Good morning Hunnewell,
Joe McDonough, Facilities Director, and Mike Andersen, Maintenance Manager, met with the engineers from CBI yesterday afternoon. CBI confirmed Joe McDonough’s initial assessment, which is that due to high humidity and temperatures the metal rebar corroded, and that corrosion caused the concrete around the column to spall (break off/delaminate). This spalling is limited to the lower 30 inches of the column. The current plan is to remove all loose and deteriorated concrete and corroded metal, and then rebuild that section. The width of the column will probably be increased for added stability and protection of the rebar.
In order for this work to take place, two temporary metal columns need to be erected on either side of the existing column to shore up the beams that the column supports, while the repair work is being done. The ceiling in this part of the boiler room (which is actually the floor of the classroom above) has soundproofing/fireproofing panels applied to it which contain asbestos. While the panels do not present a hazard, they will compress under the load from the temporary posts, so small areas must be removed. As is the case with all other asbestos abatement in schools, the FMD must follow state and federal regulations pertaining to abatement. A key part of the process is applying for and receiving a permit to abate (appropriately remove/dispose) two small areas of material on each side of the column (where the temporary posts will go). The abatement itself will take place after school and should only take about an hour. Required air testing will take place before and after the abatement to ensure compliance and a safe environment.
We will apply for an emergency waiver from the state to expedite the permitting for the removal of the asbestos material. If we are granted the waiver, this will shave about a week off the total time to complete the work. Without the waiver, it can take two to three weeks to get the permit. Once we have the engineering plans for the work in hand, we also need to apply for a building permit to complete the work. This process also takes about ten days.
Once the two temporary metal columns are in place, we will be able to move back into the classroom while they rebuild the lower 30” of the column; however, it may be best to just keep 2K/C in the learning center until the work is completed.
While this issue has caused some minor disruption, I am incredibly proud of our Hunnewell Team for pulling together to move 2K/C, and working together to find a great solution for our 2K/C students. We all got to see our CARE values and the Seven Habits of Happy Kids in real-time. Below I share an email from Katie Dexter who is responding to an email I sent thanking the staff for their support. To put Katie’s email in full context, early Tuesday morning we thought our only option was to move the 2K/C classroom into the music room.
I agree wholeheartedly! When I arrived at school this morning I was focused on getting through the day on a cart and thinking of how to make things work for the next couple of weeks on a cart. 15 minutes later I am being told that the Learning Center has offered their room to ease the transition for 2K and to make sure music could stay in their space. You don’t find this kind of generosity in many schools.
The amount of help I was offered by staff and students today was endless. From the cheerful welcome to your room, the handing over of the microphone, to the help setting up technology, the plea for a cart and the resulting plethora of rolling carts from the library that came my way I could not be more thankful. I hope everyone has a good night.- Katie Dexter
Thank you for your ongoing support. Please let me know if you have any questions.