Basrah Courthouse Construction and Basrah Courthouse Witness Protection Facility, Basrah, Iraq: Sustainment Assessment
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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On 6 January 2009, SIGIR performed an on-site assessment of the Basrah Courthouse and Witness Protection Facility. Due to security concerns, time on site was restricted to 90 minutes therefore, SIGIR performed an expedited assessment. On 25 September 2008, Gulf Region South inspected and accepted both facilities from the contractor. The inspection resulted in an eight-page punch list each previously identified deficiency was marked as done. However, a final inspection report was not written, and no photographs were taken to document the condition of the project when accepted from the contractor. SIGIR determined that the government-furnished design for the spiral staircase contained an error the overhead clearance between the steps and the ceiling was not sufficient. Based on SIGIRs review of the architectural drawings, it appears that the designs did not take into account the loss in headroom caused by the false ceiling installation. This problem was most likely caused by a combination of designer oversight and small changes in construction. SIGIR determined that this error is a significant hazard to people using the stairs and should be addressed. SIGIR identified minor construction deficiencies, such as electrical wiring not in conduit and poorly constructed expansion joints in the courthouse building and the hallway connecting to the witness protection facility. The exterior plaster finish of the expansion joints displayed cracking and crumbling. Also, there was only one cold water line leading into the laundry facility, but two were required. SIGIR noticed that there was no vent system for the dryers to remove the hot air from the room. Without a dryer-vent system, this room will become extremely hot, especially during the summer months. Aside from these minor construction issues, SIGIR concluded that the construction of the Basrah Courthouse and Witness Protection Facility was adequate.
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