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Brief: Four Months Before Legislative Complex Is Mold-Free, Official Says

Aug. 1, 2006 — The mold remediation project at the St. Croix Legislative Complex in Frederiksted is currently in its second phase but may take another four months to complete, according to the Legislature's Executive Director Larry Bryan.
When contacted Tuesday, Bryan said it may take four to five weeks to rid each of the complex's four floors of mold. "Everything's going pretty well right now, though," he said. "So it may be done more quickly than we estimated."
He explained that the roof of the complex, riddled with leaks, has already been sealed by Rooftops, contracted to do the first phase of the project. "We considered that to be the source of our moisture problem," Bryan said. "Then the crew from Environmental Concepts Inc. started yesterday with the mold remediation work on the top floor of one of the buildings, and they'll be removing the ceiling tiles and air conditioning ducts. They'll also be coming in and using a biocide to kill the mold in the building."
Caribbean Cooling Inc., a third contractor, will be brought in to replace the air conditioning ducts once the mold has been eliminated, Bryan said.
In the meantime, senators whose offices are on the top floor of the main building have been relocated, according to a recent press release sent by Sen. Lorraine L. Berry.
According to the release:
–Sen. Usie R. Richards' office is now in the complex's second building, in the Visiting Senators' Office.
–Sen. Craig W. Barshinger is sharing space with Sen. Pedro "Pete" Encarnacion in Building II.
–Sen. Terrence "Positive" Nelson's office is now in Building I, where the V.I. Housing Finance Authority is located.
–Berry is sharing the office of the Legislature's Executive Director.
Some central staff offices have also been temporarily relocated.
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