This 11,700-SF project focused on design services related to renovations and a vault addition at the Town Hall. Constructed in the 1960’s, the building’s interior components were at the end of their life expectancy and needed replacement. In addition, we addressed much needed code and ADA compliance concerns. The renovations addressed numerous program spaces including offices for the Town Clerk, Selectman, land use, building official, tax, and finance authorities. A new town meeting room in the former clerk’s space is the highlight of the project. Before this meeting room was created, the town hall lacked a large formal meeting space and was forced to go offsite to use schools, firehouses, etc. The new meeting room has a high ceiling and large windows as well as AV technology to accommodate display presentation materials. QA+M was also contracted for FF&E services; much of the furniture adorning these spaces is new.
When the interior plaster was removed it revealed complex and inconsistent features previously concealed. Our team successfully navigated through several challenges and specified all new finishes and MEP installations. Code and ADA compliance corrections included replacement of doors and the fireproofing of stairs, walls and floors. The existing building had extensive water and air leakage so this project corrected those envelope issues. We also addressed waterproofing on the existing foundation walls and ADA compliance at the main entrance, which now has a new front door assembly. This project utilized the construction management delivery method. Bids came in under budget, allowing the owner to add all their alternates plus additional features such as a decorative railing for the new entrance ramp. Upon project closeout, the $250,000 contingency remained. The design phase for this project was six months (from June 2019 through December 2019) and went out to bid in January 2020.
Town of Suffield
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