, it is possible that the deteriorated condition could result in a collapse of the roof in the new gym. For these reasons, and out of an abundance of caution, it has been determined that it is prudent to close the new gym and wrestling room effective immediately.

'The repair design has already been started, but until the design nears completion it will be difficult to forecast the duration of this closure. Preliminary estimates are approximately three months. We know the impact to our students, staff, and parents involved in our athletic and extra-curricular activities will be significant. At this time, we are already evaluating options for temporary placement of those programs. Details will be provided as plans are finalized.

'As previously announced, the district is suing Robinson Construction Company for construction defects at Lake Oswego High School's main building, the repair of which was recently concluded. Our District will seek to add the cost of this repair to the current lawsuit.'