City Hall work reveals additional flaws

2013-05-26T00:00:00Z City Hall work reveals additional flawsJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Work is continuing on the renovations at City Hall.

But Redevelopment Commission members received some bad news this past week about the condition of the two-story brick building constructed in the late 1960s.

The mortar, particularly on the west side of the building, is crumbling, said Scott Falk of Falk LLC, the architect hired to design the renovations.

That will call for additional tuck-pointing to the building at a cost of $26,300.

However, Falk also recommended to the commission to forgo water sealing the building after the work is completed, which would save $7,970. Falk said he really didn't see the need to seal the building with the type of mortar being used for tuck-pointing.

Falk told the commission that the reroofing of city hall should be completed by the end of the coming week at the latest. When they removed the roof, asbestos was found and has been removed.

Other additional expenses for the renovation project approved by the board was the removal of the letters on the south side of the building for an additional $900 and removal of two canopies, in particular the rear canopy to make way for a handicapped-accessible entrance, at a cost of $1,645.

Falk said their will be additional changes coming before the board. One new steel beam needs to be purchased to replace a rotting lintel on the west side of the building. The cost of the handicapped accessible entrance also has to be added to the project.

The commission approved a contract with Gough Construction Inc. in February to complete renovations to the project at a cost of $359,900, which will also include the replacement of windows.

A second phase of renovations to the building was approved in March when the commission gave Falk to the approval to evaluate the interior of the building a develop a schematic design for its future use. That report has not yet been presented to the commission.

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