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  • County undertakes investigation of Legal Services Building Façade

    Aug 14, 2019 | Read More News
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    File: Legal Services BuildingThe Pima County Facilities Management Department this month will launch an extensive investigation into the condition of the exterior of the Legal Services Building, 32 N. Stone Ave., following several instances where pieces of the building's terra cotta brick façade became dislodged and fell off. No injuries resulted on any occasion.

    The work will begin August 17 with construction of protective scaffolding along the sidewalks on Stone Avenue and Congress Street as well as above the patio of the Nook restaurant. On August 26, consultant WJE Engineers and Architects and contractor Lloyd Construction will commence examination of the façade, focusing on the building's west and south sides.

    "The safety of the public and our staff and contractors is our top priority," Facilities Management Director Lisa Josker said. "Any bricks that are found to be unstable will be removed. Bricks that show cracks but no sign of coming loose will be marked for appropriate repair at a later date."

    Built in the 1960s and designed by Tucson architect Lew Place, the 20-story skyscraper originally served as the headquarters of Home Federal Savings and Loan. The County acquired the property in 1987.

    Once the examination is complete Facilities Management will set another date for rehabilitation of the façade, with priority given to areas adjacent to nearby pedestrian and parking areas.

    Access to the Legal Services Building will remain unimpeded at all times during the project. Safety signage will advise pedestrians how best to make their way into, out of and past the building. The easternmost lane of Stone Avenue will close temporarily when work takes place on that side of the building.