Thursday, August 31, 2017

Twinbrook Library to close...again

After a $1 million dollar renovation, and a six-month closure, the Twinbrook Library will close again. Due to a major plumbing problem affecting the bathrooms, the library will close from September 2-6, 2017 for repairs - just as students will be returning to school and needing the library.

This is the second library in Montgomery County to develop serious plumbing problems after a "refresh" renovation. The Little Falls Library in Bethesda suffered extensive water damage after a pipe burst during its "refresh" closure late last year, severely delaying the reopening of that library.

17 comments:

  1. BB reported this six days ago, without the useless kvetching.

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    1. Yeah, and also without the important context of botched library projects recently in Montgomery County. Probably why they were hand-delivered the story to ensure positive vibes in the resulting article. Not so here, where readers know they'll get the real story. Thanks for reminding us, old sport!

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    2. What would you have done differently to avoid botching these recent library projects, Robert?

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  2. Pretty sure the kids don't need the library over labor day weekend. I will be open by the second day of school.

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    1. Doesn't really matter anyway - there are no tests, and grades are on a mega curve in MCPS, which has been in decline since 2010.

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    2. OK, *now* you're just purely kvetching. Appreciate the news on the library; gratuitous slaps on the school system, not so much.

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    3. 11:57: Just three statements of fact, not opinion.

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    4. 1) "[T]here are no tests...in MCPS."

      2) "Grades are on a mega curve in MCPS."

      3) "MCPS...has been in decline since 2010."

      Not a single one of these is a "statement of fact".

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    5. 1) "[T]here are no tests...in MCPS."

      2) "Grades are on a mega curve in MCPS."

      How can there be a "mega curve", or indeed any curve, if "there are no tests"?

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  3. The $1 million renovation (completed 19 months ago) focused on interior finishes. The problem this time is with a sewer pipe under the building. To imply that replacing the carpet should have somehow prevented a plumbing problem 1.5 years later is just silly.

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    1. They spent $1 million just on interior finishes. I suspect Burt Macklin, FBI would like to look into that one.

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    2. Have you contacted Mr. Macklin or anyone else at the FBI, to report your concerns? They're not psychic, you know.

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    3. For someone who's been writing about interior "fit-outs" for 11 years or whatever, you don't seem very familiar with the associated costs. $1 million for finishes & fixtures in a space like this is not unreasonable at all.

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    4. 12:06: The County DEP refers to "fit-outs" all the time on permits, and $1 million is indeed outrageous for interior finishes.

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    5. Industry ProfessionalSeptember 5, 2017 at 12:19 PM

      To claim that $1 million is an "outrageous" figure only indicates a lack of experience with such projects. This was more than paint & carpet. They reconfigured spaces, renovated the public bathrooms, added security & access control...the list goes on. $1 million is actually quite reasonable considering all they achieved. Further, the current problem with the sewer line is completely unrelated.

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  4. The library will reopen on Friday and Robert Dyer's useless kvetching will be long-forgotten.

    Or never even read in the first place.

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    1. It was very well read, because people are shocked that all of the library renovations are having problems, requiring massive delays or expensive do-overs.

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