RI taxpayer blunder: State training school
CRANSTON, R.I. —
In March 2009, a new training school for juveniles was opened, replacing an outdated and inadequate building.
Built by Gilbane and designed by Ricci Greene Associates, it was touted as a state-of-the-art facility.
Except the building doesn't keep the rain out.
The Youth Detention Center and the Youth Assessment Facility make up the $52 million training center.
But within two years, it was leaking and it was estimated it would cost $1.2 million to fix it.
In 2011, Ron Renaud, executive director of the Department of Administration assured NBC 10 it wouldn't cost taxpayers.
"We're looking at this either as a design flaw or a construction issue. It should not come out of the taxpayer's pocketbook," Renaud said in 2011.
However, since then, the state has paid a consultant $90,000 to determine the leaks came from improper flashing around the edges of the roof. And now, the state is considering bids from three contractors to fix the problem. Their proposals range from $600,000 to $1.2 million.
The state said it tried to get some money back from the consultants who recommended the inadequate flashing, but an arbitrator disagreed.
So the bill to fix this problem will fall on taxpayers.