With interest I read about the cracked paving stone, crumbling stairs, a leak in a glass roof and underground water sloshing against the subterranean parking from the library.
As a retired consulting engineer, I am familiar with such building problems. Resolving them costs time and money. The library administrators had to hire an independent consulting engineer to control the plans. A liaison between contractors and clients was not enough for a complicated building like the library. I couldn't believe that "the underground water was known before the parking was built and will require capital improvement." That is putting the cart before the horse.
Ms. Saxton is right with her questions about the construction.
Salt Lake City