Even Moose Jaw’s new hospital is feeling the shock of the extreme cold temperatures reached over the weekend.
Buckets are collecting dripping water in the main entryway of the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital – which opened in Nov. 2015.
The hospital said minor water damage in a number of spots along the glass perimeter of the main atrium was most likely caused by the weekend’s extreme cold temperatures.
The hospital said building contractors and engineers have been asked to help determine the cause of the problem.
Jim Allen, the vice-president of environmental services, ruled out a leaky roof.
“We had a small amount of water dripping last spring in the same area of the building and at that time we worked with our local roofing contractor to undertake a thorough inspection of the roof,” he said in a news release.
“The inspection found the roof to be water-tight which was confirmed when we had no leaks in those areas through the wet summer. Because we’ve done that investigation and there has been virtually no snow accumulation on the roof we’re quite certain a leak in the roof isn’t the cause of the water we’re experiencing.”
Allen said he believes the problem to be the vapor barrier letting warm air in the building condensate and freeze, creating ice on the structure that then thawed with the sudden warmup.
“Our maintenance team will be working with our building contractors and engineers to identify the source of the problem and implement a solution as soon as possible,” Allen said.
The leaks have not disrupted services, normal operations or patient care at the hospital.