Clearfield County Jail project adds $3.8 million

Walter S. Timmons

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Clearfield County Jail renovation challenge just added $3.8 million to its tab adhering to an sudden discovery in the building’s roof.

All through a facility stroll-via ahead of upcoming development, engineers located added spots in will need of mend.

“They discovered that when the jail was initially manufactured 40 decades ago, that it is lacking something identified as a bond beam and that sits involving the roof and the framework of the jail alone,” Commissioner John Sobel explained.

Sobel stated ABM industries, the organization overseeing what was initially over $9 million in renovations, have been not knowledgeable of the missing beam. Blueprints of the developing confirmed roof supports had been in area.

“Unfortunately due to the fact the bond beam is missing, the roof is just sitting on top of the jail without having staying secured to the jail by itself, so it can shift,” Sobel mentioned.

Engineers assured the commissioners that the roof will not collapse, but for the reason that the roof can transfer, drinking water is able to enter under the roof into the structure of the jail.

“We’re quite disappointed with what transpired a lot of decades back,” Sobel explained. “Obviously now we’re having to pay the cost for it, but it’s just a fact of existence. We’re gonna offer with it and we’re gonna shift in advance and get the jail mounted.”

ABM also located deteriorating steam piping and new spots on jail walls that need renovated. The added repairs are believed to add $3,878,660 to the venture.

“It’s even now substantially fewer high priced than developing a new jail,” Sobel said. “Constructing a new jail would take much for a longer period than it would acquire to get the jail repaired.”

The commissioners permitted ABM to move ahead with the new renovations and are at present seeking into alternatives to finance the additions.

“We could refinance. We certainly have American Rescue Act monies that we can use to pay out for it,” Sobel claimed. “We’d like to use our American Rescue Act monies as most effective we can for some other initiatives.”

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Sobel reported he expects renovations on the roof to be finished this wintertime.

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