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August completion targeted for Jefferson Hills DPW complex

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Construction on a public works complex in Jefferson Hills Borough has been progressingn on schedule since the groundbreaking on Sept. 9.

Excavation work has been completed on the $14.1 million project, and footings will be laid in the next week, said Tom Lovell, the borough's public works director, in his report to council on Jan. 8. Sections of the prefabricated building should be delivered on Jan. 17.

The complex, which is expected to be complete in August, will be adjacent to the municipal center on Old Clairton Road, and will have capacity to house 18 vehicles and equipment. In addition to a salt storage facility, a maintenance garage with three bays also is being built.

General Industries is handling general construction, while Gateway Engineers Inc. is the site engineering firm. McLean Architects, LLC designed the complex. Lovell and Mark Reis, the borough's building inspector, work closely with representatives of the firms.

In addition to Lovell's report to council, Joe Sites, engineer with Gateway, offered a project summary.

James Weber, vice president of council, asked him for a “scope-of-the-work document” to determine if any of the work could be handled by public works personnel to save money for the borough. The document also would keep everyone apprised of the construction phases, he said.

“We have been getting monthly reports from the engineer and Tom,” said Christopher King, council president. “We'd like an outlined agenda going forward to keep us informed.”

With only a few change orders having been written, King said, council is being vigilant.

“We vetted this thing out,” he said. “We want to be as stringent as we can to hold to the budget.”

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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