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Workers Use Radar to Identify Jacksonville Arena Construction Issues

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News is continuing our investigation into construction issues at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. 

On Wednesday, the city informed us that Turner Construction, the original builder, had subcontractors at the arena trying to determine the extent of the missing brick ties.  We saw two workers on the roof.

We wanted to get video of the inspection, but by the time the city came down and gave us access to the arena, the workers were already gone.

We were able to get video of where they may have been working, so we emailed Turner Construction to find out exactly what the workers were doing, and if they have any results yet.

Chris McFadden with Turner Construction wrote us back.  Here's what he said: 

"Since we were made aware of issues at the arena, we have worked diligently and cooperatively with the City of Jacksonville to identify their scope and develop a plan to remedy the situation. As part of that effort, earlier today, tests were conducted utilizing ground penetrating radar on the arena exterior brick walls. These tests did not provide sufficient clarity, so additional inspections will be conducted with a telescoping camera to determine the existing conditions of the interior wall. We will continue to work with our partners and the design and engineering firms in resolving any design, maintenance or workmanship issues that are identified."

A city engineer told us inspectors overlooked missing brick ties during the original construction.

Contractors will continue to try to figure out the extent of the construction problems.


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