MAJOR STATE OFFICE BUILDING CLOSED AGAIN FOR PLUMBING PROBE
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 16, 2018...Two months after a broken water pipe forced the closure of the McCormack Building at One Ashburton Place, the 22-story state office building was shut down again on Friday due to plumbling problems.
Hundreds of workers are based out of the tower adjacent to the State House that houses dozens of state agencies including the attorney general's office and a Massachusetts Lottery office.
An early morning state memo did not advise agencies about alternate work arrangements for employees for Friday, but said the building is closed to staff.
In the email, Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAMM) Facility Manager Parrish Rossi said that "pipe issues" began late Thursday, causing backup and drainage issues. The problem was isolated to a pipe on the third floor of the parking garage that needed to be uncapped to diagnose the situation, requiring a complete water shutdown to the building overnight.
State officials and contractors are working Friday to address the problem, but in the meantime DCAMM closed the building to all staff and visitors, and the daycare center has also been closed for the day.
Rossi also said the third and fourth floors of the parking garage will also be closed, and employees, including those who work in the State House but park in the McCormack building garage, should find alternate parking or use public transportation.
DCAMM hopes to reopen the building by Monday.
A broken water pipe at One Ashburton Place forced the state office building to close on Wednesday, Jan. 3 so crews could make repairs.
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