MEDINA — Workers are starting to replace 13,820 square feet of tile on the exterior walls of the Medina Library as part of an approximately $1 million repair project.
Water has been seeping behind tiles on the library installed 10 years ago during renovations and an expansion.
“It’s a major thing,” Library Director Carole Kowell previously said. “We’re concerned some of the tiles might fall off.”
The library has filed a lawsuit in Medina County Common Pleas Court against several parties involved in the original project including architect David Milling and Associates; Marble Restoration Inc., the tile contractor; and general contractor Henele Builders Inc. among others.
EnviroCom Construction Inc. of Beachwood is handling the repairs.
“We want to make sure it’s done right and to make sure we’re on top of this thing,” said Tina Sabol, the district library’s community engagement manager.
She said it’s regrettable the library has to fix renovations that are just 10 years old.
Representatives from EnviroCom, Mays Consulting & Evaluation Services Inc. and the library meet weekly or biweekly for construction meetings. Mays, of Delaware, Ohio, is an engineering group that designed the repairs and is overseeing the project.
Weather has not been ideal for the project, but an EnviroCom official said work is on schedule.
“We are not behind on the schedule specified in the contract (due to weather) because we built in float time,” said John Giles, president of EnviroCom.
EnviroCom, which submitted the lowest bid for the project, said removal of the existing tiles is not weather-dependent. However, prepping the walls for the reapplication of tile is. They can’t be applied if it’s above 85 degrees because the adhesive dries too quickly in high-heat conditions.
Heat came into play May 25-31 when temperatures exceeded the recommended levels. The company said once the walls are prepped, tile can be applied in any conditions except pouring rain.
Work is expected to pick up Monday.
The company anticipates pouring sidewalks the week of July 2. Tiles are expected to be replaced on the third floor sometime after July 4. The rotundas on the south and north sides of the library are the final portion of the project with start dates in August and completion dates in the fall.
The estimated completion date for the project is November.
The library “is pleased with the project so far,” Sabol said. “There have been no safety issues. Crews have been diligent about creating a safe space for our library members and staff.
“EnviroCom crews are accustomed to working amidst active locations such as a library. This is especially true in the summer when so many families, day care centers and camps frequent the library for the summer reading game.”
Sabol said for the foreseeable future, the book drop will remain open for full service.
Once work begins in the book drop area, it will be open only when crews are not present, approximately 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and weekends.