Staff: Civic Center at Risk of Wall Break

City Council is due to approve additional funding Monday for emergency repairs to the Evanston Civic Center.

This time, the problem is a curved exterior brick wall at the fourth floor level on the east side of the building.

City staff say a gap opened up between the facing brick and the rest of the load-bearing brick wall.

The gap near a fourth-story window can be as much as 3.5 inches, according to the staff report, and overall the issue affects an approximately 12-by-30-foot section of the wall.

Staff say the condition “may cause the wall to fail, creating an immediate hazard to pedestrians below and a threat to the structural strength of the building”.

A contractor, Garland/DBS, Inc. is already performing $200,000 emergency repairs to the building’s roof and gutters after water leaked into some third-party offices. and fourth floors.

The new issue is expected to cost $86,127 to resolve, and board members are being asked to approve a contract change order for that amount.

A memo from staff says the cause of the new problem is unclear, but may be related to problems with the gutter system or deteriorated window sealants – which are a problem on all windows in the building.

Staff plan to include funds in next year’s budget for window and window seal repairs and other exterior masonry work throughout the building.

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