The C.B. King Federal Courthouse
ALBANY, Ga. — Repairs to Albany's federal courthouse will cost taxpayers nearly $1 million, federal authorities say.
Contractors have been working for weeks on the exterior of the C.B. King Federal Courthouse, repairing nearly every window in the structure, installing flashing and moisture barriers to stop the flow of water into the 10-year-old building, officials say.
"It's a water-intrusion issue," Saudia Muwwakkil of the General Services Administration said. "Water has managed to get into the building through the windows and the walls and has caused problems for the exterior and interior of the building."
The cost to taxpayers to fix the building will top $908,000, Muwwakkil said, a tall price for a building barely a decade old.
When asked if the problems were the result of shoddy construction or just the natural repair cycle of the building, Muwwakkil couldn't answer, saying only that "the problems were identified during a routine inspection and review of the building."
The work is the latest in a series of hiccups to have occurred at the site.
The $11 million C.B. King Federal Courthouse was completed in 2002 after a series of bureaucratic and construction snafus spread the project out from 1992, when the initial appropriation from Congress was approved, through 1997 when ground was broken, and into 1998 when work actually began, until the finish date.
Despite the fact that the GSA compiled a "punch list," meaning officials did an onsite inspection of the building before allowing the U.S. Marshal's Service, federal probation and U.S. District Court officials to move in, roof repairs on the courthouse were needed less than a month after the courthouse opened after a leak, attributed to a faulty membrane, was discovered on the building's roof.
According to Muwwakkil, the work on the courthouse is set to be finished by August.