MISA skylight leaks again
GREENWICH — A skylight in the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center that has leaked repeatedly did so again after the rainstorm on New Year’s Eve.
But contractors might have found a solution to the problem, officials said Friday.
The skylight has leaked for almost a year, one of several water problems in the three-year-old building, including a part on a water heating line that malfunctioned in December. Officials temporarily shut down the music building after that incident caused part of the space to flood, and limited access to the nearby gym, which also was damaged, for six to eight weeks.
Those and other problems have prompted some town officials to question maintenance and construction at the facility, officially the Music Instructional Space and Auditorium, and question who is responsible.
A representative of Cherry Hill Glass Co., the company subcontracted by Silktown Roofing Co., itself a subcontractor on the project, to handle installation of the skylight, responded to the most recent leak, Silktown Office Manager John Morrissey said.
“They are hopeful, maybe not confident, that they’ve found something that they corrected,” he said. “They are waiting now for the next rain event to see if they were successful in stopping the last leak.”
Greenwich Public Schools Facilities Director Dan Watson said subcontractors believe they have found a possible source and have made some “remedial repairs.”
“The site will be monitored for potential issues and to confirm the source of the leak,” Watson said.
The school district’s Facilities Department, MISA Building Committee members, and contractors and subcontractors have been working on the leak, and analyzing what caused the vibration coupling on the hot water line to break on Dec. 12, officials said.
A representative from Cherry Hill Glass Co., based in Branford, could not be reached for comment. The company did not give Morrissey more details, he said.
Building officials first noticed the leak more than a year ago. The skylight was last repaired in April, MISA Building Committee Chair Joe Ross said in December.
But the the problem restarted after heavy rains in December, Ross said.
Silktown Roofing, based in Manchester, Conn., visited the Performing Arts Center repeatedly while workers tried to determine the source of the persistent roofing leaks.
“Before (the leak) was identified to be a skylight, we were there many times, flood-testing the roof, making sure it wasn’t work done by our people,” Morrissey said.