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City of Saratoga SpringsDepartment of Public WorksAnthony “Skip” Scirocco, Commissioner of Public WorksContact: 518-587-3550 ext 2556Aug 7, 2019
City Hall Progress Update:
I wanted to provide an update to the council and public on the progress on the City Hall reconstruction project. The reconstruction phase started approximately five weeks ago following the completion of the asbestos abatement phase. The general construction, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractors have all started their work in the building. The demolition portion is nearly completed, and while there have been some unforeseen circumstances so far, nothing has been a major concern.
The directive to all contractors, engineers, architects, and construction managers has been to work together so that city operations can be moved back into city hall at the earliest possible date. As of this today the project is still operating under the two phases of completion as bid, with the ground and first floor completed for occupation by year’s end, and the remaining floors completed by March of next year. It is too early to provide any adjustment to this schedule.
The entryway vestibule and music hall finishes were two items pending approval by the Design Review Commission, so I suggested the creation of a City Hall Design Work Group to design changes for resubmission to DRC. This group consists of Sam Bosshart from the Preservation Foundation, Karen Cavotta from the DRC, Assistant City Engineer Deb Labreche, DPW Business Manager Mike Veitch, and John Hall from Clark Patterson Lee. The workgroup met for the first time last week and will schedule a few more meetings to create a package for submission to DRC.
There are a few logistical items to share, as well. A construction dumpster has been placed on Broadway, but it will be removed Fridays through Monday morning as to not interfere with weekend business. A 4x8 construction sign will be placed in the flowerbed in front of city hall to provide information to the public that the project is underway.
The two-hour lot at the corner of Maple Avenue and Lake Avenue will be closed for construction purposes. Contractors will be storing and staging materials, parking, and utilizing this lot as part of the project. This logistical information has been shared with the Downtown Business Association, Special Assessment District, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Convention Bureau, and the City Center.
In just under a year since the lightning strike, fire, and water damage, the construction phase is underway. I would like to again thank the council, and all city staff, who have worked together on this project to move it forward.
I’ll provide ongoing updates on City Hall at future council meetings, but for now, there has been great progress with the renovation project.
Anthony “Skip” Scirocco,Commissioner of Public Works
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