July 4, 2014 at 2:09 AM
The new Lansdale Municipal Complex project, under construction at present at Vine and Broad streets, is on target to be completed by Labor Day 2015, announced borough Administration and Finance Committee Chairman Denton Burnell at borough council's Wednesday work session.
Burnell said Director of Community Development John Ernst updated the committee on progress of the project.
"The vast majority of concrete block wall is nearly complete, and the framework is nearly complete," Burnell said. "Next, they will join it to the existing building. Then, they will begin to remove the plaza in front of where the original borough hall was."
Burnell said the "ugly" pile of concrete heaped next to borough hall is all part of the design.
"To comply with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification ... one of the things they are doing is taking all the stone and concrete and crushing it on-site to reuse it in regrading that area," Burnell said. "Because borough hall is at a higher elevation, they will use it to level it out."
According to its website, LEED is "a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design."
Concrete and cement products can boost a LEED rating. For instance, a building can get two LEED points for using 10 percent to 20 percent of recycled content. LEED makes the building owner look good on an environmental scale; it also brings energy savings and cost benefits over the life of the building.
Contractor Gordon H. Baver Inc. of Pennsburg is overseeing the $10.9 million project. When completed, the old borough hall will have its three exterior walls preserved and incorporated into a new administration complex and police station. The old police station, which was the former Lansdale Library, will be demolished once the new station is operational. A parking area will be constructed in its place.
Burnell said Wednesday that construction crews will complete the stair tower to the top floor in the near future.
"This will allow workers to use the tower, rather than ladders up and down onto the second floor," he said. "They will then pour concrete on the second floor."
By mid-July 2015, Lansdale Police could be moving into its new headquarters. It will take until about the end of August to demolish the old station, add the new parking lot, and move administration into its new digs.
"The overall goal is for Labor Day 2015 completion," Burnell said.
Council is set to approve or deny on July 16 a $480,000 payment to Gordon Baver Inc. for its work on the project.