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Municipal Complex Construction Forecast

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Weekly Updates

For week ending July 3, 2020

The following took place this last week on the construction site:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 41 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted at the water lines after testing, excavated for underground electrical conduit for site lighting, began placement of light pole bases, and milled the existing parking lot.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation placed duct work, pipe insulation, and controls.
  • Epic Interiors continued installing insulation and drywall, and began taping and spackling.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, cabling, and terminations.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles on the north side of the west sector, and applied ice and water shield to the north side of the center and west sectors.
  • Layout Inc. rechecked the survey at the NJ Transit property line and for the site lighting.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile began tiling the first floor lavatories.
  • JCP&L activated permanent power.

West sector roof shingle installation, north side

For week ending June 26, 2020

The exterior facade of the building is now making quick progress. Masonry on the outside of the building is almost complete on the South and West sides of the building, the shingles are on the roof in the West sector, and are continuing toward the East. Roofers were on site Saturday, June 27th to continue work on the roof. Windows are installed in about 50 percent of the building in total, excluding the two main “curtain walls” of windows on the South side of the building. The developer (EPIC), project manager (Mast), architect (arcari & iovio), and Township continue to meet at least weekly to resolve any open items and keep progress moving.

Meanwhile, the current Town Hall and Police parking lot is now closed to the public. Fencing has been set up so that piles of wet dirt currently on the municipal complex site may be moved to the parking lot to dry out over the next few months, then later be used as backfill for the new building. Because few residents are commuting to the city due to COVID and it’s now summer, there is plenty of parking in the commuter lot on the opposite side of the train tracks.

(Corresponding video here, which was shot Friday, June 26, focuses near the West sector and main entrance)


The following took place this last week on the construction site:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 59 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations.
  • EUC completed installing the water lines to the building, and performed backfill, compaction, and grading on the west side in preparation for curbs and light poles bases.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation placed duct work, piping, valves, and controls.
  • Epic Interiors continued framing and window installation, and began installation of insulation, drywall, and cement board.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, cabling, and terminations, and installed cable trays and light fixtures.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles on the north and south side of the west sector.
  • Eighteen Glass stared installation of the frames for the glass curtain wall on the south side.
  • Challenger Fence placed temporary fencing around the main municipal parking lot to prepare for it becoming a holding area to spread and dry soils for Phase 2.
  • JCP&L set the electric meter, and Verizon pulled fiber optic cable to the lower level electrical room.

Exterior wall insulation, 2nd floor

For week ending June 19, 2020

Progress on the municipal complex is coming along nicely as the developer (EPIC) and its principal, project manager (Mast) and its principal, architect (arcari & iovino), and Township continue to meet as a group at least weekly to resolve any outstanding issues and to keep construction moving. These meetings have been integral in working to nail down a completion date, given the delays that began in 2018 when asbestos was found that needed to be remediated.

(Corresponding video here, which was shot Friday, June 19 and focuses on the West sector)


EPIC is moving from West to East in their work – meaning the portion of the building closest to the DPW, toward the current Town Hall - roof shingles and window installation work is ongoing. Brick and cast stone work is substantially complete. Drywall and insulation work is about to begin in this sector as the roof gets watertight and windows are installed. Fireproofing is substantially complete. Rough mechanical, electrical and plumbing in this sector is nearing completion. Water service tie-in is being worked on with New Jersey American Water.

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 52 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, and washed down the installed brick.
  • EUC began running the 2” salt dome water line, the 4” domestic water, and the 6” fire service line from the underground main to the building.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed hydronic piping to VAV’s, duct work, controls, and fittings.
  • Epic Interiors began window installation in the west sector, framed ceilings and soffits, set exterior door frames, and prepped for drywall and insulation.
  • Mehl Electric core drilled and ran conduit for police antennas, installed stairwell lighting, ran circuits and panel terminations, and prepped for equipment startup.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles and snow guards on the south side of the center and west sectors.
  • FireBarr completed patching the fireproofing passed inspection, and demobilized.
  • Eighteen Glass received delivery of the curtain wall frames and began assembly.

