A problem in the Guilford County Detention Center in downtown Greensboro is proving difficult to deal with, and the Guilford County Purchasing Department is soliciting outside help for a second time in a new attempt address the issue.
Famously, jail showers can be home to all sorts of problems – however, in this case, the problem is somewhat mundane, but still recalcitrant.
The Rhino Times first wrote about the issue in May of 2023, and, at that time, the county estimated it would take about $400,000 to fix. Due to constant use, the coating on the jail’s shower walls and floors was coming off even though the jail is just over a decade old.
The county put out a request for competitive bids for the project last summer, but apparently the problem remains because, this week, the county put out a new request for proposals to address the issue.
A non-mandatory pre-proposal ZoomGov meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. for those companies interested in making the repairs.
A non-mandatory site walk-through is going to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at the jail at 201 S. Edgeworth St. in Greensboro.
According to Sheriff’s Department officials, the main problem with the shower area coatings has been the failure of the epoxy coating to stick to the underlying block walls. This has led to cracking and chipping in the shower walls and the shower floors.
They believe that a combination of wear and tear due to the substantial amount of inmate use, combined with a potential defect in either the product or the application of the product, is the cause of the peeling.
Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Aline Almonor told the Rhino Times last year that, in the opinion of department officials, the shower coating should have lasted longer than it actually did. She said the failure of the epoxy coating to stick to the underlying block walls led to cracking and chipping in the shower walls and, eventually, in the shower floors, mostly near the drains.