- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Bad weather has been hampering work on the Tupelo Police Department’s new headquarters.

The same storms that brought weeks of rain to the area have also created delays in completing the $10 million, 34,000-square-foot building.

West Brothers Construction project supervisor Jim Shackelford tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1R0WSAf) that rain has delayed work on masonry, roofing and bricking. He said inside work is progressing.

Openings have been temporarily covered with plastic to reduce the effect of weather on the interior.

The city broke ground on the project in April.

Inside the building, workers are installing the metal stud walls as well as ducting for the mechanical systems. Additional crews are working on the electrical and plumbing systems. As many as 60 workers from different crews could be working on the site each day as the pace of construction picks up.

The first 10 weeks of the project were dedicated to giving the two-story building a stable foundation. In mid-June, the concrete pillars began to rise from the ground, and anyone driving past the site could see rapid changes. By July, crews started pouring the concrete floors, starting during the early morning hours to avoid the heat of the Mississippi summer. By the end of October, the second floor and concrete roof had been poured, along with the small third floor in the center of the building that will house the heating and cooling system and other mechanical systems.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com


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