By Duncan Wood
Have you driven past the Maintenance Center on Greensward Drive recently? After seven years of discussion and planning, the project to construct a new facility is underway, and the building is due to be occupied this fall.
In January 2019, the ECA Council voted to approve the proposed Maintenance Center upgrade project by a vote of 77 to 4. The first step in the project was a controlled burn by the Grantham Fire Department of the former residence at 486 Howe Hill Road, which took place on March 10. The ECC approved the tree-cutting plan, and the clearing of the existing forest area occurred in late March.
During April and May there were multiple meetings with the general contractor (Dupuis Construction) to sort out the many details required as part of the design phase of the design/build contract. The earth work or site prep phase of the construction started in May.
As is true with nearly every project, there were some unexpected discoveries. We found that the invert of the sewer line leaving the existing building was lower than shown on the design plan for that system. The result was the requirement to seek a revised approval from the New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services for the new septic system, which resulted in some delay. We also found buried stumps and other organic soils within the footprint of the new building which had not been identified in the geotechnical report. These issues resulted in change orders, but the increased costs are with the contingency that was part of the project budget.
The new building’s foundation was completed in mid-July and the steel frame of the building quickly erected. The building shell was enclosed and “weather tight” by early September. The current plan is to occupy the office and staff support area of the building by the end of October and the entire facility by the end of November.
The Common Properties Committee along with ECA Maintenance Department plan to hold an open house plus a touch-a-truck in summer 2020. Watch Eastman Highlights for the details, and please come see the newest improvement to the facilities we all benefit from as Eastman Members.
Duncan Wood is chair of the Common Properties Committee.