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Plan to fix Morrison School problem
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Concerns about the upside down roof joists in the new Morrison School gym have led Warren County School System officials to request guarantees in writing that the load-bearing joists will be repaired and certified by the contractor at no cost to the county.A letter from current Director of Schools Dr. Jerry Hale asked for “documentation stating all codes have been met and the modifications that are proposed will in no way cause a reduction in the original design capacity.”Chris Myers, the project engineer for the new Morrison School, has been working with joist manufacturer Carpenter Wright to come up with an effective repair plan which includes installing extra vertical supports and shoring up diagonal supports to ensure proper load-bearing specifications are met. School architect Paul McCall of Red Chair Architects, formerly Cockrill Design & Planning, presented drawings illustrating the joist modifications to School Board members over the weekend.Hale’s letter further stated, “We are requesting that certified welders perform the work and GeoServices provide us with a letter that all welds have been tested and are acceptable, then a final inspection by Chris stating that all modifications have been done to his satisfaction.”The joists were installed incorrectly over Christmas break by a subcontractor of Biscan Construction, the overall project contractor. When photos of the installation were presented to project engineers after the break, the mistake was discovered.Since the gym roof had already been installed, with the joists welded to the metal sheeting, the contractor reported it could take four to six weeks to remove the joists, flip them, and re-weld them.

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