HAMPSTEAD – Work on the new police station is ready to resume, after the Police Station Building Committee determined that the list of places where savings could be achieved was sufficient to allow construction to continue. The building plans remain unchanged, and the savings areas will go to the full Board of Selectmen for approval.
The construction project hit a major snag when far more ledge was discovered than was anticipated. A total of 2,000 yards of ledge had to be removed, far more than what the test pits had indicated, leaving the project in a financial hole.
Committee Chairman Steve Londrigan said at the time that while it was a serious financial setback, the committee remained confident they could proceed with altering the floor plan.
At last week’s meeting, he said, “We are so fortunate to have general contractor Gary Chicone and architect Kyle Barker because both of them are doing everything they can to work things out and are working with us figuring out ways to reduce costs to meet this financial setback without having to change the building plan. We have come up with a list of changes where we can scale back that will make it possible for us to do it without having to change the building plan or do without any necessary equipment or furniture.”
The list of changes went to the selectmen for approval, and he emphasized that it is a financial decision the selectmen must approve. The changes involve the interior.
“We are still doing site work but not things like pouring cement that would be affected by weather,” Londrigan said. “We intend to start framing within the next two weeks. I feel much better after looking at the figures once the changes and adjustments are implemented. We will be scaling back on some things but in the end we will still have a good, high quality product.”
Among the changes decided upon by the contractor, architect and committee to bring the police building construction back into budget are:
• Elimination of the sprinkler system, although it will be plumbed so it can be added in the future;
• Elimination of hand dryers, replaced with paper towels;
• Elimination of the flagpole, with the decision to use the one at the current station;
• Deletion of several construction items deemed unnecessary;
• Vinyl tile instead of carpet tile;
• Changes to interior door type;
• Use of less efficient furnace (85 percent efficient rather than 92 percent efficient);
• Propane rather than electric water heater;
• Deletion of generator;
• Minor construction material changes.
The total savings would amount to $135,000 and get the project back on track.