Town hall project closer to completion

By KRISTINA SCALA
The Moorestown Sun

The timeline shows the new Town Hall and library will be finished by 2014, and the project is inching closer to completion.

The $11.1 million project, which began in November, includes the 46,000 square-foot, two-story building that will be the future home of the library, municipal offices and meetings.

Since the start of the project, two change orders have been approved totaling $75,668. The most recent change order, for $27,179, includes an additional sink and plumbing for the women’s bathroom, UV treatment for the 25-ton roof unit, changing the size of steel angles supporting the windows, installation of higher graded doors and increasing the slope of solar panels for the hot water heater, Greyhawk project executive Rob Notley said.

He said the changes to the town hall and library have no effect on the budget and timeline. The cost of the total project includes a built-in contingency of approximately $555,000, with $479,332 left.

According to Greyhawk project manager Mike Schaefer, the next major step in the construction process is water proofing the building.

Workers have already completed some interior work, including the installation of steel beams and metal studs, some wiring, outside brickwork, framing for the HVAC units that would be located on the roof and more.

On the interior of the library, Schaefer said a café would be located on the left when entering, as well as an information desk, an abundance of seating, a section for the children’s library, a section designated for books and plenty of natural light.

In the Town Hall section, Schaefer said the meeting room would be on the first floor, with offices on the second.

According to Ragan Design Group’s site plan, there will be four entrances to the complex, two on 3rd Street, one on 2nd Street, and an entrance to a small parking lot off to the side of the administrative section on Washington Street.

The plan also includes landscaping around the entire complex, a water garden and a new municipal sign. Another feature council would utilize during its meetings is the future installation of technological advances.

The building would be wired for installation. The project is anticipated for completion by March 2014 and the library would move into the building during that time. To view the design plans, visit the township manager’s page at www.moorestown.nj.us.