By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
TEMPLE - Mold at Temple Police Department's headquarters will force police operations to temporarily move to the city's old police department while renovations and cleanup operations are performed.
Temple officials determined moving police operations back to the old police department at 105 S. Fifth St. - and other city-owned buildings as needed - would be less costly and quicker than conducting mold remediation and renovation plans while continuing operations at the department's Avenue A headquarters, according to city spokeswoman Shannon Gowan.
Officials expect the move to begin in the next 30 to 45 days. TPD would operate out of the old Temple police facility for up to a year, Gowan said.
"There will be no interruption of police services at any time," TPD Sgt. Brad Hunt said.
The city is currently suing the builder, architect and engineer involved in the construction of the 50,000-square-foot headquarters, which was completed in 2005. The city filed suit in September seeking unspecified monetary damages, alleging poor workmanship and unsound oversight led to mold and corrosion in the headquarter's air conditioning system.
All parties involved have denied all claims, one seeking dismissal and another filing suits against sub-contractors.
Temple-based builder Baird-Williams Construction Ltd. filed a motion with the court seeking for any monetary damages assessed in the case to be passed on to seven sub-contractors the company hired during the construction of TPD's headquarters.
The builder argued that those contractors signed agreements releasing Baird-Williams of any financial liability arising from possible lawsuits.
Moisture that gathered in walls near windows is believed to be one of the main causes of mold and corrosion in air ducts and air conditioning equipment throughout the building, court documents indicated.
The city cites testimony from two engineering professionals who assessed TPD's headquarters.
Both provided numerous examples of defects and oversights that they said should have been noticed and corrected during construction, according to court documents.
The international engineering firm involved, M-E Engineers Inc., has sought to dismiss that testimony along with the entire suit. The firm contends the experts do not adequately provide qualifications to determine them as experts in air ventilation systems.
Also named in the suit as defendants are Austin-based architect firm Brinkley Sargent Architects and Allen Y. Tochihara, the lead engineer in the project employed by M-E Engineers.
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