Winnipeg Police Service orders engineering study for headquarters

The Canadian Press
June 27, 2017
By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — An engineering study has been ordered by the Winnipeg Police Service after a leaky pipe in their new downtown headquarters forced a precautionary move of prisoners, vehicles and some staff out of the building.

Around 10 prisoners were transferred to a district police station late last week after flaking concrete found in the parking garage led to the discovery of rusting metal supports.

Constable Rob Carver, a police spokesman, says the staff and vehicles were moved after water was discovered coming through a ceiling panel.

The problem was traced to a hot water feed pipe that started leaking after an anchor holding it in place failed.

Carver says the damage is modest and the leaky pipe doesn't appear to be the result of a structural defect in the building.

A section of the parking level above where the flaking started has been taped off to restrict traffic.

Although the building is equipped with extensive backup features, there was concern the leak was coming from cooling lines to the building's computer systems, sparking the rapid movement of prisoners and equipment.

Deficiencies have surfaced since the building opened last June, including design flaws in part of the heating and ventilation system that have made the firearms lab unusable.

The City of Winnipeg says in an emailed statement that it's aware of the issues and is assessing the volume of work needed to correct the problem.

The police headquarters project has already gone millions of dollars over budget and is currently the focus of an RCMP investigation.

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