WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The mold problem has turned out to be even worse than expected at West Lafayette’s vacated City Hall.
The company hired to address the mold troubles has found two layers of drywall in the basement saturated with mold, Mayor John Dennis said.
The crews started working after the mold was spotted following water damage in January caused by ruptured water pipes. That prompted the city to move offices from the building to temporary locations.
“Each layer they see that has more contamination, each floor they go where they see it’s a little bit more damaged than we had originally anticipated,” Dennis told WLFI-TV.
Crews have found mold and water in several locations around the building, Tecton Construction Management President Mike Witteveen said.
“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad of a problem,” he said.
Witteveen said the company is working to evaluate the damage and give the city options for what to do next.
That final report is expected over the summer, but Dennis said he was growing more concerned about the potential cost for repairs.
Dennis has said he suspects the entire building may have some mold spreading because of condensation on metal-framed windows that often freeze, causing water to leak into the concrete walls.
“Our expectations are being somewhat diminished about ever being able to return to that facility,” he said.