Mold uncovering more problems, realities for West Lafayette officials

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Mold problems in West Lafayette City Hall may be double what officials were originally expecting.

“When [Tecton crews] went though the first layer of drywall and then were surprised to find that second layer they realized the mold is pretty heavy down there,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (R).

Crews from Tecton Construction Management found two layers of drywall in the basement saturated with mold.

Crews started their evaluation of the building on Navajo Street last month after two burst water pipes flooded offices earlier this year.

“Each layer they see that has more contamination, each floor they go where they see it’s a little bit more damaged than we had originally anticipated, basically empowers us to make a much more informed decision,” Dennis said.

“I’ve kind of highlighted likely wet spots,” Tecton President Mike Witteveen said. “I’ve gone through five of my top six [wet spots], and unfortunately I’ve found mold and water, literal water, in some of those locations inside the wall. I didn’t think it was going to be this bad of a problem.”

Witteveen said Tecton’s job is to evaluate the damage in the building. Then, present the city with options of what to do next.

“The big questions will be how much will it cost to fix it? Then, how long with the fix to sustain the facility,” Dennis said.

But after seeing what has already been uncovered, another option is seeming more likely.

“This was just a preliminary report,” Dennis said. “Our expectations are being somewhat diminished about ever being able to return to that facility.”

Tecton’s full report is expected later this summer.

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