Valdosta Daily Times

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July 15, 2014

Resurfacing scheduled for South Georgia Medical Center’s sinking driveway

VALDOSTA — Resurfacing has been scheduled for an area of pavement next to the Dasher Heart Center that began to sink shortly after the building was completed.

The Dasher Heart Center and Patient Tower was opened in August 2013 as a $64 million addition to South Georgia Medical Center.

After construction was completed, an area of pavement on Slater Street near the building began to sink, said Laura Love, South Georgia Medical Center’s director of community relations.

“The area was excavated and tested, re-compacted, and all structural systems were evaluated,” said Love. “It was determined there were no primary areas of concern.”

For the past two months, the area has been backfilled, tested and observed without any indication of further soil displacement, said Love.

“The area of drive is scheduled for resurfacing in the next two weeks,” said Love.

The soil displacement was likely caused by water damage, said Love, who also said soil displacement did not occur directly underneath the Dasher Heart Center or any other location.

Two broken windows in the building are believed to be a manufacturer’s defect or an installation issue that is covered under a manufacturer’s warranty, said Love.

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