Work ongoing to repair leaking at new city hall

Gary Kean
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A work crew goes about repairing water leaks caused by a minor assembly flaw in the construction of Corner Brook’s new city hall building.

CORNER BROOK — The City of Corner Brook says “a minor flaw” in the assembly of the new city hall means the building will have to undergo a repair job.

Not long after the city occupied the building, which opened in early August 2011, several leaks were discovered around what’s known as the curtain wall — the two sides of the building facing the main parking lot and Park Street that have the appearance of being all glass.

In some locations, leaking water trickling down the wall would pool up on window ledges.

According to Steve May, the city’s director of operational services, the building’s general contractor — Pomerleau — tried to solve the problem, but eventually had to call in an independent building envelope specialist to pinpoint the exact cause of the seepage.

“Because it is a fairly complicated process how these curtain walls mate together with the roof section and because there were three different subcontractors involved in that part of the building, it took some time to figure out,” explained May.

The consultant discovered there was what May called a minor flaw in the way that part of the building was pieced together.

Now, the three subcontractors have to disassemble some of their work on the wall sections to make the correction.

May said the work should take a couple of weeks, but it will not cost the City of Corner Brook a dime as it is covered in the construction deficiency clauses of the construction contract.

“There are always deficiencies that drag on for a while when you get near the end of a construction project,” said May.

“This one was identified early and the contractor has been working to try and find the solution. We are now at that point.”

Other than some minor plastering and painting and water cleanup, May said there is no damage to the building’s interior.

There has also been virtually no disruption to the work of city staff inside the building, other than one entrance being closed down and the occasional noise of the ongoing construction work.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Park Street

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Recent comments

  • citizen
    July 31, 2013 - 10:48

    flaw at new City Hall...not only the leak.

  • david
    July 31, 2013 - 08:21

    Extensive curtain wall testing is a critical part of any new building design process. Always. At least, that's what is done by architects and designers with some semblance of professional reputation to live up to and who take any job seriously. But this is Newfoundland, where a government contract is something to hand off to your aspiring teenaged kids to throw together. This trsadition was established and perfected in the Joey decades. Slap it together, get paid, move on. And at only $20+ million, a real bargain. Corner Brook IS open for business...specifically the ones that rob us blind.

  • Jackie Barrett
    July 31, 2013 - 07:49

    Looks like Corner Brook's infrastructure managerial incompetence has now spread from the Pepsi Centre to their own City Hall.

  • mainlander
    July 31, 2013 - 07:48

    The City is lucky they had a company like Pomerleau that stands behind their work and solves the problem no matter what. Not like the outfit that built the court house.