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Federal Courthouse repairs near $1 million

The C.B. King Federal Courthouse was completed in 2002 after years of bureacratic and construction snafus

The C.B. King Federal Courthouse

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.

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

Who was the original contractor?

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 3 months ago

Pat Mathis Construction Company out of Savannah. http://patmathis.com/

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rgranfeldt 2 years, 3 months ago

It appears that one of the pictures on the front of patmathis.com is of the Albany Courthouse. I think I'd ask them to remove it...

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

WHY ISN'T THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY ON THE HOOK FOR THE REPAIRS? I ASSUME THERE IS AN EXPECTATION TO HONOR A CONTRACT AND THINGS LEFT UNDONE OR SHODDY CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE IN VIOLATION. EVEN CHEAP CARS HAVE MORE WARRANTY THAN THIS BOONDOGGLE.

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truthsayer 2 years, 3 months ago

That's what happens when you use minority contractors.

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VSU 2 years, 3 months ago

You get what you pay for. You can thank the people who voted for this company. It took them far longer than it should have taken to complete this project. Guess they figured the longer they worked on it, the more money they would make. I'd be afraid to be in that building for fear it would collapse. This building wouldn't stand a chance surviving an earthquake.

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Amazed2 2 years, 3 months ago

At the time the contract was pushed thur during the Clinton Presidency. It was the largest woman owned minority constrution contract issued ever at the time. Guess there has to be a first time for everything so the Judges and the Taxpayers got a multi-million dollar Federal Courthouse using this process. So what if it leaks a little.

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SMHgain 2 years, 3 months ago

Are you serious?? "So what if it leaks a little"? A million dollars for repairs is not a "little" leak. Was there no guarantee on this contract? How can a reputable construction company allow such shoddy work?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Somebody needs to put a little feedback on Angie's List on this outfit.

Also, I notice one of their projects was the Richard B. Russell Dam. If I lived downstream from the dam........I think I would not sleep well at night.

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jglass 2 years, 3 months ago

I remember the mess and delays of this building and it being a "minority" contractor. I cannot believe that this building is in need of $$$$$$ repairs. I say that was a shotty job from a shotty contractor. But then again it's only the taxpayers money......GRRRRR

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agonized 2 years, 3 months ago

The building is huge and ornate for there to be as little activity as actually goes on in there. There are a few federal trials there a year, but the most activity that goes on there are bankruptcy hearings. One of the courtrooms has all of the benches installed backwards so that the curve of the bench actually pushes into your back, which is a chiropractor's dream. It's no shock to me that they are having to do a $1 mill renovation since they couldn't understand how to install benches correctly.

Lest we forget, all of this is controlled by the GSA, you know, the governmental agency that spent $800k + on ONE convention in Vegas.

If the punchlist was approved by the GSA back when it was finished, I think the contractor is by and large off the hook for anything that occurs unless it was made known to them at the time, especially now that it is 10 years later. The taxpayers? Not so lucky...

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

Weren't they also caught and fined by OSHA. On the roof membrane I remember the origional claim was the fault of the manufacturer, but then it was stated the installation was incorrect and it should all be replaced. Then it got to be a leak repair. Now I might be wrong, but didn't some local Sub Contractors get stiffed on this job? The problem isn't minority contractors, the problem is having inspectors on site to assure things are being done according to specification and quote. I believe it was decided it would cost too much to have the Arcutectural firm that did the design oversee the project. This was a ripoff of the Government, and most everyone knew it and didn't do anything about it.

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tywebb 2 years, 3 months ago

They should call Mike Holmes to come down and inspect it! I'd love to see how shoddy the entire building construction is! Why can't people just do it right the first time? Because they wouldn't NET as much profit and ain't that what it's all about?

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

Sadly, its probably one of Pat Mathis Construction's better projects. That outfit is a total train-wreck. This was well known prior to it being selected. Two things helped this company get the job anyways: 1. Pressure for a minority contractor, regardless of qualifications. and 2. No one at the federal level cares about the amount of money spent. I remember some of the comments from visiting inspectors. They shook their heads and described it as, giving the finest and most expensive building materials available to beginner-grade, unskilled, hired-off-the-street workers. What a debacle. How typically Albany.

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VietVet1 2 years, 2 months ago

Give me a moment to put my surprised look on..... Job well done Albany

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