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 - NAPERVILLE City cracks whip to fix faulty...
NAPERVILLE City cracks whip to fix faulty design .The Municipal Center reconstruction project may be as much as two weeks behind schedule after a slow start to the work last month, city officials said. 1 1 Bill Novak, design engineer manager for the Naperville Public Works Department, said the city is pleased with the current rate of progress, but only after spurring the Itasca firm heading up the work to go faster. Novak said it may have taken Corona Construction Co. Inc. more time to mobilize for the project than originally estimated. The city is spending more than $2,9 million to separate the municipal building from its adjoining 2-level parking facility. The city contends faulty design has caused the parking deck to pull on the building as the two structures have settled, causing extensive cracking. siThe parking deck and the municipal center are connected omfhe south side of the complex at 400 S. Eagle St The three phases of work planned will include separation, installation of new joints and support columns for the deck, and repair of a waterproofing 9 .1 Naperville's Municipal Center is membrane on the top parking level. The project is expected to be completed in mid-November. "We are still hopeful it will be completed on time," Novak said. The top level of the deck is made up of a concrete support layer, the membrane and a wearing surface. Novak said the top surface must be removed so repairs to the middle layer can be made. Officials have said the first I "T,;-- .w.'.., PS m i being reconfigured after cracks were parking level has become vulnerable to seeping water due to faulty installation of the membrane. Naperville opened the structure along the South Branch of the DuPage River more than five years ago. Officials said it was not long before cracks appeared in concrete all over the complex. The city is suing the designer of the facility and its builder for r r-l f-1 i I i i r -4 I Tribune photo by James Mayo discovered. unspecified damages. City Atty. Michael Roth has said the city would like to recoup the cost of repairs, design costs and attorney fees and court costs. Naperville officials said architects Fujikawa, Johnson & Associates of Chicago and Naperville contractor Wil-Freds Construction Co. have blamed each other for the troubles. Jeff Com V 7 ' 1 I

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 23 May 1997, Fri,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 153

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