The Saratoga Springs City Council has awarded the final two construction contracts for the $10 million renovation of lightning-damaged City Hall.
Last week, the council this week awarded the contract for electrical work to DLC Electric for $2.25 million, and the plumbing contract to Colette Mechanical Inc. of Latham for $887,000.
Last month, a $3.47 million contract for general construction was awarded to MLB Construction Services of Malta, and the heating-air handling contract to Colette Mechanical for $1.85 million. State law requires that in most cases, general construction, heating, plumbing and electric work is awarded under separate contracts.
While the successful bids total just under $8.5 million, city officials said a contingency fund for any unexpected changes will bring the total estimated cost to nearly $10 million. The city will be borrowing money in addition to receiving an insurance settlement for some of the cost.
The awarding of all four contracts clears the work for the start of construction, which will reconfigure, repair and modernize the landmark building at Broadway and Lake Avenue, which opened in about 1871.
The building suffered serious water damage after a lightning strike last Aug. 17, and most of city government has been operating from the city Recreation Center on Vanderbilt Street since shortly afterward. Officials are using the closure to modernize the building's interior functions and reconfigure the second floor to make room for a state-mandated second city courtroom.
“Resolving decades old problems and planning 50 years into the future are the goals of this restoration and renovation project. It’s the largest and possibly the most important project the city will undertake in our lifetime and awarding contracts to qualified bidders so that it can move into the construction phase is a great development,” said city Public Works Commissioner Anthony "Skip' Scirocco, whose department is overseeing the work.
The city's scheduling goal is to complete work on the ground and first floors by the end of this year, with work on the second floor and third-floor music hall to be completed by April 2020.
City officials said the schedule should allow the city to move its government operations out of the Recreation Center by the end of 2019, so the building can again be used for youth sports and other recreational activities.