The boarded windows at the entrance of the newly renovated Central Library downtown are (we guess) a nice compliment to the red, trademark sculpture also front and center. The makeshift repairs were put in place after damage to a lower window, likely caused by Hurricane Ike, created a crack in an upper window.
According to the General Services Department, repairs should be underway by the end of next week. The estimated cost of the project is $19,902.20.
Five months to replace a window?
The project seems simple enough, but the windows are special ordered, fabricated, shipped from New York and then put in place by a crane that has to be scheduled for use.
"Unfortunately the time it takes for replacing the broken windows is delayed by the process," a GSD spokesperson tells Hair Balls. "It is not feasible to have the glass pre-fabricated as each piece of glass varies in size. These windows are not broken often."
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The plywood is not the only window problem the library experienced after the two-year, $17-million renovation. Solar film needed to be added to the windows to reduce glare.
The GSD spokesperson said, "General Services Department is sensitive to the delay and has worked diligently towards a resolution and completion of the work."
Which should happen any week now.
-- Amina Rivera