Bogert Pavillion Collapse

An insurance company concluded the cause of the partial roof collapse at the Bogert Pavillion was a rotten beam.

Bozeman city commissioners will weigh what to do with the partially collapsed Bogert Pavilion on Monday. Ideas range from replacing rotted beams to tearing down the structure.

Commissioners will discuss four options at City Hall at 6 p.m. City staff are proposing the body keeps the longtime Bozeman structure, according to the commission packet.

That plan (the second option on the list) would replace the pavilion’s beam that collapsed in the winter and portions of three other aging beams. The work would come with a price tag between $182,346 to $229,408.

Staff also recommended the repair include more weather protection for the new and remaining beams where they’re exposed.

“Some degree of checking, cracking, and delamination was observed in all beams throughout the facility resulting from decades of exposure,” according to the staff report.

A portion of the pavilion collapsed in November because of rotten wood. With that deterioration as the cause, the city of Bozeman won’t get any insurance money to repair the iconic structure that has served as a gathering spot in town.

Staff listed one option that would bring the pavilion up to code, which includes the weight its roof could carry and its ability to stand through seismic events. But that plan is by far the most expensive on the list. It would cost anywhere from $524,753 to $653,260.

The cheapest plan would just replace the pavilion’s beam that collapsed for $147,044 to $167,673.

The last listed option is to demolish the pavilion for roughly $230,000. Staff wrote development rules wouldn’t allow the city to rebuild at the same location.

In June, city staff said they didn’t know the last time the pavilion was evaluated. Bozeman doesn’t have a central system in place to regularly check on and maintain its facilities.

The facilities superintendent and parks superintendent are developing a plan for annual inspection and preventative maintenance for all park facilities. City officials have said they started working on that plan before the pavilion collapsed. That work would include a citywide inventory in Bozeman’s next budget.

“Routine maintenance will allow for a more proactive approach in an effort to avoid future issues,” according to the staff report.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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