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Milwaukee County facade inspections scheduled to wrap up in August (VIDEO)

Crews from Dawes Crane Rental of Wisconsin LLC, Milwaukee, and Price Erecting Co., Milwaukee, take another concrete panel off the east side of the ODonnell Park parking garage facade in Milwaukee on Thursday. Removal of the panel was recommended as a safety precaution. A 15-year-old boy was killed June 24 when a similar part of the facade fell off the ODonnell structure. (Photo by David La Haye)

Crews from Dawes Crane Rental of Wisconsin LLC, Milwaukee, and Price Erecting Co., Milwaukee, remove a concrete panel off the east side of the O'Donnell Park parking garage facade in Milwaukee on Thursday. Removal of the panel was recommended as a safety precaution. (Photo by David La Haye)

By Joe Yovino

An engineering firm hired by Milwaukee County has checked nearly 40 structures in the wake of the June 24 partial collapse of the O’Donnell Park parking structure in Milwaukee.

And there’s many more to come.

Graef-USA Inc., Milwaukee, has been contracted for $300,000 by the county to perform emergency inspections on the facades of more than 100 county buildings, said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

The move came as a result of last month’s incident at O’Donnell Park’s garage where a 13-ton concrete panel fell and killed a 15-year-old Greenfield boy.

“The problems that appear to have come to light are things that would not have been readily available with a sight inspection, short of knowing what to look for,” Walker said during a press conference Friday.

The inspections, some of which are being performed by X-ray, are on track to be finished by early August, Walker said. Overall reports on the inspections will follow shortly after, Walker said.

So far, few problems have arisen out of the inspections, which includes about three dozen buildings, mostly in county parks, Walker said. The facades of 18 structures were inspected on Tuesday and Wednesday in addition to the 17 that were inspected on Thursday, Walker added. Six facades were scheduled to be inspected on Friday.

“There’s a wide range in the size of the structures, which is why some take more time than others,” Walker said.

Graef-USA Inc. has hired 10 subcontractors to assist with the inspections. They are: Bloom Companies LLC, Milwaukee; Briohn Building Corp., Brookfield; Engberg Anderson Inc., Milwaukee; James G. Otto Architect LLC, Hubertus; K. Singh & Associates Inc., Elm Grove; Kahler Slater Inc., Milwaukee; Spann & Associates LLC, Milwaukee; Pujara, Wirth, Torke Inc., Elm Grove; Quorum Architects Inc., Milwaukee; and Z & S LLC, Portage.

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