WASHINGTON — After being inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the subsequent mold infestation that ensued, the St. Bernard Parish Courthouse is finally free of mold, according to the Times-Picayune.
Shortly after workers returned to the Great Depression-era structure following the retreat of floodwaters, they were again displaced when elevated mold levels were found in the walls and air ducts, the story stated.
Aside from the mold remediation, the $12.5 million project includes a complete, wall-to-wall modernization and restoration effort to marry the efficiency of modernity with that of aesthetic antiquity, the story noted.
Parish President Craig Taffaro said: "The mold remediation took a lot more time than we had hoped, and we discovered a few more areas that needed to be addressed along the way," Taffaro said.
"It''s one of these things that we can''t skimp on ... Because then everything around it ends up being sacrificed."
The yearlong project is slated for completion on December 21, 2011, the story added.
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