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Caroline’s building official has halted work on a portion of the Caroline Family YMCA because workers did not comply with requirements for doing construction tasks in cold weather.
Some concrete was poured for pads and some cinder block walls were constructed, but the workers did not comply with building code requirements that call for certain procedures in cold temperatures, explained Kevin Wightman.
The work was performed Thursday and Friday of last week, he said. Wightman said he went to the construction site Saturday morning, and workers were making preparations to continue construction activities in the cold. He issued an order to halt the work.
When the temperature is below 40 degrees, the building code puts certain requirements on contractors, according to Wightman. For example, construction materials, such as sand and water, must be heated to a certain temperature, and some work must be protected with insulation after it is performed.
The temperature was below the 40-degree threshold when work was performed last week, said Wightman. When he visited the construction site Saturday morning, the temperature was 26 degrees, he said.
Wightman met today with representatives of the general contractor, Thurston Companies, and the subcontractors. They were receptive to complying with the requirements, he indicated.
“Everything up until the first of last week has been going like clockwork,” said Wightman. “Last week, the superintendent was on vacation. I think some things slipped through the cracks.”
Construction may continue on the project, said Wightman, but not on the areas where work was done during the cold. Those portions of the project will be reviewed by an engineer in order to determine if any remedial action needs to be taken, said Wightman. He expects to know the results of the evaluation as early as today.
In a worst case scenario, a couple of concrete slabs may need to be removed and two walls demolished, said Wightman. “They could lose a couple of days,” he said. “It’s not earth-shattering.”