April 16 1:50 a.m. 1901 Howell Ave.
Worland temperatures: High 51, Low 35 precipitation: 0.03
Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 60. South southeast wind around 7 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 65. North northwest wind around 7 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. East northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 71.
Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Tuesday Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Wednesday Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunset tonight: 7:55 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 6:19 a.m.
DAILY NEWS photo by Bob Vines
A project to replace the red bricks on the Worland Aquatic Center will begin this summer. According to the school district, vapor barrier products were not installed correctly allowing moisture from the interior of the building to damage and stain the exterior bricks. The work will be covered by insurance through the contractor and engineering firm, according to the district.
Brick woes for aquatic center
By Jeanette Johnson
WORLAND – Work is expected to begin this summer to repair the Worland
Aquatic Center and be completed before the snow flies. The red bricks on
the walls will be removed and replaced to correct an efflorescence
problem that occurs with colored concrete.
In a press release from Washakie County School District No. 1, the district has been in communication with the architect CTA and Groathouse Construction for a year now in relation to exterior masonry problems.
“We are now in receipt of recommendations from CTA as to the cure for these problems at the Aquatic Center,” the release said.
CTA and Groathouse have contacted their insurance companies with claim information and will be responsible for the cost of the repairs.
“The one good thing in this conversation is that,” Superintendent David Nicholas said.
The pool will continue to operate during the process with only a few times when it will need to be closed or areas will be sectioned off while work is being done.
“For the most part, we are anticipating business as usual,” Stott said.
While the public will not largely be aware of the work, the district feels it’s better to get the information out and let people know what will be taking place, he said.
“It’s an unfortunate thing that we will correct,” he said. The scope of the problem is fairly wide – impacting every face of brick to some degree or another and the scope of the recommended cure is even larger.
In the interest of full disclosure, this press release is an attempt to inform the public of the status of the aquatic center and the repairs being done in the next few months.
The problem arose as a result of various vapor barrier products not being installed as indicated in the plan documents, allowing moisture from the building interior to make its way into the exterior bricks, the release said. The resulting effect is unsightly mineral stains on the bricks and premature aging of exterior masonry.
This will be a massive and invasive process, the release said. We are hopeful the work can be accomplished this summer and fall before the snow flies. The insurance companies may need additional information or have further requirements prior to the work beginning.
CTA will be developing a set of drawings which will outline the scope of work. After the drawings are developed, we will work the schedule so as to minimize any potential down time for Aquatic Center operations, the release said.
Cost estimates have not yet been developed, but these expenses will be covered via aforementioned insurance companies, it said.
District Business Manager Jack Stott said the situation first came to District Maintenance Supervisor Bob Michaels and his employees’ attention when they noticed an oddity on the bricks shortly after the facility opened.
“We saw moisture and some mineral deposits after just a month or two,” Stott said.
As time progressed, it got worse, he said. They received calls from community members who noticed moisture on the bricks.
Nicholas said they asked CTA and Groathouse to investigate the problem.
“They (CTA and Groathouse) were of the opinion it was efflorescence, which is a more common thing,” Stott said. “It’s a cosmetic problem as opposed to a structural problem.”
The phenomenon doesn’t happen during the summer months. The last two winters have caused the situation to worsen, resulting in some mortar coming loose.
“When the scaffolding starts going up, pretty much everybody will notice. And when the red bricks come down and the green bricks are exposed, it’s pretty noticeable,” Nicholas said.
•The exterior (red) bricks as well as insulation will be removed in their entirety
•The parapet walls on the north and south faces will be removed (the top three or four feet of what you see from the ground)
•Portions of the roof will be peeled back
•Exterior metal wall panels on the east and west gable ends will be removed and interior sheet rock will also be removed
•Spray vapor barrier will be re-installed over all concrete blocks and vapor barrier membrane will be wrapped from roof over top of the walls and then be integrated with the spray on barrier in order to create a continuous vapor barrier around the building
•Insulation and other roof products will be replaced as necessary
•Vapor barrier on the inside gable ends will be replaced and additional sealants will be applied
•All exterior and interior surfaces which were removed will be replaced as per original documents
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Flood worries focus of Ten Sleep meeting
By Jeanette Johnson
TEN SLEEP – An abundance of snow that could soon turn to running water
over the next few weeks was reason enough for Ten Sleep residents to get
an update on the conditions.
The purpose of a Tuesday night meeting in Ten Sleep was to make people aware of the flood potential for Tensleep Creek, Canyon Creek and both Upper and Lower Nowood River.
“The goal was to help them understand they need to get prepared,” Washakie County Emergency Management Director Kimball Croft said. “Because we can guarantee if it turns up to 80 degrees in Worland for three days this month, it’s going to flood again.”
Over 40 residents filled the Ten Sleep school cafeteria to hear from first responders. The agenda included updates from personnel from several agencies who help before, during and after disasters.
“We do not want to wait until the last moment. Be prepared and get prepared early,” he said.
This year, the responders are following the information they have from the 2011 flood threat, paying close attention to the temperatures over the next few weeks. If it turns to 80 degree days in Worland, the snow in the mountains will start its decent, Croft said.
Bishop Chad Fox with the LDS Church told the crowd his congregation will be helping people. There will be other civic organizations and school organizations that will help as well.
Croft said residents are aware of the amount of snow in the mountains.
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