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Are leaky schools the next headache in B.C.?Engineering
We've heard all about leaky condos, but now British Columbia is looking at a problem with leaky schools.
We’ve heard all about leaky condos, but now British Columbia is looking at a problem with leaky schools.
The province’s Risk Management Branch is dealing with potential water problems at schools built in the last two decades. Over 450 schools have asked to be inspected.
A report by the CBC said there aren’t enough consultants to deal with the assessments. It quoted a government spokesperson, Phil Grewer, as saying “There are only so many consultants who are able to consult and do the assessments.” Apparently a total of $8.5 million has been allocated to the schools building envelope program, but remediation costs may be more than $50 million.
Ominously, the report also says that the province is suing contractors and designers involved in the schools’ construction to try to recover its costs.
The leaky condo crisis continues to keep construction lawyers busy, with high rise buildings showing problems, as well as the more common problems with low-rise structures.