Contractor repairing cracks in new animal shelter

Mesa County has reached an agreement with a Denver-based contractor that requires the firm to repair cracks in the new Animal Services building and extend the building warranty in case problems crop up again.

The cracks were caused by water seeping into the soil underneath the building. The soil then expanded and cracked a concrete slab that sits between the foundation and the base of the Animal Services building, which houses stray cats and dogs.

Officials first noticed the problem in November, five months before the $2 million, 7,700-square-foot facility at 971 Coffman Road opened.

County Regional Services Manager Tom Fisher said last week a county investigation determined that the contractor, CMC, improperly graded the building site, which caused water to flow toward the foundation rather than away from it.

“Obviously, from the operations standpoint of the building and what we’ve seen, we’ve been a little disappointed with how the construction process happened,” Fisher said.

The cracks have not compromised the walls or roof of the structure or affected Animal Services’ operations. But CMC, which already had begun repairs at its own cost, will have to complete them, according to the agreement.

Fisher said CMC should complete its work in the next couple of weeks before it becomes too cold to pour concrete.

CMC, which initially claimed it didn’t have enough money to pay three of its subcontractors because the county was withholding the final payment, must also pay those subcontractors. Fisher said CMC has settled with two of the three and is close to settling with the third.

The agreement also adds another year to the one-year warranty on the building.

“Obviously we want the building to be fixed and working properly, but we also want to make sure the public dollar that was expended here has some protection going down the road,” Fisher said.


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