The Falls Township Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Monday to move forward their planned renovation of the municipal complex.
The supervisors unanimously approved advertising a request for proposals for architectural services to overhaul the 60,000-square-foot complex along Lincoln Highway.
Proposals will be accepted through May 26 and the supervisors aim to award a contract within 30 days.
“Architectural services include pre-design, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, construction administration and inspections to complete a multi-story facility within the footprint of the existing building,” township officials said.
The supervisors hired firm Remington and Vernick Engineers for services related to the project. The cost will be $5,900.
“As part of the contract, the firm will perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, which includes a site inspection of all areas of the building and property, a review of available historic records, maps, and photos, as well as a review of local, state, and federal agency environmental records for the site. The firm will review historic data to determine previous property uses dating back to 1931 or the earliest development, whichever came first. All information will be summarized in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report,” officials said in a statement.
Jones Engineering Associates was approved to provide engineering services for work to design site improvements at a cost of $224,250.
The firm, according to township officials, will look at additional site access points, revised parking configurations, modified entrance configurations, enhanced landscaping and site aesthetics, site lighting and stormwater management upgrades.
“The firm will conduct several project phases, including surveying and preliminary analysis which will include an analysis of floodplain implications. Later phases include engineering design; bid administration; permitting; inspection and construction administration; field engineering and construction administration,” officials said.
“Among the varied tasks, the engineering firm will provide the project manager with alternate design solutions, including for police access, public works department access, code enforcement department staff access, public parking, and access, as well as general site accessibility. Jones Engineering Associates will also prepare a plan for pedestrian access during construction to ensure safety,” officials also stated.
As part of their work, Jones Engineering Associates will seek geotechnical services and an environmental scientist to conduct work on the project. The services are expected to cost $9,000 and $8,000.
Earlier this year, the township hired Grace Construction for $585,000 for management during course of the project.
Township officials said renovations on the aging building that houses the township’s administrative offices, public meeting space, and police station are expected to start in November and last about about a year. The final completion date is the start of 2024.
The municipal complex needs upgrades and has been described as a “maze.” The supervisors aim to get the facility updated and improve the flow.
The latest effort is Falls Township’s second attempt to improve their offices.
The township approved construction of a new 55,174-square-foot municipal center next to the existing building in 2016, but higher-than-expected cost estimates tanked the plan.
Also at the meeting, residents during public comment brought up the suspension of police Chief Nelson Whitney and asked about the FBI, state, and county investigation that has ramped up in recent weeks.
The supervisors said they were unable to comment on both matters.
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