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No price tag yet for most recent Greenwich High repairs

December 21, 2018

GREENWICH — School administrators do not yet have have a final report on the extent of the damage caused by a leak in Greenwich High school’s Performing Arts Center earlier this month, or an estimated price tag for all the repairs needed in the center and nearby gym, Director of Facilities for Greenwich Public Schools Dan Watson said Thursday.

The Facilities Department has reached out to Turner Construction, lead contractor on the $46 million Musical Instruction Space and Auditorium project, of which the center is a part, but has no definitive information regarding who designed and manufactured the pipe part that caused the Dec. 12 leak, or who installed it, Watson said.

The town’s risk management department has a forensic consultant looking into how the part malfunctioned, he said.

Greenwich Time sent messages sent to a representative from Turner Construction that were not returned.

Earlier this week, the finance board approved $217,000 to repair water damage from another flood at GHS, caused by a malfunction in the science wing.

Greenwich-based Wernert Construction — the company that repaired Cos Cob School after it flooded in October — will be in charge of the Performing Arts Center repair project.

A vibrator coupling holding pipes together on a hot water line in the upper lobby of the center broke last Wednesday. The sprinkler systems were damaged, but have been restored and the fire alarm and the heating system are functioning, officials said.

The leak damaged a portion of the gym floor in addition to the ceilings and drywall of the PAC. Crews began removing wet sheetrock immediately after the flood was discovered.

Maintenance staff and contracted vendors regularly conduct routine maintenance, but the part that broke was inaccessible, inside a wall, Watson said. The town’s insurance provider will determine if responsibility falls on the manufacturer or Turner Construction, he said.

Members of school staff had not submitted work orders for the Performing Arts Center before the leak sprung, Watson said. He was still checking school records this week for maintenance work orders related to the MISA facility.

In the meantime, all performances scheduled between Dec. 14, when the closure was announced, and mid-January had to be rescheduled or relocated. The GHS choir concert was held on schedule Wednesday night but at Darien High School.

Students have limited access to the gym, and after-school sports teams are practicing at Chelsea Piers in Stamford.

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