More library plaza repairs needed |

More library plaza repairs needed

Workers on Wednesday tear up flawed concrete in the Glenwood Springs library's plaza.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |

Yet another repair to the plaza outside the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will result in a month-long closure of the outdoor area, but will not affect regular library hours.

Amelia Shelley, executive director for the Garfield County Public Library District, said that after the plaza surface was sandblasted last year to fix what had become a slipping hazard, another problem was discovered.

“The sandblasting exposed wood chips that were in the concrete, meaning the concrete itself was defective,” she said. “We advised the contractor and said it isn’t acceptable and that they would have to tear it out and replace it.”

Work began this week to do just that. “Because the project is a result of construction defects, the layout of the plaza will not change and the work will be performed at no cost to the library district or taxpayers,” according to a statement sent out by the library district.

One of the outcomes will be a return to the original “broom” finish on the concrete, called for in the original specifications but was damaged when it was first applied, Shelley said.

In addition to the plaza work, the library district is also having some of the concrete outside the underground parking garage entrance repaired.

The library itself will remain open, and follow its regular schedule.

Besides the sandblasting work last year, the interior carpet in the 2-year-old library also had to be replaced earlier this year due to a moisture problem. That project was also covered under warranty.

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