The school district will spend nearly $400,000 to fit Burbank High
School’s new tennis courts with a waterproofing system after the
heavy rains leaked water onto vehicles parked in the lower parking
lot, causing just nearly $5,000 in damage.
The waterproofing membrane was omitted during the school’s
renovation and construction for budgetary reasons. But lime deposit
damage to the vehicles and water leaking into the stairwells prompted
the Burbank Unified School Board to take action.
“It’s a real disappointment but we just have to do what we can to
get things to where they should be,” said board clerk Debbie Kukta,
whose son’s car was minimally damaged by the water, which contained
lime deposits from cement.
Damage to the vehicles was minimal and the district paid the
claims filed. But news of water leaking into the stairwells during
the rain is a slip hazard, which concerned board members who approved
the bid with a vote of 5-0 on July 21.
When the school was under construction, the facilities management
team decided to remove the waterproofing membrane from the project
but the action was not approved by the school board, Craig Jellison,
chief facilities officer said.
“When the budget was put together it was more expensive than it
was thought,” he said.
The facilities team, which is no longer with the district, did
what Jellison referred to as “value engineering” and left out the
membrane, gaining a $465,000 credit. The cost now of putting an
elastic-meric, oil-based waterproofing system directly onto the
concrete of the tennis courts is still below what the previous
waterproofing membrane would have cost.
Funds for the project will come from the district’s $5-million
reserve contingency fund. District officials said the project will be
completed by September.