Friday, May 01, 2009

Leaky Roof At Indy's Billion Dollar New Airport

The leaks in the roof of the new Weir Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport have persisted since the new airport opened late last year WRTV's Dan Spehler reports, but the leaks aren't due to the negligence of the contractor which built the billion-dollar airport expansion claims airport officials. Excuse me, but a new building wouldn't have 29 areas where the roof leaks if it had been properly constructed. The construction work was performed by the politically-connected Hunt Construction, which doles out big contributions to local politicians. WRTV talks about the problem that airport officials don't see as a problem:

Xs mark the spot of a persistent problem with Indianapolis' $1 billion airport.
The Weir Cook Terminal has a leaking roof that airport employees said has become a problem every time it rains heavily, 6News' Dan Spehler reported.

While beautiful and enormous, workers and visitors to the terminal are coping with the problem one drip at a time.

A leaky roof has led to passenger concern that the facility may have a larger structural issue. "If they're going to invest a lot of money, they should at least make it right," said one airport visitor.

Several airport employees who declined to talk on camera told 6News that leaks have been pervasive most of the spring and as snow melted in the winter.

On several visits to the airport on different days, 6News found multiple locations where the roof was clearly leaking near the ticket counter and baggage claim areas.

Indianapolis Airport Authority spokeswoman Susan Sullivan acknowledged there are multiple problem areas.

"We've marked the spots on some of the floors … so that the contractors know specifically where the leaks are occurring and they can go and make the permanent repairs," she said. "This is not at all unusual for any type of new construction, whether you build a new home or you build a new airport terminal."

Similar roof leak problems were encountered shortly after the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium. Some areas of that building flooded before the first games were ever played there.

In some cases, construction problems lead to lawsuits, such as the one in which the Marion County Library lost a $50 million suit against a contractor after it settled with others. Airport officials said the terminal's issues don't constitute contractor negligence.

"It's not a flaw in the construction process, not a situation where the contractor was negligent," Sullivan said. "As with any new construction, materials settle. They contract and expand. We haven't gone through a full cycle of the seasons yet."

Permanent repairs are being made as warmer, drier weather allows. Officials from Hunt Construction said that they have already made several repairs to the 600,000-square-foot roof.

Twenty-nine different areas where the roof was leaking were identified. Hunt said it had fixed all but three.

Airport officials said they haven't received complaints from customers about any damage or injuries.


Concerned Taxpayer said...

Oh, don't worry...check's in the mail.

Oh, don't worry...Obama "The One" will have that fixed immediately.

Oh, don't worry...we can plug the leaks with TRILLIONS of tax dollars that hard-working Americans don't really need.

I know said...

Remember when the steel settled and a huge change order was required? Now the roof has a problem. Maybe the steel is settling and shifting some more.

Downtown Indy said...

Who poured the concrete for it?

Indy4U2C said...

Did Monroe Gray get a roofing contract for the airport in addition to his "no-bid" concrete contract???

artfuggins said...

this is not unuaual and the contractor is responsible for making it right....No $$$$ for taxpayers. The sky is not falling. It is just leaking in a few places and will be correctly shortly. COST FREE TO TAXPAYERS

Citizen Kane said...

This is another unnecessary boondoggle that is going to eventually cost someone. There never was a need for this new terminal. There were operating under-capacity as it was. The expense of maintaining and operating this terminal will drive flights away. And our phony convention business is not going to increase in any substantial manner regardless of the propaganda spouted off my our so-called leaders and experts.

Next up - the mass transit boondoggle. Yes, let's go build more stuff we can't afford and don't need so we can pretend that we are something we are not.

Meanwhile, while they are trying to tax us for transit, our streets, sidewalks and non-existent drainage system (in many neighborhoods) will remain neglected.