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Ship In Lake Jeanette Library Tighter

Than Its Windows

 

JOHN HAMMER

July 3, 2014

The new Glenn McNairy Branch Library on Lake Jeanette Road, which is slated to open later this summer, is a beautiful building with a serious problem.

 

It leaks.

 

The library – which is full of light and has a pirate ship as its focal point and is sure to be a big hit with children of all ages – has 1,000 panes of glass and according to Baxter Matthews, the project manager with the general contractor Morlando Construction, they leak and need to be reinstalled.

 

Guilford Glass & Mirror, a minority contractor that was awarded the bid to install the glass, walked off the job earlier this year.  Guilford Glass claimed that it was not being paid, but according to Matthews they had been paid according to the contract and hadn’t finished the job.

 

Morlando hired Lemons Glass to come in and fix the problems and Lemons Glass worked on the project for about three weeks.  But then the city agreed to pay Guilford Glass an additional $6,000 over the bid price to finish the job, and when Guilford Glass came back on the job, Lemons Glass left.

 

Matthews said that a portion of the carpet at the front of the building had not been installed because the glass leaks so badly that water puddles on the concrete floor after a rainstorm, so they can’t install the carpet.

 

Matthews said that a representative of YKK Architectural Products, the company that manufactured the windows, was called out to the site to inspect the work and said that the windows leaked because they had been installed improperly.  The solution was to pull all 1,000 panes out and reinstall them properly.  According to a source familiar with the project, one of the big problems is that the windows were not calked before they were installed.

 

Guilford Glass, which currently has two men working on the job, is not pulling the windows to reinstall them properly but instead is attempting to fix the leaks by calking the windows in place.  The source familiar with the project said that the leaks could not be fixed by applying calk after the fact and agreed that the only way to keep the windows from leaking was to pull the glass from the frames, calk the frames and reinstall all 1,000 panes.  The source said that otherwise the windows would always leak, since once the glass was in place the gaps could not be calked.

 

It doesn’t take an expert to see that the windows have problems.  Even the ones that have been “fixed” by Guilford Glass don’t appear to fit properly.  You can see the underlying frames on the windows, which are supposed to be covered with trim work.

 

Matthews said that the glass work has held up the entire project. A  “City of Greensboro Project Management Report” dated Jan. 21, 2014, states, “Glass install for the ground floor windows is currently in progress, and the glass for the clearstory windows is on order.  The window framing is to be complete by mid-January.”

 

On June 27, Guilford Glass was working on the ground floor windows.

 

Matthews said that because the glass work was not completed on time, he could not finish the interior, since the building could not be heated until the glass was installed.  When you see the building with walls of glass, it is easy to understand why the building could not be heated without the glass in place.  Matthews said that the glass work not being completed on time had put the entire project behind schedule and that they knew 20 days into the project that the glass was going to be a problem

 

Matthews said that at this point the goal is to get the building completed for the grand opening and then start the glass replacement.  The idea of the city putting books and computers into a building where leaks are so severe that they cause puddles on the floor doesn’t sound like a good one.

 

Matthews said that the job would have been finished in April if not for the delays caused by the windows not being installed on schedule.  He said that all of the other subcontractors had incurred extra expense because of the problems with the glass.

 

He also said that judging by the amount of work being done, he didn’t think the $6,000 additional funds that the city had already provided would be enough for Guilford Glass to finish the job.  Matthews said that in addition to the $6,000, the city had also agreed to lease a lift for Guilford Glass to use, even though the contract called for Guilford Glass to supply the necessary equipment.

 

Much of the furniture has already arrived and the pirate ship is in place, while the windows that make up the front wall of the building are still being worked on in an attempt to get them to stop leaking.

 

However, according to the city everything is fine and dandy with the construction project.

 

City Councilmember Tony Wilkins, on June 25, sent an email to Assistant City Manager David Parish that stated, “Are we having some type of construction problems on completing the new library on Lake Jeanette?”

 

The reply from Parish states, “As with any construction project, there have been some minor issues along the way, but as of my latest update this week we are tracking along for a late July completion.  It has been delayed some from the original forecast, but nothing major that I can recall.”

 

He does note that along with the pirate ship being installed and the furniture delivered that “the glass work is wrapping up.”

 

According to those on the site, the glass work is progressing but it is not being installed or repaired correctly and most people would consider having to pull and re-install 1,000 panes of glass more than a “minor issue.”

 

Guilford Glass received the additional $6,000 after having someone appeal directly to the City Council for more money for them, despite the fact that the job had been bid and the bid amount had been paid out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not many people went to both the Berger campaign event at the downtown Marriott on Tuesday night and the Walker campaign celebration at Life Community Church on Wendover Avenue.

 

To say it was like night and day would not adequately describe the difference in the two events.

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