The remediation plan to use a latex-modified concrete (LMC) overlay being adopted by Montgomery County’s Building, Design, Construction & the Division of General Services and the “ad hoc working group,” according to Foulger-Pratt is “ill-advised and ill-conceived.”
Way back when, Ike Leggett, secretly hired KCE Structural Engineers (Ike didn’t inform the County Council) to study and report back on Transit Center’s flawed construction. KCE reported serious issues with the Transit Center’s design, construction, concrete strength & testing, etc.
And now, we have Earnest Lunsford Jr., the administrator of the county’s building design and construction division, and David Dise, the director the county’s General Services Division (who were both involved with this project in its initial stages) suggesting that Byrant Foulger hire a contractor to do a Band-Aid fix using the LMC method — instead of demolishing and replacing the flawed concrete ramps and areas that are not on spec for this project.
The gentlemen from the county are consulting with Wagman for using the LMC method, but there isn’t any proof that this latex-modified concrete will hold up over the long term that taxpayers will need to guarantee — because we all know that Metro isn’t going to accept the county’s fix unless we (Montgomery County taxpayers) agree to pay the costs for subsequent repairs in the years to come!
The fix oughta be:
1. Fire all the county engineers who placed their P.Eng stamp on the flawed structural drawings.
2. Redesign the weak ramps and parking slabs.
3. Foulger-Pratt uses a different concrete placement company, and Facchina pays the costs for concrete replacement.
The county needs to do this project right! The time it takes to rebuild the flawed areas is not the issue.
Steve Cullen, Silver Spring