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Jail rebuild is on home stretch

Repairs to police and fire building have been extensive, but are nearly done.

November 12, 2011|By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com
  • Construction workers reconstruct the jail floors in Burbank on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Renovations have taken place at Burbank police and fire departments and are slated to finish by February 2012. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
Construction workers reconstruct the jail floors in…

Construction on Burbank’s Police/Fire Headquarters is scheduled to be completed this spring, a little more than three years after the start of renovations, a city official said Friday.

Spot repairs on the facility began in 2000, two years after its original completion date. Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said those repairs continued to 2008, when the first phase of the renovation plan began.

The final phase began at the end of March and Teaford said she anticipates the work to be completed by March 2012. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $9.5 million.

Redevelopment funds are being used to cover the current work, while the first phase was paid for using funds from a Capital Projects Holding Account, essentially General Funds restricted for use on capital projects, she said.

Water damage, along with other problems, were discovered almost immediately after the building opened. In 2000, damage was seen on the walls of the showers in the firefighters’ locker room.

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Water leaks also were discovered in the parking garage and front stairs, among other places. The concrete floor of the building, including the lobby, parts of the fire department and about half of the police department was too thin and required repair, including the removal and reinstallation of the limestone flooring to support more weight. Other work included repairs to the main doors and lobby and museum windows.

The city filed suit against the general contractor for the project, Kajima Construction Services, alleging shoddy work.

Carolyn Barnes, senior assistant city attorney, said the city settled litigation with Kajima in August 2008 for $3.16 million. Barnes said WLC Architects also paid $475,000 as part of the settlement. The architects said the problems were related to the construction, she said.

Phase one of the renovations were completed in February 2010 at a cost of $1.34 million Teaford said.

Teaford said the tough part of the current project was the work on the jail.

“We had to remove all the concrete from the jail floor,” she said.

The work required Burbank police to book suspects at Glendale’s jail while its own facility was out of service. Police say the resulting travel time for police officers transporting prisoners between the two cities is one of the reasons for an increase in response times.

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