Historic Gulfport building leaking after $60M restoration

May 11, 2016 in News

Screen_shot_2011-01-25_at_11_38_40_AMGULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – The federal General Services Administration has embarked on a $1.1 million facade restoration of the historic Gulfport High School building to plug leaks — less than 13 years after spending $60 million to renovate the building.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Wpf4qk) GSA has hired government contractor Katmai Support Services LLC to oversee the work. Subcontractor Alternative Solutions Inc. is cleaning exterior masonry and stucco, replacing cracked or chipped masonry, re-pointing masonry, sealing stucco and replacing deteriorated sealants. A special polymer coating also is being applied to areas around the roof vulnerable to leaking.

The GSA says Hurricane Katrina and tropical storms caused the leaks. The work should be finished by July or August.

The building houses the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Gulfport Division of Mississippi’s Southern District, and other court-related offices.