Problems abound in Wayne school construction project featured in ad
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
A Wayne County elementary school construction project that is the subject of a controversial gubernatorial campaign ad turns out, apparently, to be riddled with problems, the executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority has confirmed.
“It’s pretty unusual for that many things to be rejected,” David Sneed said of three letters from the architect for the Crum school project, each citing construction problems. “It’s unusual for that company to have this many problems.”
The construction project is featured in a Jim Justice for Governor television commercial that includes video of construction workers from Honduras and Mexico — an ad that Bill Cole’s campaign tried unsuccessfully to get taken off the air with a cease-and-desist letter to stations airing the spot.
On Sept. 30, ZMM Inc. architect Nathaniel Spencer sent three rejection letters to Swope Construction, citing improper construction or installation of:
Insulated concrete form walls. The walls are defective because of voids, or holes, within the concrete, according to the architect.
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