COLUMBIA — The bricks outside the new City Hall are supposed to be red, but many of them are covered with a white residue.
Jill Stedem, spokeswoman for the Columbia Public Works Department, said the contractor for the $22 million addition to City Hall is responsible and fixing the problem and that it won't be at the city's expense.
John Stafford, project manager with K & S Associates of St. Louis, said he's not sure what is causing the white residue on the red bricks but said it might be caused by the sealer that was used.
Sealer is a protective coating that goes on the bricks to give it a glossy look, Stafford said. The bricks will be power-washed on Monday to clean them so that the manufacturer of the sealer will be able to run tests to determine whether the sealer is causing the problem.
The bricks that do not have white residue are probably those that have not been sealed yet, Stafford said. "We are not going to do any more sealing until we find out what's creating the condition."