BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to the Business Report, another update on the River Center Branch Library in downtown Baton Rouge has been issued, but reveals few details on a timeline for construction and what went wrong in the first place.
The statement from WHLC, the architectural company managing the project, reportedly said the following things:
Detailed measurements of the building are being acquired to establish the limits of structural movement
The design team has prepared permanent repair instructions for the structural steel frame, which are under review by the other members of the project team and the city-parish
The design team has engaged the manufacturers of other building systems to ensure that these components will perform adequately during and after the permanent structural repair
Repair instructions for other, related building components are currently in development. These repair instructions will be subject to review by the other members of the design team and the city-parish
Back in mid-April, construction on the library came to a halt after crews noticed a large crack in one of the walls.
- Structural engineers say downtown library can now be accessed
- More streets being closed due to remedial work required on downtown library
- Engineers find additional problems at new library under construction
- Reported stability issues with new library under construction prompt evacuations, street closures
Many streets downtown had to be shutdown as crews worked to shore up the building. It's still unclear how the crack developed in the first place.