September 30, 2013 - 5:14 PM
KAMLOOPS – The halls of the Tournament Capital Centre Fieldhouse building have been lined with buckets to collect water leaking through the roof, but that's about to change.
The city is moving forward with the $855,000 in repairs recommended by industry experts earlier this year.
When water was first discovered in the facility the city had a couple of roof drains patched and that seemed to fix the problem. As the season changed and cold weather moved in the water returned.
Over several years a pattern was discovered.
These ongoing issues had been occurring in the fall and spring months, when it was just above zero Celsius outside and warm inside. The affected areas were the west concourse and the upper hallway areas of the 135,000 square-foot building.
An expert investigation beginning in 2012 concluded in August and this December the city will have a contractor remove the exterior wall cladding to make repairs to the vapour barrier around the building.
“We've done quite a bit of detailed investigation,” Facilities Manager Jeff Putnam says. “We've discovered (the vapour barrier) isn't effective in various parts of the building.”
He explains when the weather is just above zero Celsius the condensation is the most prominent and will follow the wall system down, dripping into the open areas of the hallway and concourse. Buckets would be placed out during these times to catch the slow drip and at the peak a few buckets would be collected per day.
While Putnam says there won't be any permanent damage from the water it was something that needs to be fixed to ensure the long term care of the facility.
To fix the problem crews will remove the corrugated metal on the outside of the building and then the four inch layer of semi rigid insulation to find where the air is leaking in and causing condensation. Once that is sealed off the insulation and metal cladding will be replaced. All the work will be completed from the outside, which means day to day operations will not be affected while the repairs are made during the four to five month period.
The city is trying to work with the designer, Stantec Architecture Ltd. and the general contractor, D&T Developments Ltd, in the remediation process but will look to cover the costs of repairs from the companies through legal action if necessary. So far the companies have been very cooperative and all conversations have been positive, according to Putnam.
“We provided them notice of our concerns and we've had some initial conversations,” Putnam says. “I'd best describe them as cooperative and positive so far.”
In addition to the $855,000 in repair costs it cost the city $18,000 to bring in the experts to pinpoint the issue. Putnam is unsure if they will look to recover those costs as well, but says it is a possibility.
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