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Blue Building problems spelled out in analysis
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McMinnville officials will be reviewing the rest of the story Tuesday night in regard to the Blue Building’s structural integrity and hazardous materials analysis by AEI Architects.
A joint meeting of the city’s Building and Grounds Committee and Finance Committee is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. On the committees are Aldermen Ben Newman, Rick Barnes, Ken Smith and Mike Neal.
Officials began a tentative review last month when a portion of the analysis said the auditorium is in “critical condition and no one should be allowed in or even near the facility” making it necessary for officials to take immediate action to prevent access.
According to the analysis report on the auditorium, “The walls are not plumb and lean inward as well as contain numerous visible cracks. It is important to know that the exterior multi-wythe brick walls are the only load-bearing elements that are supporting the roof structure. The failure of exterior multi-wythe brick walls will result in total collapse of the roof structure.”
The financial news is not so promising for the auditorium. Along with being in “critical condition,” the cost of a complete retrofitting of the auditorium will extend costs greater than the cost of a new auditorium, the report says.
The gymnasium structure is in better condition than the auditorium. However, by the report, “when the auditorium structure is removed, either permanently or removed and replaced, the common gymnasium and auditorium end wall area will require evaluation and repair in addition to the repair work already stated.”
Adding repair of the common wall to the renovation costs associated with the gymnasium will push the cost above constructing a new one.
The report says, “The degrees of these repairs is extensive and a comparison of this cost of work in addition to the typical renovation costs must be considered as well as the structural and hazardous material condition. These combined costs will very likely exceed the cost of construction of a new gymnasium.”
The main section of the Blue Building is in reasonable condition. However, “the work associated with creating a weather-tight envelope which is not necessarily structural related should be done immediately in order to prevent further wood floor and wood floor joist deterioration.”
Tuesday’s meeting will be held on the third floor of city hall.