SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Town Council has approved the final 20 bids for the various construction elements in the new Senior Center being constructed to replace the Calendar House.
The new center at 388 Pleasant St. is currently under construction and will take approximately 18 months to complete. The modern facility, designed based on residents’ needs and a feedback survey, will replace a repurposed former jail building that had seen numerous additions over the years.
The town had released bid packages for each element of the construction project, such as plumbing or electrical and companies bid on one or more of them.
Additionally, the council approved the Arc of Southington to pursue a grant for an addition to their facility at 201 W. Main St. Sandy Amato, executive director, said that after 50 years their organization had outgrown the space. Arc of Southington is an advocacy organization that fights to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helps them to participate in their communities.
“We hope to double the size of our conference room, add six office spaces and ADA compliant restrooms,” said Amato. “We would also like to add 19 additional parking spaces by reconfiguring our current lot. We want to remain in Southington since we have been in this location for 50 years. We have been approved by Planning & Zoning and we are seeking grants from the Main Street Community Foundation and Joe & Kay Calvanese Foundation and we have the support of (state) Rep. John Fusco and (state) Sen. Joe Markley. We don’t know the total cost yet, but we should have bids out by the first two weeks in April.”
Councilor John Barry thanked Amato for the work that Arc does.
“You help so many people and I wish you good luck with finding adequate funding,” he said. “I know a lot of social services are being hit hard.”
The council also scheduled a public hearing on a proposed ethics code revision for their meeting May 8. The proposal would include a requirement for town volunteers to disclose their financial assets. This element met with protest from several Board of Education members at a meeting in January, who argued that that they could use their own judgment to avoid conflicts of interest and that the disclosure would discourage people from volunteering.
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Architectural woodwork went to National Cabinet and Millwork Installation, LLC of Meriden for $94,500.
Greenwood Industries, Inc. of Worchester, Mass. was approved for the roofing work for $407,000.
Daniels Caulking of South Windsor will do the joint protection work for $24,600.
Northeastern Engineering and Contracting Co. of Wilington will handle selective demolition and abatement for $126,500. Ronnie DeMeo Construction, Inc. of Rocky Hill will do the masonry work for $133, 389.
Wood windows work will be done by Oxford Limber of Oxford for $50,901.
Central Conn. Acoustics, Inc. of Wallingford will install acoustical ceilings for $65,733.
Southington Painting Company, LLC will do the painting for $52,928.
Doors, frames and hardware will be installed by Builders Hardware for $55,600.
JBR Glass & Construction, LLC will do glass, glazing and storefront work for $40,153.
Corbin-Hufcor, Inc. of Rockland, MA will handle operable partitions for $35,749.
Kitchen equipment will be installed by Singer Equipment Company of Mt. Laurel, NJ for $56,998.
HHS Mechanical Contractors of Manchester will put in the fire suppression systems for $77,000.
Hastie Fence C. of Agawam, MA, will install fences and gates for $23,450.
Landscape work will be done by F.E.B. Companies of Bloomfield for $81,000.
Plumbing work will be contracted to Eastern Energy Services, LLC. of Norwich for $347,250.
Performance Plumbing and Heating of Torrington will install HVAC for $422,000.
General trades work will be handled by Construction Specialties of New England of South Windsor for $38,260.
Lockers will be installed by SMJ One Call Facility Services of Billerica, MA, for $12,472.
Finally, interior signage work will be done by Sign Pro, Inc. of Plantsville for $20,113.