August 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Blasting is done, all parcels have been acquired, and dirt has begun moving on the site of the future $9.3-million, 39,000-square-foot Montgomery Township Recreation and Community Center at Stump and Horsham roads.
Township Manager Larry Gregan said Monday night that the site has been graded to the subgrade level for contractor E.R. Steubner to begin installing the foundation and piers on the perimeter. E.R. Steubner will also be installing a 12-inch loop water main, in about a week, he said.
“All underground rock removal activities – the blating – went very well. There were no complaints from anywhere. It went very smoothly,” Gregan reported to the board Monday. “From there, we will proceed with the sanitary sewer installation (by E.R. Steubner). All underground stormwater installation will then be completed.”
By early October, the goal is to have steel erected on the site.
“That’s when you’ll really start seeing progress on the facility,” Gregan said.
Everything is moving along well with the contractors, he said, but there were some issues.
“Our construction representative is working out the issues as they come up,” he said. “We are moving on target.”
Gregan said there was a delay to the start of the project.
“The contractor believes they can pick the time up. Our goal is for the building to be enclosed for the winter by the end of December,” he said.
Gilmore & Associates is starting work on the design of a spray park and disabilities-accessible playground.
“We look to get them under contract once grading is complete,” he said.
The township is also receiving resumes from “excellent candidates” for consideration for the manager of the recreation center, Gregan said.
When all is said and done, the recreation center will have two full-size basketball courts; a suspended walking track on the second floor; multipurpose rooms for meetings, programs and events; classrooms; youth lounge; a lounge/cafe; and a weight/cardio room on the interior. The exterior is designed with a pavilion, spray park/tot lot, basketball court, and a Montgomery County Public Library Bookmobile station.
The project is funded by $7,875,250 in bonds and $1.497 million from the capital reserve fund. Last year, the township increased its indebtedness by $8.745 million through a bond sale. It also refunded a $5.5 million general obligation bond from 2012.