The topic of the Jasper County Annex Building is once again on the agenda for the Jasper County Board of Supervisors at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. Also on the agenda is a “basement top leak prevention” item regarding the annex building.
The board has been reviewing the use of the annex building for almost a year. Several studies have been ordered requesting reports from Shive-Hattery engineering firm of Des Moines and Midwest Indoor Air Quality to gauge the building’s viability.
Shive-Hattery has been tapped for two studies, one on the annex building’s exterior foundation which found persistent water infiltration throughout the entire foundation of the building. The findings of the investigation were reported to the board at its June 26 meeting with recommendations including extensive excavation work to the building foundation.
A specific area of concern are the building’s window wells, which the reported stated were starting to lean with some bricks beginning to fall out. It also said the existing window wells are deteriorating and bowing and need to be reconstructed as they are “unsafe and could collapse.”
To address the issues, a complete excavation of the exterior foundation was recommended including the removal of the exterior stair tower, which could not remain in place for work to be completed.
The report also addressed the south dock area which is an original feature of the former U.S. Post Office. The wood canopy is showing extensive rot and the concrete dock is deteriorating, creating safety hazards for those walking in and out of the back door, according to the report.
The recommendation is to remove the current dock including the wood, concrete dock and storage building adjacent to the area. A new stoop would replace the aged entrance with a handicap accessible ramp that meets state code.
The price tag for all of the work is more than $600,000 with contingencies.
Supervisors also commissioned Shive-Hattery to conduct a space needs analysis for the entirety of the annex building to determine functions by department and service housed within the building, calculate the approximate area used by each department and service and review the layout of each department and service to determine utilization of space. It is not known if the study will be reviewed at the meeting but it is not specifically listed as an agenda item.
The board also requested in March, a mold study on the annex building’s basement. Received in April, the results of the Midwest Indoor Air Quality report have not yet been addressed in a meeting. The report found elevated levels of mold spores in the basement of the annex and recommended professional mold remediation for an area in the northeast side of the building which serves as the Jasper County Health Department’s home health care aide’s office.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org