Construction Defects at Police Headquarters and Central Fire Station


Construction defect caused water damage

Lobby of Police and Fire Headquarters

Client: City of Burbank

Cause of Damage: Construction defect resulted in water infiltrations through the front wall/window panels of the lobby of the1999 building. Water settled in the wall structure and in the flooring resulting in extensive mold growth over the years.

Item Damaged: In order for the general contractor to rebuild the wall and access the inner structures, it was required to remove the 2 murals by Shoonhoven on each side of the entrance before demolishing the walls. While the GC was responsible for the project, our firm provided for the City of Burbank:

1. Expert evaluations and consultation to determine project needs before contract was let by City

2. Legal testimony counseling to avoid legal issues of artist’s rights.

3. Evaluations and planning with chosen GC

4. Perform preservation/conservation treatments on artwork/ murals

5. Help GC to maneuver project details to protect murals

6. Provide quality control to facilitate final approval by City and Insurance Representation.

Conservation Treatments: Preparatory protection of murals prior to removal, removal from site, transport to laboratory for treatments, insurance of asset during work/project, cleaning of artwork of mold and building materials, transportation, reinstallation

Removed mural ready for mold removal

Removed mural ready for mold removal

Mark Garrido, Project Manager for the General Contractor on the project posted the following on www.linkedin.com for Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.):

“Scott and his FACL staff of highly competent professional art conservators performed the critical salvage and restoration of a very valuable, irreplaceable historic mural in the main lobby of the Burbank, CA Police/Fire headquarters (as a sub to the general contractor for the City of Burbank). This restoration was a major component of a large water damage correction project that included replacement of the curtain wall system, stone flooring, planters and memorial monument in the middle of and surrounding the mural. Project scheduling was very tight and coordination critical and complex. Under Scott’s hands-on leadership, FACL’s restoration of the mural was flawless, their performance timely and seamless and their cooperation and team work exemplary. Without reservation, I give Scott and FACL my highest recommendation.”

Service Category: Art conservation. Year hired: 2009  Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

About Scott Haskins

Scott M. Haskins has been a professional art conservator since 1975. He is also author of "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster". He may be contacted at 805 564 3438
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