TAVARES — With the envelope-repair project on the Lake County Judicial Center nearing its final stages, complaints of water leaks at the facility have dried up, according to staff from the Lake County Department of Facilities Development & Management.
“We’ve been checking when it rains, and the facility’s interior is staying dry,” said Kristian Swenson, Interim Director of the Department of Facilities Development & Management.
Completed in 1992, the 121,000-square-foot facility, located at 550 W. Main St. in Tavares, has been plagued by water intrusion issues for many years. In February, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $600,000 envelope-repair project to remedy the building’s troubles as the first step to improving the entire judicial complex. A $43.5 million expansion project is slated to begin in two months.
“In July, the site will be fenced and the contractor will start site construction for the Judicial Center expansion,” Swenson said.
The envelope-repair project began in March and included cutting the metal expansion joints in the building. The created voids were dried, cleaned and then filled with a silicone sealant to prevent future water infiltration. To the building’s exterior surface, elastomeric paint was applied. The contractor for the project, PPI Construction Management, is more than two-thirds complete with only some painting, caulking and installation of flashing remaining.
“They’re going very fast and moving really well,” Swenson said. “They’ve done a good job.”
With the fresh coat of crème and tan–colored paint on the building, the once tired appearing Lake County Judicial Center is looking revitalized.
“The colors will complement the new Judicial Center expansion,” Swenson said. “It definitely looks new and fresh.”