Bricks fall from new city bathrooms

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:20 AM.

Funding for the project came from a Community Development Block Grant for community revitalization, obtained through the efforts of Deborah Belcher, the city’s grant writer. The project cost $325,000 including a $10,000 grant for architectural services from the Tourist Development Council.

Architect Mark Tarmey, with 4M Design Group, served as a sub consultant for Jim Waddell, of Inovia, the project’s prime consultant.

In an interview Monday, Waddell said he was, “Investigating the matter and will be making a recommendation to the city as soon possible. The architect of record is also involved in the investigation.

“There are a number of things to look into, including the method the contractor used to place the brick on the parapet cap,” he said. “The weather may have been a factor in precipitating the incident. All concerned are very fortunate that nobody was injured.”

Waddell said he is reviewing the project history and construction file before making a recommendation.

In an interview last fall, Tarmey spoke of his firm having designed a half-dozen public restrooms, including a few on the interstate. “We’ve learned the need to mute the colors and use durable materials designed to help the city maintain the public restroom over its life span,” he said. “I’m a big believer in the way things were done. It (this project) was an investment, that the city was proud of its heritage and had some sense of permanence.”

To install the extensive brickwork, done of wood mold, not wire cut, brick from South Georgia, Poloronis hired Tinker and Tinker Masonry of Panacea.

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