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November 9, 2012

College finds flaw in new academic building

Work on SUNY Plattsburgh academic building will need to be redone

PLATTSBURGH — Completion of a new building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus has been delayed, in part, as work that the college judged inadequate is redone. 

According to SUNY Plattsburgh Vice President for Administration John Homburger, one of the structure’s exterior walls was not constructed according to specifications, prompting college officials to request the wall be rebuilt. 

“There really wasn’t a safety issue, per se,” Homburger said. “It was purely workmanship.

“It was obvious that the workmanship was not at a standard that was acceptable to us.”

Located at the corner of Draper Avenue and Cornelia Street, the academic building was designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects and is being constructed by the Pike Company, based in Rochester.

It will be the future home of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Computer Science and School of Business and Economics.

The $14.2 million project is funded by the five-year plan of the SUNY Construction Fund.

The setback, combined with other construction-related delays, has pushed the building’s substantial completion date from the end of this month to mid January 2013. 

THROUGH-WALL FLASHING

Concerns about the adequacy of the building’s exterior wall, Homburger said, arose over the past couple of months as it was taking shape.  

College officials, he noted, found it didn’t meet their visual expectations and also had also not been constructed to specifications when it came to through-wall flashing.

SUNY Plattsburgh Capital Project Manager Richard Larche explained that through-wall flashing catches water that may enter the interior of a wall and dishes it up from the back surface to the front surface of the wall and then outside. 

Without properly installed through-water flashing, he said, there is a potential for water to build up in a wall’s interior, necessitating future repairs. 

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