Rec center rebuild to cost 1 million more than orginal cost of building


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 11:21 PM

AUSTIN – Austin's Public Works Department confirmed Friday evening that the designer and builder of an East Austin rec center are splitting more than $3 million to rebuild the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center on Colony Park Loop. 

Austin taxpayers will pay the remaining one-plus million dollars. 

“What we've been doing is working steadily in trying to get that building back opened and the best, quality job that we can,” said Sara Hartley with Austin Public Works. 

GSC Architects designed the facility and it was built by Journeyman Construction, according to the City of Austin. 

Journeyman Construction told KVUE they cannot comment because of a settlement they’ve made with the City of Austin. 

The problems with the Turner-Roberts rec center appeared about a year after it opened in 2008. 

“We saw some cracks but I mean like you don't really think about anything. I mean it was a new building,” said Daphne Jones, an East Austin parent who used the recreational center on a regular basis. 

The Public Works Department told KVUE that the facility wasn’t properly built to withstand the area’s shifty soil. 

“I think the lesson is to always make sure we have the quality project and that's what we're doing.  We're making sure that if there's a project that isn't meeting the standards that the taxpayers deserve then we're going to redo that and we're going to make sure that it's exactly the way that it should be,” said Hartley. 

The new and improved Turner-Roberts Recreation Center is scheduled to reopen in August 2013.