Curtis Hall work misses a step

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—It’s been one step forward, two steps back for rehab work at Curtis Hall, where city officials have twice demanded that a contractor redo allegedly faulty work on the new front stairs.

The $5 million renovation of the city community center at 20 South St. is still on track for an October reopening, according to Sandy Holden, a spokesperson for Boston Centers for Youth & Families. But, she said, the city twice made contractor G.V.W. Incorporated tear up and replace the new front steps.

“The City was not happy with the work the contractor did,” Holden said, describing mismatched concrete with air bubbles and water pooling.

Boston-based G.V.W. did not return a Gazette phone call.

The jackhammering of the brand new stairs drew the attention of several residents, who complained to the City and the Gazette. A City project manager already caught the problems with the stairs and ordered their reconstruction at no additional cost to the City, Holden said.

Holden said she is not aware of any other construction problems with the Curtis Hall work, which involves a total reworking of the historic building’s interior space. Its community center programming is currently based at English High School.