Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Official Report: Transit Center "Severely Compromised"

More from the Gazette here.

According to Foulger-Pratt, they're just looking out for the people of their community. Why didn't the county just have a beer with F-P's clearly stellar engineers and hash this all out?
In a response to the report, Foulger-Pratt said, “The way in which this report was developed, however, is indicative of the county’s conduct throughout this entire process. Everyone in this community — including us — has been waiting for more than a year for the county to act. During that time, we made numerous requests for meetings between our engineers and the county’s engineers in order to sit down, as professionals, address any concerns and more forward for the benefit of the community.
You're doin' a heckuva job, Folger-Pratt! (Corporate motto: "We Build to Last")

Interestingly, the banner of FP's corporate website features a transit center-free downtown Silver Spring and the banner that once proudly hung from the worksite has been unceremoniously removed. Maybe they are trying to whitewash the whole project out of existence.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Transit Center Construction Actually More F'd Than Originally Thought

And you thought there was a chance that tons of concrete, steel and Metrobus would fall on your head at the transit center before.

Turns out the center's construction issues go well beyond the well-publicized improper concrete pours. The full report has yet to be released, but one of the apparent 'irregularities' involves the structure's pillars. Now, I'm no structural engineer, but I reckon these pillars play a key role in preventing the entire building from crashing down onto itself (and you).

You'd think Foulger-Pratt had never built anything before. Granted, some of the delays up to this point can be squarely blamed on MoCo government bureaucracy/incompetence, but this is getting ridiculous. 2013 opening? Not hardly. Try 2023. Or never.