Archive for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Editorial: Quality control

The Lawrence City Commission is right to be vigilant about ensuring that the city’s new recreation center meets the highest quality standards.

July 10, 2014

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It’s a no-brainer to approve whatever steps are needed to address water and humidity problems at a recreation center that will feature eight wooden gymnasium floors.

That’s what Lawrence city commissioners did Tuesday night but not without some discussion about whether the builders and designers of the new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park should share in the additional $48,000 cost to install additional concrete and flashing to address the problem. Commissioners were right to wonder whether flaws in the design or construction of the building might have contributed to the water problems and to ask city staff members to discuss that issue with the architects and builders.

The cost of the project obviously remains a concern for many taxpayers, but the top priority at this point is to make sure the new recreation center meets every building code and quality standard and is turned over to the city in top-notch condition. Problems arise in almost every construction project, and city officials have been assured that the additional concrete and flashing will correct the current water issues.

Taxpayers and city officials can only hope that is the case and that the leaking and humidity aren’t the first in a continuing litany of issues that require remediation at the recreation center. To their credit, commissioners are being vigilant and open about any problems that arise in a project that has stirred considerable community controversy.

That’s only smart. Commissioners know that much of the criticism of the way the Rock Chalk Park project was pursued and approved likely will melt away if the new recreation center proves to be a strong draw for community people as well as regional sports tournaments. If, however, the center is plagued by physical problems that hamper its operation, that criticism no doubt will continue and strengthen.

The opening of the center that will be known as “Sports Pavilion Lawrence” is only weeks away. Hopefully it will prove to be a high-quality and much-used addition to the community.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 3 years, 11 months ago

It may not be as simple to fix as people think it will be.

The City should not pay out a penny for these leaks. They should have been taken care of in the design process. Any costs, now or at any time in the future, should be taken care of by the builders and designers of this project.

In fact, it may be wise to put aside quite a bit of extra money from the builders and designers to make sure that they don't go bankrupt at some future date, and thereby leave all these problems for the city to repair (If indeed they are repairable).

Rick Hird 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Commissioner Farmer considers this to be "nitpicking and griping"?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

How does crummy construction get by inspectors?

Brad Hightower 3 years, 11 months ago

It's a real problem when the architect who designed the building and the architect who reviewed the plans are the same one's who inspect it for the city.

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