The pieces of the Brazil Public Library are slowly coming together, with an emphasis on slow.
Library director Jill Scarbrough told The Times the work being done to fix the fire code issues has started, but there is still no timeline on completion with several remaining and new issues that need to be resolved.
"We had hoped we were getting closer to a completion date, and then all these things have come up where we move one step forward and two steps back," Scarbrough said.
One fire code issue has been addressed.
In the new meeting room on the lower level of the building now has bulkheads that are up to code.
Scarbrough said the bulkheads were removed, fire dampers were installed, the correct amount of double layer dry wall was installed and the bulkheads were put back in place.
It is a small victory for Scarbrough, considering the amount of work still needing to be done before the public can enter the building.
Several rooms in the building require steel fire doors to be approved by inspectors.
The doors arrived on Monday, with one of the doorframes missing.
Scarbrough had been insured that installation of the doors would take place the day after they arrived.
Currently, the doors are in the same place they were when they were delivered, and Scarbrough has no indication of when the doors will be put into place or when the missing frame will arrive.
Another remaining issue is the heating and cooling units (HVAC).
There is one HVAC unit that has been down for more than a month, as well as ductwork that needs to be redone.
Scarbrough said the HVAC contractors, Commercial Air, have been out to the library to install the fire dampers in the meeting room bulkhead, but have not looked at the other issues.
According to Scarbrough, Pyramid Architects and Engineering, Inc., issued seven-day notice letters to Commercial Air, which gives the contractor seven days to return to the site to fix the problem.
If the contractor does not address the issue in seven days, their contract can be revoked and another company can finish the work.
Scarbrough said the seven-day notice letters were sent out "a few weeks ago," and although Commercial Air has not fixed the HVAC issues, they are still the HVAC contractors on the project.
In addition to the remaining issues blocking the library from opening, another problem was brought up.
Because of the square footage of the building, the boiler room of the library needs to either be two-hour fire safe or sprinklers need to be installed in the building.
This is due to multiple lines of ductwork running along the ceiling of the boiler room.
The boiler room is being fire proofed, which includes the installation of the steel doors as well as fire dampers being installed within the ductwork.
Scarbrough said she is not sure how long the outdoor library can operate as the weather turns colder.
Those interested in the outdoor library should call and check to see if it is open.