Phase I of the renovation of Crawford Town Hall was to be completed by Sept. 1. It's over due by a month.
The first phase included rehabilitating the windows and doors upstairs and downstairs.
Bruce Bair, public works director, in his report to the Crawford Town Council on Wednesday, Oct. 5, said he had spent six hours earlier that day inspecting each window and door for the punch list of items that need to be corrected. He told the council issues with the windows included not opening or hardly opening properly. "They'll get the notes and have time to fix them," Bair said, referring to the subcontractor.
He hopes that the contractor "will make every single window and door" as weather tight as possible. "I understand this is a historical project and they are old windows," Bair said.
Asked if the contractor was working on the windows and doors, Bair said he was supposed to be at town hall on Oct. 9, but that the contractor was coming on Oct. 15. The contractor is Chris Petralia of Common Ground Preservation.
Mayor Susie Steckel asked if Ridgway Valley Enterprises, the general contractor, needed to be contacted.
Bair believes the town needs to be more involved in the future phases of construction. "There has to be someone here from the town," Bair said. "Mike [Saville], the general contractor, has been up here for a couple of meetings, but he seems to be just turning the crews loose. I think there needs to be more supervision."
Jackie Savage, town clerk, commented, "There has definitely been a learning curve on Phase I. For Phase II we don't want them working here on weekends."
Savage said "it's incredibly unfair" that town staff are informed that a meeting is to take place later in the day at 4:30 p.m. Town staff leaves at 4 p.m. She said town staff needs 24-hour notice on meetings and the meetings need to be Monday through Friday.
"I think at the beginning of each stage, Mike Saville needs to be here," Savage said. She is also concerned about the lack of hearing and eye protection used by the work crews. For example, a crew member sawing concrete was not wearing a respirator. Savage had to run to close all the windows and doors so she would not have to breathe the concrete dust as well.
"So, safety has to be a contract issue in Phase II," Savage said.
Bair said, "In future phases our contract needs to be a little more detailed to protect the town and there needs to be more supervision."
Bair had put a punch list on virtually every window in the entire building. A review of the punch list items needed to be corrected on just the first floor windows included latches not secured, handles missing, weather-stripping needed between the upper and lower windows, wires are sticking out of the windows, window doesn't open, window only opens half-way, there are large gaps between the windows, weights don't hold the window open.
On Friday, Savage pointed out that there is a large gap between the double doors on the lower and upper levels. Right now, all the doors are exit only doors.
Chris Petralia of Common Ground Preservation said in a telephone interview on Oct. 5, that there is still three more days of work for the project. He said they will be "making everything look great."
He continued, "I have a whole list of stuff that I need to finish . . . I don't think everyone should be freaking out now, because we are not finished. That's the bottom line right there."
Petralia, who has been out of town, said there will be a meeting when he gets back. "We did have a meeting about two weeks ago, and we did talk about all that stuff. I pointed out and shared my expertise with people . . . We are going to do our best in sealing up the windows, but the truth of the matter is these windows are over a hundred years old and they are impossible to get air tight. The client, the owner or the architect, whoever, is trying to achieve a certain level of thermal efficiency."
Petralia sent an email to everyone stating "everything will be addressed." He added, "We are going to fine tune all the windows the best we can." But he cautioned that the 100-year-old windows are "bent, warped and twisted and deformed. Some haven't opened in 50 years. The fact that we got them all opening and closing, at least a little bit, is a good start until we can get up there and fine tune them and get them working in the best way possible."
Petralia said the windows and doors will be done by this weekend, and that there will be a final meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.
"Contractually, we have to complete this. We are not done by contract until the client . . . is satisfied with our work," Petralia said.
Mike Saville, the general contractor on the project, said in an interview on Oct. 8 that he was surprised by things the town council and staff said. "All those items are punch list and we aren't done with the project. We are still working on them," Saville said. The delay in finishing the project is due to "extended window scheduling and the amount of work required," Saville said. "No the project is not done by any means." He said the punch list is just part of the process. "That's our goal to make our customers happy. That's what we are trying to work through right now is get the list down and get things fixed before we hand it over."
Saville said he thinks the punch list items are "overstated at this point."
He continued, "The part the town council doesn't understand with this project was based on state funded money. Once it was solicited as a Secretary of Interior standards for rehabilitation. There's guidelines and they accepted state money to do this project. Within those guidelines you have to use all the existing historic windows and you have to refurbish them." Saville said, "Maybe the town is expecting new windows."
To meet state historic guidelines, the original window frames and sashes have to be used. "The only thing I can do is re-work those potential items, but it's not like you buy a brand new [window]," Saville said.
There is new glass installed in all the windows.
"I agree all windows have to open and close, and that's what we are working on right now," Saville said. "But as far as air gaps, that type of stuff, there's going to be a few due to the fact they are the original windows," Saville said.
"I think the one thing the subcontractor did was to call for a punch list premature," Saville said. "I guess he didn't envision everyone would go open and close every window. He was still working on it. He was looking for more high level comments."
Regarding the exit only doors, Saville said, "Those have a secondary apparatus coming in. They won't be exit only. That doesn't meet code. Again they aren't done yet. Everything stated is being worked on and is not complete. The project is still two to three weeks out from being complete."
Tom Chamberlain is the architect for the project. Interviewed on Monday, he agrees that in the last meeting with the Friends of Town Hall, the contractor and the window subcontractor, "We started what was probably . . . a little bit premature final punch list. I think the subcontractor called for a punch list a little early. I am aware of the fact that there are some people, one in particular, who is very much against the whole idea of restoring the existing windows, and has been pushing all along that we replace the windows with new windows. I know that there has been some sentiment in that direction out there. I also think there has been a little gap in education on what you are supposed to expect when you have an historic renovation versus buying new windows. So, I think that's part of the problem. I think the other part of the problem is that the project is not done yet.
The ADA ramps and parking spaces were being installed last week at town hall. Savage said the ADA ramps are being paid for by an ADA grant sought by Delta County. Delta County is doing excavation and set-up as in-kind donations for the grant.
The town has committed $7,900 for work on the stairs leading to the east and west entrances to the building. The town also has $2,300 in CIRSA funds for the project. The existing ramp to the adjacent town park will be repaired and new ADA compliant handrails will be installed. That will be paid for by Friends of Town Hall.
Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc. is working on the new van-accessible ADA parking spaces on the upper and lower parking lots.
The stairs, wall and landing at the east and west entrances will be repaired. The first flight of stairs for the west entrance will be replaced, but not the steps right before the double doors. Bair said a new handrail will be installed. Chris Serve of Delta is doing the stair work. It should be completed by mid-October.blog comments powered by Disqus