By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Commissioners on the building and grounds committee made a consensus agreement earlier this week to have the county attorney review an extensive repair estimate report for work needed at the Cumberland County Justice Center in order to repair numerous leaks and problems.
The committee wants county attorney Randal Boston to review the report and the documents from the renovation and remodeling of the old high school portion of the Justice Center and determine if a civil suit could be pursued by the county.
The high school portion of the facility, including the new stairwell, has leaked since the project was completed nearly three years ago. There has been mold reported in some areas and in spite of several attempts to stop the leaking, it continues. "I don't know how much longer we're going to have to wait. It's been almost two years and it's still leaking," Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner and Building and Grounds Committee chairman, said last fall when the committee unanimously decided to have a third party examine the building.
After meeting with three architectural firms last November that had submitted their names for consideration on the job for the roofing project at the Cumberland County Justice Center, the finance committee unanimously chose to hire Cope Associates, Inc. of Knoxville for design work on the Cumberland County Jail roof and to prepare a report recommending needed action to repair the leaks in the old Cumberland High School portion of the Justice Center.
According to the report presented by Cope and Associates, the leaks are being caused by "three building component failures."
The three areas are coping and parapets, improperly sealed and deteriorating joints; exterior stone and masonry, open, deteriorating and improperly sealed mortar joints, damaged stone units and or improperly protected openings; and window openings that are missing or improperly installed flashing and waterproofing.
There are 56 windows that need to removed and reinstalled, window trim that needs to be replaced and repainted, caulked and trimmed with sheet metal. New sheet metal needs to be added for flashing and at the heads and sills of the windows, waterproofing around each opening and a water resistive barrier needs to be added.
The report also states that 12,500 square feet of the concrete brick needs to be pointed (concrete reapplied in between the bricks) on the exterior portion of the building using type "O" mortar and 52,500 linear feet of the mortar joints needs to be repaired. Flashing and metal coping at parapet caps also needs to be performed.
Cope and Associates estimated the "probable cost" to perform the repairs to be roughly $404,300.
"In order to determine the extent of remedial work and to prepare documents and details necessary for construction, we believe that further physical investigations are advisable. We recommend that selected sections of the stone coping should be removed ... also, because of the apparent flashing deficiencies at the heads and sills of the new window units, we recommend that at least two window units be removed to examine the installation details and to determine the extent to which the window openings are contributing to moisture filtration ...," the report states.
Frank Sparkman, architect of Sparkman and Associates, worked as an architect on the restoration of the old high school portion of the Justice Center expansion project.
Upland Design Group worked as architects on the newer portion of the project and Midstate Construction was the contractor on the project.