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Sablich Center repairs on track

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, MISS. -- Hurricane Katrina repairs to Sablich Center are about 37 percent complete as the project continues to move toward its April completion target.

The $6,265,739 project began in May and repairs damage caused by water intrusion from the roof and windows.

"The contractor is working installation of the fire suppression/alarm system and finishing the roof, which is constructed of polyolefin-based thermoplastic membrane that's heat weldable," said Quentin Hardage of the 81st Civil Engineer Squad-ron's program management office. "Remaining roof work includes final cleanup, additional seam adhesive application, additional flashing and outside trim.

"Now that the roofing work is almost complete, installation of sheetrock walls has begun," Mr. Hardage continued. "Mold abatement has been completed, and installation of gypsum wallboard used for interior partition walls should begin on the first floor soon."

Fire suppression piping installation continues on the first floor, and the system's installation rough-in is finished on the second floor, except for fire wall penetrations.
Interior restoration on the second floor continues as well.

Bob Moseley, who heads the PMO office, said that about 50 percent of the building's furniture is salvageable and will be cleaned and re-sorted for use.

The new chiller and air handling unit for heating, ventilation and air conditioning won't arrive until the end of June, but this shouldn't delay the move-in date for the building, according to Mr. Moseley.