SOUTHINGTON - Construction of the townâ€™s new senior center is on schedule, with completion expected by March, says Town Councilor Paul Champagne, amember of the Calendar House Building Committee.
The project is on budget, said Champagne of the new $9.4 million building that will replace the current senior center.
â€śIt is looking like it will open before March 20,â€ť he said. â€śWe are now starting the roofing and the mechanicals inside and the sprinkler system is almost complete. The partition work is done.â€ť
Champagne said the next phase of the project is going to be installing the plumbing and electrical systems, then the sheetrock.
Within a month of the new buildingâ€™s completion, demolition of the current senior center will begin.
â€śI would think by April we will have ripped it down and weâ€™ll have more parking space,â€ť he said.
Overall, Champagne said, the construction is going â€śvery wellâ€ť and the committee is pleased with the work of the KBE Building Corp., the contractor.
â€śRight now we still have not cut anything out of the original plan,â€ť said Champagne, who noted that senior center users had given the committee a list of features they would like to see in their new building.
â€śUnless we run into any major problems it doesnâ€™t look like weâ€™re going to have to do any value engineering,â€ť Champagne said.
Champagne said efforts were taken to blend the color scheme of the builing with the rest of the neighborhood so it would not stick out.
The final bid for the project, which covers furniture, fittings and equipment, will go before the council this week.
â€śWe have purposefully picked what we want for equipment as the budget allows,â€ť he said. â€śWe can always add equipment, but we donâ€™t have a blank check. Right now we have to be as frugal as we can with town money.â€ť
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