WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The doors on West Lafayette City Hall have been locked for more than a week after all offices moved out. Next week the doors will open again, and city officials may start to get some answers on what problems are in the building on Navajo Street.
“Our hope is to have a comprehensive report, and pretty much remove all doubt about what the future of the particular structure is,” West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said.
The Redevelopment Commission approved contract negotiations between the city and Tecton Construction Management.
Dennis said a full investigation of the building needs to be done after mold was discovered following two water pipes bursts in January. After the discovery, all offices moved out of the Navajo Street location.
Tecton President Mike Witteveen said crews will be looking for more than mold.
“You have, I don’t know, a 25, 30, 35 year old building with windows, HVAC, roofing issues, concrete issues on the outside,” Wittiveen said. “So, it’s a pretty broad review of the current condition of the building.”
The first step in the process is called exposing.
“[We're] going in and exposing everything we can find out,” Witteveen said. “It’s opening up walls, seeing the outside exterior skin, looking on the underside of the roof and hard to get locations.”
The investigation will take between 10 and 12 weeks. Then, a report by Tecton will outline the city’s options. Dennis said right now several things could be possible.
“The first is that we would find out with a little investment we could move back into the existing structure,” Dennis said “The other end of the spectrum would be it would have to be demolished.”
A contract with Tecton is expected to be approved next week. Crews will start the investigation immediately after.
The Redevelopment Commission said payments for the project should not be more than $40,000. The money will come from the Sagamore TIF District.