Insurance to cover $1.5 million Rosemont dome repair costs

  • A plastic tarp covers the artificial turf field at the site of Rosemont's dome, which collapsed in a storm Aug. 2.

      A plastic tarp covers the artificial turf field at the site of Rosemont's dome, which collapsed in a storm Aug. 2. Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer

Posted8/29/2015 7:00 AM

Rosemont officials say insurance should cover the $1.5 million cost to repair the village's indoor sports dome, which had its roof collapse in a heavy storm earlier this month.

The village board held a special meeting Friday to approve a proposal from the dome's manufacturer to assemble and install a new roof, which officials hope to have in place by Thanksgiving.


The board also ratified a $72,037 payment to Orange Crush LLC for the heavy plastic covering that's protecting the facility's two indoor baseball/softball fields from the weather.

Village trustees will likely vote on additional contracts Sept. 9 with electricians to reconnect the lighting system once the dome is back in place, and with carpenters, who will have to reinstall the building's entry doors.

Insurance will cover the costs, Mayor Brad Stephens said, and the village's 20-year warranty for the roof won't come into play.

"That's why we pay the premiums," Stephens said.

It was originally thought that some of the fabric material from the roof was salvageable, but it turned out that a new roof was needed, the mayor said.

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It comes in 12 different sections, and once pieced together, rises as high as seven stories, covering 140,000 square feet of space. Crews from the dome's manufacturer, Arizon Structures, are assembling the roof material at a factory in St. Louis, before it is sent to Rosemont.

The 3-year-old facility, located west of the Tri-State Tollway and north of Balmoral Avenue, cost the village $2.4 million to build.

The village is planning to reopen the facility by January. Sports clinics and other users have had to find other venues in the meantime.

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