Snow guards, center sector (south side)


For week ending June 12, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, placed the masonry caps on the west side, and began washing down the installed brick to prepare for windows. 
  • EUC relocated unsuitable soils and debris, and performed site cleanup.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed hydronic piping, VAV’s, duct work, RTU skirts, and condensation drain lines.   
  • Epic Interiors laid out and began installation of soffits and framing on the 2nd floor and at the Council Meeting Room.
  • AGP Plumbing continued setting showers in the Police Locker Rooms.
  • All Ply Roofing placed flashing, performed roofing at the north side bump outs, and received the first shingle delivery and began installation.
  • FireBarr cleaned up, temporarily demobilized, and prepared for initial fireproofing inspection.                  
Electric Water Heater, 2nd Floor                                    

    

For week ending June 5, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 51 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, and poured concrete at the main entrance pad, Stair #3 treads and landings, and the 2nd floor vault roofs.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, security and fire alarm wiring, and placed AV boxes.
  • EUC substantially completed the west side retaining wall.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s and duct work on the 2nd floor, and resumed work on HVAC controls.
  • Epic Interiors placed temporary doors at the electrical rooms at the direction of the Subcode Official, framed columns for electrical work, continued framing soffits and ceilings, and placed exterior door frames.
  • Hi Tech Steel installed gates at Stairs #1 and #3.
  • AGP Plumbing set showers in the Police Locker Rooms, installed water heaters, and ran condensate lines.
  • All Ply Roofing continued placement of cap sheets, resumed installation of ice and water shield on the north side sloped roofs, and began gable and ridge flashing.
  • FireBarr sprayed fireproofing on the steel beams and columns on the Lower Level and 1st floor.

West side retaining wall substantially complete

For week ending May 22, 2020                                                

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 44 workers.
  • Force Concrete substantially completed the masonry veneer on the west elevation and continued placement of brick and cast stone along the south side.
  • Mehl Electric installed boxes and conduit for the audio-visual systems. 

  • EUC began installation of the retaining wall at the west end of the site, and installed underground storm
    piping for the roof drain system.

  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work, pipe insulation, cabinet unit heaters, and the pressured expansion tank.
  • Epic Interiors continued framing on the second floor.
  • Hi Tech Steel substantially completed installation of the steel for Stair #3.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast substantially completed the fluid applied air/vapor barrier.

  • AGP Plumbing installed fire caulking, gas piping, and the tankless water heaters.

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For week ending May 15, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 47 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued placing brick veneer at the west and south elevations, and cast stone at the south elevation.
  • Mehl Electric began exit lighting, core drilled for library floor boxes, and continued rough-ins, hanging cable trays, and installing lighting circuits. 
  • EUC prepped for the dumpster pad, received a delivery of modular block for the retaining wall, and installed piping under Berkeley Avenue for storm lines and tying in the salt dome water service. A temporary road was provided for DPW access. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s, risers, duct work, pipe insulation, and cabinet unit heaters. 
  • Epic Interiors framed soffits and ceilings, and framed and closed shafts. 
  • All Ply Roofing continued installation of cap sheets and curbing for penetrations. 
  • Kenvil placed and welded steel beams for high density filing system support. 
  • Hi Tech Steel continued installation of Stair #3. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast detailed window openings. 
  • Layout Inc. rechecked elevations along the north side.
                                                

For the week ending May 8, 2020:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 46 workers.

  • Force Concrete continued placing brick veneer at the west elevation, began cast stone installation on the south side of the center sector, and placed an additional scaffold to start brick work at the south side of the west sector.

  • Mehl Electric began installing cable trays and continued security system wiring, branch circuit terminations core drilling layout, and rough-ins.                        

