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Extensive Blue Building study put on hold
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McMinnville officials are holding off on going out for bids for an in-depth structural evaluation of the Blue Building. A meeting to establish exactly how extensive the study will be put the measure on ice for now.Building and Grounds Committee members Ben Newman, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith met Tuesday night to consider the scope of work engineering firms will use to generate the project’s cost in submitting a bid for Blue Building restoration.The current proposal states, “The basic scope of the assessment and evaluation will include visual observation and destructive testing of exterior and interior walls, foundations of all structures, stability of all floors, and roof framing and roof covering of all buildings” and “assessment and evaluation of potential environmental hazards, including but not limited to, asbestos, mold in the basement area of the original structure, and bird and bat droppings throughout all buildings.” Peter Metts of AEI Architects and Engineers out of Cookeville recently did a walk through of the building with a structural engineer and an environmental engineer.