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  • The return of the fountains at the Rousseau Centre is one of the upgrades after a yearlong, $2 million project. (Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:00 am

Rousseau fountains flowing after 6 years


Just in time for some of the hotter days this summer, the fountains in front of the Edwin J. Rousseau Centre in downtown Fort Wayne are once again serving as a refreshing sight for passers-by.

That's after about six years of being turned off to repair problems that led to water leaking into the center's basement under its southward-facing plaza, said Mike Green, public information officer for Allen County.

Green said Monday the fountains were back in service to stay after they were tested several times last week.

The restart capped a $2 million, yearlong project that repaired and upgraded most of the plaza.

The project involved demolishing the concrete stands, replacing the flat roof under the plaza and installing a membrane, reworking drainage, replacing the pavers and restoring the fountains.

To complete the overhaul of the two fountains, each of which has six spray nozzles and holds about 6,500 gallons of water, two new pumps and two new filter systems were installed.

New coping was installed around each fountain as a way of accenting the new pavers.

Vance Hernandez, Allen County director of building and grounds, said the project was designed by architects at Martin Riley of Fort Wayne. General contractor CME, subcontractors and the county's maintenance team worked on the restoration.

The north-side plaza is set for work next spring, Green said.

That project would include adding new pavers, replacing the roof underneath the pavers and some landscaping.

Fort Wayne, the Plaza Condo Association and Arts United will collaborate on a design to better connect The Landing project on the west side of the center to the newly designated Arts United campus on the east side, Green said.

He said cost projections are not yet available.