  • AGP Plumbing set the gas regulators and performed gas line terminations at the rooftop units.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted at the detention basin to bring the area up to subgrade, boxed out and excavated the DPW parking area by the retaining wall, and placed DGA fill. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s, risers, duct work, pipe insulation, and cabinet unit heaters.
  • Epic Interiors placed roof blocking, continued insulation under the sloped roofs, aligned the cornice with the brick layout, closed duct chases, and framed soffits, ceilings, and shafts.                        
  • All Ply Roofing performed roofing over Stair Towers #1 and #3, and installed cap sheets on the flat roofs.
  • Kenvil loaded steel beams into the lower level for high density filing system support.
  • Hi Tech Steel began installation of Stair #3.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued application of the air/vapor barrier, and detailed the window and door openings on the north and south sides.

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For week ending May 1, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 39 workers. 
  • Force Concrete topped out the CMU above the garage and sally port entrances, continued cast stone and flashing on the south elevation, resumed CMU at the jail cells, rubbed down the masonry walls at Stair #3, and completed the cast stone on the west elevation and began the brick veneer. 
  • Mehl Electric continued fire alarm wiring, ran security wiring to the doors, installed branch circuits and terminations, placed code compliant shaft cabling, performed rough-ins in the Police Department area, and did layout for coring. 
  • AGP Plumbing placed piping to the roof drain scuppers. 
  • EUC continued underground structure and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin, and also excavated, placed, and began backfill for Manhole #21. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, placed Boiler Room controls, and installed VAV’s, the air separator, and the west sector roof fan. 
  • Epic Interiors continued installation of rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, began setting exterior door frames, and framed at Stair #2, the Police Department, and the Construction Department. 
  • All Ply Roofing continued with flat roof installation in the center and west sectors. 
  • Kenvil returned to the site to begin installing roof angles and decking above the vaults                                 

For the week ending April 24, 2020                    

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 40 workers.

  • JCP&L was on site to install the transformer on the pad.

  • Force Concrete substantially completed the CMU block on Stair #3 and the east elevation, resumed placing block in the jail cells, and continued setting cast stone and flashing on the south and west sides of the west sector at ground level.

  • Mehl Electric ran Boiler Room power feeds, worked with the masons to place electrical boxes in the block, and installed lighting control cabling and circuits, fire alarm wiring, branch circuits at the panels, and conduit in the garage.
  • AGP Plumbing installed roof drains and storm piping along the south side.
  • EUC continued excavation, pipe and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, ran risers, placed Boiler Room control pump piping, and installed VAV’s and pipe insulation. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued window detailing and application of the air/vapor barrier.
  • Epic Interiors installed rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, placed roof and window blocking, resumed framing in the Police Department area, and built a platform for the elevator installer.
  • All Ply Roofing continued with flat roof installation in the east sector and began the flat roof installation in the center sector.


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For week ending April 17, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 39 workers.
  • NJ American Water was on site to flush the new main extension coming off of Berkeley Avenue.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block on the east elevation, and began placement of the cast
    stone on the west end.
  • Mehl Electric terminated feeders, performed megger cable tests, installed lighting and boiler room circuits, placed electrical boxes in the east side masonry block, pulled metal clad cable, and ran control, fire alarm, and generator wiring.
  • AGP Plumbing set up for roof drain installation and accepted delivery of all plumbing fixtures.    
  • EUC continued excavation, pipe and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, coordinated with the roofer on curbs, ran boiler room piping, placed cabinet unit heaters, and installed VAV lines, hydronic piping, and the garage and sally port exhaust fans.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued window detailing and application of the air/vapor barrier.                   
  • Epic Interiors installed rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, closed unneeded access opening on the south elevation, and placed window blocking.
  • Allied Fire & Safety ran the Stair #1 fire riser. 
  • Layout Inc. returned to the site to confirm various measurements. 
  • All Ply Roofing delivered materials for the East and Center sector flat roofs and began application in the East sector.

