BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coming from the second-floor main lobby (just outside of our fabulous new library!) of the municipal complex this week, this week’s project update includes having the glass wall and railing along the main entryway almost complete. Some of the other work done this past week included: final painting and finishing of millwork, detail work, fireproofing, carpeting in main entryway, landscaping in the back of the building and prepping to build the retaining wall. We passed the state inspection this week for the boiler, which was a big hurdle to overcome. Schindler, the elevator company, finished their elevator pre-testing, but the state inspector did not show up as expected on Friday to inspect the device. We are hoping the inspector shows up next week, since our temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) is contingent upon passing that inspection. 

Once we receive that TCO, we can instruct our furniture vendors to start mobilizing and bring in any new furniture ordered for the building, which needs to be assembled. During this time, the phone vendor will come in and install the phones, based on furniture layout. We will also work to coordinate moving our existing furniture and employees into the new building before Epic, the construction company, begins abatement and demolition of our existing buildings. There are many moving parts to this entire process, so if we hit a delay or snag on one item, it has the potential to cause a significant domino effect. But we keep pushing and pushing; we’re almost there!

For the week ending November 20, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers. 
  • EUC substantially prepped for the east side retaining wall, completed the grass pavers on the north side, spread remaining topsoil, and prepped for top coat asphalt paving. 
  • Schindler Elevator continued pretesting ahead of inspection. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed miscellaneous HVAC work and began demobilization. 
  • Epic Interiors adjusted doors and hardware, patched ceilings, substantially completed the thresholds and door saddles, and replaced drywall, taped, and spackled at Stair #2. 
  • Mehl Electric installed security and electrical finishes, wired for motorized shades, completed the elevator shunt trip, and adjusted site lighting. 
  • Fine Painting continued touchups and final painting, and began finish painting at Stair #2. 
  • 18 Glass began installing the glass rail system at the 2nd floor. 
  • All American Surfaces substantially completed the carpeting in the Council Meeting Room and the walk off mat at the main entrance. 
  • Epic Millwork continued floor base and chair rail, and hung the doors for the Council Room. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast performed miscellaneous exterior caulking. 
  • Material Distributors began installation of the rest room partitions on the Lower Level. 
  • Griffith Shades began installation of the motorized shades on the 2nd floor. 
  • Central Jersey Landscaping performed miscellaneous mulching and seeding. 
  • United Prison Equipment hung the detention area doors and Cornerstone installed the hardware.