Monday, May 20, 2013
Forks Township officials all wet over why waterproofing issues linger at new public works building.
It's brand-spanking new and awaits its showcase to the public. But Forks Township's new $5.5 million public works building still has a hurdle it can't clear: a drippy dilemma that's leaving officials scratching their heads. The building leaks. And despite efforts to remediate the issue, the leakage continues, Township Manager John Cornell told the Board of Supervisors at Thursday night's meeting. "They have not fully identified the problem," Cornell said regarding the monstrous football stadium-like structure on Newlins Mill Road. "They have tried every test imaginable," he said. "But what they thought would work has failed." Water-proofing leakage issues have lingered for more than six months, holding up the public works department's move…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Forks Township officials have been dealing with leakage issues at new public works building for more than six months. A resolution may finally be near.
For the past year, Public Works Director Mark Roberts has taken drives down Newlins Mill Road to watch a monstrous football stadium-like structure take shape. And while Forks Township's new public works facility is supposed to be state-of-the-art and have all the bells and whistles that a $5.5 million structure should, some wonder when it will ever open. That's because for the past six months or so, Roberts has been dealing with water-proofing leakage issues. "Water-proofing is still not resolved," Roberts informed the board of supervisors at a recent meeting. There was talk that the facility could open in October or November, but those months have long passed. Some municipalities are asking for a tour and to hold a meeting there in mid-…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Here are more photos of construction on the new Forks Township public works building.
The structure on Newlins Mill Road in Forks Township is nearly complete. Work on the new Forks Township public works facility started progressing in the summer and Public Works Director Mark Roberts gave Palmer/Forks Patch.com an exclusive tour of the construction site. This is Part II of a photo package.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The new public works building for Forks Township is nearing completion.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Take a drive down Newlins Mill Road in Forks Township and you'll see a structure taking shape. It looks like a football stadium, something you would see the Dallas Cowboys play in. There was hope that this new Forks Township public works facility would be ready to open by the end of October, but Public Works Director Mark Roberts believes that the structure could be completed sometime in early 2013. Roberts updates supervisors and residents about the project during his report each month. And during the summer, he gave Palmer/Forks Patch.com an exclusive tour of the construction site. Here are some of the photos in the first of two parts.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Forks Township Supervisors decide not pay a bill for "architectural services" related to the public works building project.
In it’s first regular meeting of the year, the Forks Board of Supervisors decided on Jan. 3 not to pay an $8,040.59 bill to the architects contracted to design the new public works building. The problem, supervisors said, is that they weren’t quite sure what the bill was for. The invoice from architectural firm Kimmel-Bogrette simply read, “Architectural Services – re-bidding services.” “We’ve paid bills like this a couple times before,” Supervisor David Billings said. “How do we get them to stop doing this so we’re not nickel and dimed to death?” One solution was to not pay the bill. The project is already $1 million over budget because the lowest bid for construction was $4.75 million, but the township had only budgeted $3.7. A second …
Friday, September 16, 2011
New building is estimated at $4.8 million; township facing possible lawsuit by rejected bidder.
The green light has been given to construct a new Forks Township Public Works building. But the township may be facing a lawsuit by a rejected bidder as a result. The township Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of awarding Gordon H. Baver Inc. the contract to construct the new 23,000-square-foot building on the township’s 52-acre parcel at Newlins and Richmond roads. Baver's bid was for $4.8 million. The township had estimated the cost at $3.7 million. Baver is based in Pennsburg in the Upper Perkiomen area of Montgomery County. Voting in favor were supervisors David Billings, C. David Howell and Lilly Gioia. Casting "no" votes were supervisors Erik Chuss and Robert Egolf. Several board members said rejecting the proposal …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Township Board of Supervisors could finalize contract tonight.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors will consider awarding a contract for work on the new public works building tonight. The meeting is set for 7:30pm in the municipal complex at 1606 Sullivan Trail. Earlier this month, supervisors tabled a vote on the estimated $3.7 million facility after questions arose over wording within the contract for architectural firm Kimmel-Bogrette. According to the contract, Kimmel-Bogrette could charge overrun construction fees at $15,000 per issue for design changes, omissions and unforeseen conditions. Kimmel-Bogrette’s fees have been capped off at $408,000, according to project specifications. The board is concerned that these charges could contribute in taking the project over budget in the long run. …