For the week ending April 10, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 33 workers.
  • JCP&L was on site to begin running electrical feeds off the utility pole.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block on the east elevation and Stair #3, and began layout for the cast stone on the west side.
  • Mehl Electric pulled and terminated feeder cables to the two main lower level electrical rooms, placed pull strings from the transformer pad to the utility pole on Park Avenue, and installed branch circuit boxes, junction boxes, cabinet unit heater conduit, feeders for rooftop units, Stair #1 lighting wiring, the meter pan at the transformer pad, and electrical boxes in the east side masonry block. 
  • AGP Plumbing checked materials and performed prep work.
  • EUC continued digging for the detention basin, stockpiled excavated material, and installed underground concrete structures and manifold piping along the north side.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work on the first floor and installed hydronic piping, air conditioning lines, VAV’s and insulation, and began work on the cabinet unit heaters and Stair #5 air curtain.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast applied the air/vapor barrier to sections of the north, south, and west exteriors.
  • Epic Interiors installed temporary protection at the window openings for application of the air/vapor barrier and corrected the plywood backing for the security walls on the first floor.                         

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For the week ending April 3, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 30 workers.

  • Force Concrete poured concrete for the Stair #1 treads and landings, completed grouting the block for the center sector, and began installing CMU on the east wall and Stair #3.

  • Mehl Electric pulled feeder cables from the transformer pad to the panels in the electrical rooms, and installed electrical boxes in the east side masonry.

  • AGP Plumbing insulated piping throughout the building.

  • EUC continued digging for the detention basin and stockpiling excavated material.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work on the first and second floors, installed line sets for the mini split units, and placed AC piping and refrigerant lines.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast applied the air/vapor barrier to the south side of the west and center sectors.

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For week ending January 24, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 37 workers.
  • Force Concrete set up temporary heaters to continue work in the second-floor vault area during subfreezing conditions, staged CMU block for the vaults, and installed the knee wall at the center sector mechanical roof.
  • Mehl Electric continued rough-ins and wire pulls throughout the building.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAVs, duct work on the First and Second Floors, and hydronic piping on the First Floor and Lower Level.
  • Epic Interiors placed temporary protection for the heaters in the second-floor vault area, installed roof sheathing on the north side, and continued with interior metal framing, soffits, blocking, and the south side cornice.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast resumed preparation on the north side for the application of the air/vapor barrier.

Framing at Police Department Exercise Room

For week ending December 27, 2019

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 38 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block at the Evidence, Sally Port, and Garage areas in the Police Department.
  • Mehl Electric progressed with rough-ins, branch circuits, and above ceiling wiring.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation continued installation of duct work and hydronic piping on the Lower Level and First Floor.
  • AGP Plumbing performed layout and rough-ins for the 1st Floor and 2nd Floor gang bathrooms.
  • Epic Interiors continued with hanging exterior sheathing in east sector on the north elevation, installing nailers and roof sheathing on the south side, and placing interior metal framing on the 2nd Floor.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast completed the final section of exterior foundation damp proofing and rigid insulation in the center sector on the south side.

Duct work, 1st Floor, west sector


Mast Presentation to Council December 17, 2019

Progress in Photos through 12/17/19

Drone Overhead Video - progress as of December, 2019


For week ending December 6, 2019

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 41 workers.
  • Force Concrete resumed installation of CMU block at the sally port, detention area, Elevator Machine Room, Stair #3, and the demising wall between the east and center sectors on the Lower Level. Block work was completed at the Boiler Room and begun for the elevator shaft.
  •  Mehl Electric continued work on panels and boxes on the Lower Level, electrical rough-ins in the basement and the First Floor, and wire pulls and risers throughout.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work throughout the Lower Level and began placing hydronic piping on the First Floor.
  • AGP Plumbing continued installation of risers, sanitary piping, and vents on the Lower Level and the First Floor.
  • Epic Interiors placed metal framing on the Lower Level, and continued installation of interior metal framing on the First Floor and exterior sheathing in all sectors on the north and south elevations.
  • Allied Fire & Safety installed pipe hangers on the First Floor, and sprinkler pipe and seismic clips on the Lower Level.
  • Hi Tech Steel returned to the site and began installation metal pan stairs for Stair #1.

