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Some salvage possible after Glenhaven fire

By LeAnn R. Ralph

GLENWOOD CITY —  When a substantial portion of a $9.7 million construction project is destroyed by fire, is it possible to salvage any of it?

As it turned out, some portions of the new buildings at Glenhaven were able to be salvaged after the fire on January 14, 2014.

To find out what could be saved, Glenhaven Inc.’s insurance company, West Bend Mutual, hired Donan Engineering out of Louisville, Kentucky, to assess the damage.

Two different engineers looked at the structural and the electrical parts of the project.

The report from Donan Engineering was dated May 9, 2014.

The engineer who assessed the electrical, John L. Peterson, noted in his report that “most of the remaining electrical equipment shows evidence of water intrusion. Corrosion was found on some components.”

Peterson recommended that the manufacturers of the electrical equipment should inspect what remained and recertify the equipment if it could be recertified.

“Some equipment may only require minor repairs. If the manufacturer cannot recertify any of the equipment, it should be replaced,” Peterson wrote.

According to David Prissel, Glenhaven administrator, the manufacturer was not able to recertify any of the remaining electrical, and everything was replaced.


Michael J. Roach of Donan Engineering said in his report that portions of masonry walls could be salvaged.

Some of the lower-level brick and masonry walls suffered from what is known as “efflorescence,” which is salt deposits in the brick or masonry that migrate to surface after the concrete or brick has been wet.

The efflorescence could be cleaned with a diluted acidic solution, Roach wrote.

A crack in a concrete floor slab also could be repaired, and after repair, would not be expected to have an impact on a floor finish, he said.

Masonry elevator shafts could be repaired as well by removing cracked or otherwise damaged sections, and spalled, cracked or broken precast concrete beams should be removed and replaced, Roach wrote.

Repairing the damaged portions of the cast-in-place concrete foundation and walls would require saw cutting and removing the damaged areas of the wall, he said.

According to Prissel, the efflorescence was cleaned and a couple of places needed to be repaired and tuck pointed.

The crack in the floor was repaired too, and the elevator shaft was partially removed and replaced, Prissel said.

Damaged areas on the concrete foundation walls were saw cut, removed and repoured as well, he said.

After the fire on January 14, clean up of the site began on April 10, 2014, and construction started again in June.

The original plan had been to move residents into the new Glenhaven in June of 2014.

Because of the construction delay, residents moved into their new home on April 21 of this year.