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For the week ending November 1, 2019:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 33 workers.
  • Kenvil United Corp. substantially completed steel backup in the east sector, including bolting, decking, and welding ahead of the slab on deck pours scheduled for Monday of next week.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted along the north side of the building foundation and performed site cleanup.
  • Force Concrete stripped forms from the Stair #5 landing, performed slab prep for the east sector slab on deck pours, and installed masonry block in the basement (Police Archives, Mechanical Room 003, and Room 017), on the west side exterior wall, and on the 1st floor interior wall dividing the west and center sectors.
  • Mehl Electric continued installing boxes and conduits in the masonry, energized temporary power and lighting in the east sector, and ran cabling between the basement mechanical and electrical rooms.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed layout and takeoffs, received and staged material and equipment deliveries, and resumed installing duct hangers.
  • AGP Plumbing performed layout, core drilled and installed sanitary lines for the 1st and 2nd floor rest rooms and began installing risers up from the basement.
  • Epic Interiors did layout, performed takeoffs, and continued interior and exterior metal framing and headers in the west and center sectors on the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and basement.
  • Hi-Tech Steel began installation of Stair #2 in the basement of the center sector.  

For the week ending October 25, 2019:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers.
  • Kenvil United Corp. continued steel backup in the east sector, including bolting and deck welding.
  • EUC excavated, placed stone bedding, and installed Manhole #4 and the connected storm piping on the western edge of the site near the DPW yard, and then backfilled and compacted. EUC also performed site and soil stockpile maintenance.
  • Force Concrete completed the form work and rebar, and then poured 78 yards of concrete for the Stair #5 landing on the north side of the building and mezzanine roof decking in the center sector. Force also installed decking pour stops in the eastern sector to prepare for the slabs on deck and continued with CMU block work along Line A on the west side of the building, Stair #1 in the west sector, and beginning at Line G/H in the center sector.
  • Mehl Electric continued installing temporary power and lighting throughout the building, including the east sector. Mehl also performed layout in the basement and installed electrical boxes and conduit in the masonry.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed layout in the basement and on the 1st floor, continued installing hangars in the basement, and received their trailer delivery on site.
  • AGP Plumbing core drilled for sanitary lines and installed domestic and sanitary piping in the basement.
  • Epic Interiors placed exterior metal framing on the north and south sides of the west sector, removed the foundation shores in the center sector and began interior framing in that area, and performed 1st and 2nd floor layout in the center sector.

Oct 20 Stair 5 landing form work


Headlines:

TAPinto Berkeley Heights Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Angie Devanney; COVID-19 Update (VIDEO)

In this week’s edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about moving forward with the municipal complex and the need to generate revenue to pay for it -- the redevelopment projects, part of our affordable housing settlement, were pledged to pay for the debt of the municipal complex.


Council Pulls Two Resolutions Related to Municipal Complex, as Members Seek Accountability

At this point Mayor Angie Devanney, who was attending the meeting by Skype, called out EPIC. “We are incredibly frustrated by this process” and what has happened. “Epic has repeatedly filed for extensions without consultation or input from the township.” She said because of these issues, the council will pull the contract resolutions in anticipation of the analysis from MAST. (Tapinto Berkeley Heights, August, 2019)

Statement from Mayor Devanney: Accountability Sought on Municipal Complex

Repeatedly, we have intervened in the project using our State agency contacts, Governor’s Office contacts and relationships with our utility companies to help expediate approvals for the projects when other professionals have failed.

We are in contact with the project managers almost daily. Our bi-weekly municipal complex meetings end with one statement that we issue to the dozen or so professionals in the room: “What can we do to help make up time?” How can we help to contact NJ Transit (which was accomplished) to expediate approvals, utility companies (which was accomplished) to expedite approvals, or to work with the professional team in the room to provide information and documents.” (Mayor’s Corner, August 2019)

Mayor’s Corner Municipal Complex Updates


Previously Published Municipal Complex Documents