Municipal Complex

Municipal Complex Construction Forecast

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Municipal Complex Financial Update & Narrative 

At the July 21, 2020 Township Council Meeting, the Council considered two key pieces of legislation relating to the new Municipal Complex, with the priority being to finish the building this year, and to provide a quality structure to house our Township offices, Library, Police Department, recreational facilities, and senior citizen facilities that our community will be proud of.

1. An amendment to the Redevelopment Agreement between the Township and Epic (municipal complex developer): This amendment sets new completion dates for Epic, includes stiffer penalties for unexcused delays, caps the amount of liquidated damages Epic can claim against the Township, and protects the Township from any costs relating to delays due to weather later in the year. (Council passed this unanimously, 6-0)

2. Introduction of a bond ordinance authorizing the Township to access up to - but not more than - $3.5 million dollars to finish the project and cover cost overruns primarily due to unsuitable soils. This ordinance will not increase taxes for residents. 

Read the entire explainer document giving more details on the Redevelopment Agreement Amendment, bond ordinance, revised completion schedule, taxpayer impact & more.

Related Financial Documents/Background:

  • Berkeley Heights’ Credit Rating Stands Despite Potential Economic Downturn in NJ

  • Note Sale to Help Pay Off Debt: (JUNE 2020) Like any homeowner with a mortgage, looking for the lowest mortgage rates, municipalities look for the lowest interest rates to finance their capital debt in the short and long term. To that end, the Township exercised the benefit of historically low interest rates with two municipal note sales on June 23. The Township competitively priced $24,043,000 of Tax-Exempt Bond Anticipation Notes, Series 2020A and $10,500,000 of Tax-Exempt Bond Anticipation Notes, Series 2020B. We received extremely desirable rates: net interest of 0.382% on the $24M, with actual rate of 2% with a premium of $389,015.74; and net interest of 0.446% on the $10.5M, with actual interest of 0.50% with a premium of $3,780.00. The premiums from both notes will go directly to servicing of the debt related to the muni complex. These great rates were due, in part, to the positive rating we received from Moody’s. 
  • Week of June 23: Township received a second installment of $65,000 from Toll Brothers per the requirement in their redevelopment agreement; this money will go toward paying off the municipal complex debt.

Municipal Complex Financial Update & Narrative - February 2020

View the comprehensive document here.


Weekly Updates

For week ending November 20, 2020

Coming from the second-floor main lobby (just outside of our fabulous new library!) of the municipal complex this week, this week’s project update includes having the glass wall and railing along the main entryway almost complete. Some of the other work done this past week included: final painting and finishing of millwork, detail work, fireproofing, carpeting in main entryway, landscaping in the back of the building and prepping to build the retaining wall. We passed the state inspection this week for the boiler, which was a big hurdle to overcome. Schindler, the elevator company, finished their elevator pre-testing, but the state inspector did not show up as expected on Friday to inspect the device. We are hoping the inspector shows up next week, since our temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) is contingent upon passing that inspection. 

Once we receive that TCO, we can instruct our furniture vendors to start mobilizing and bring in any new furniture ordered for the building, which needs to be assembled. During this time, the phone vendor will come in and install the phones, based on furniture layout. We will also work to coordinate moving our existing furniture and employees into the new building before Epic, the construction company, begins abatement and demolition of our existing buildings. There are many moving parts to this entire process, so if we hit a delay or snag on one item, it has the potential to cause a significant domino effect. But we keep pushing and pushing; we’re almost there! 


For the week ending November 20, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers. 
  • EUC substantially prepped for the east side retaining wall, completed the grass pavers on the north side, spread remaining topsoil, and prepped for top coat asphalt paving. 
  • Schindler Elevator continued pretesting ahead of inspection. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed miscellaneous HVAC work and began demobilization. 
  • Epic Interiors adjusted doors and hardware, patched ceilings, substantially completed the thresholds and door saddles, and replaced drywall, taped, and spackled at Stair #2. 
  • Mehl Electric installed security and electrical finishes, wired for motorized shades, completed the elevator shunt trip, and adjusted site lighting. 
  • Fine Painting continued touchups and final painting, and began finish painting at Stair #2. 
  • 18 Glass began installing the glass rail system at the 2nd floor. 
  • All American Surfaces substantially completed the carpeting in the Council Meeting Room and the walk off mat at the main entrance. 
  • Epic Millwork continued floor base and chair rail, and hung the doors for the Council Room. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast performed miscellaneous exterior caulking. 
  • Material Distributors began installation of the rest room partitions on the Lower Level. 
  • Griffith Shades began installation of the motorized shades on the 2nd floor. 
  • Central Jersey Landscaping performed miscellaneous mulching and seeding. 
  • United Prison Equipment hung the detention area doors and Cornerstone installed the hardware.

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For week ending November 13, 2020

This week’s update comes from the Council chambers of the municipal complex. During the past week, construction crews were working on the sidewalks and pavers outside. Crews inside are working on cleaning and final painting inside; meanwhile, inside, electrical and mechanical finishes are ongoing, while security and police items such as the evidence locker and jail cell finishes were being worked on last week. Fireproof painting is being finished in the main stairwell, while some base work is going on to finish the flooring in some rooms. Millwork is almost finished in the Council Chambers, which has the most elaborate millwork and finishes of all the rooms in the building. Schindler, the elevator company, was supposed to be on site this past Thursday but did not show up; unfortunately, this is not the first time they have not shown up when scheduled, and this is completely out of the Township’s control. They say they will be on site Monday, while the state elevator inspector is tentatively scheduled to be on site this week or next week to inspect. Schindler directly coordinates the elevator inspection – not the Township, our construction manager Mast, or developer Epic. This inspection is pivotal to receiving a TCO, which will allow the Township to start moving furniture into the building.


For the week ending November 13, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 26 workers.
  • EUC patched asphalt to prepare for top coat and began the grass pavers. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed miscellaneous HVAC work and installed registers and returns in the detention area. 
  • Epic Interiors taped and worked on door sweeps, thresholds, and hardware. 
  • Mehl Electric installed electrical finishes, security and access controls, and wired for motorized shades and the garage and sally port overhead doors. 
  • Fine Painting performed final priming and painting, painted bollards, and substantially completed the intumescent paint at Stair #2. 
  • All American Surfaces continued carpeting the Council Meeting Room and installed floor base. 
  • Top Line completed the north side sidewalks and placed concrete pads for site furnishings. 
  • Epic Millwork prepared break room countertops for sink installation. 
  • AGP Plumbing completed the elevator sump pump and dropped in break room sinks. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast caulked at the curtain wall and hardie panels. 
  • Storage Systems installed gun and evidence lockers for the Police Department. 
  • Net Q continued server room work. 

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For week ending October 30, 2020

This week’s municipal complex update comes to you from the Council chambers, where millwork finishes are being worked on this week and next. Also this week, flooring installation continued as did final painting, and work on the detention area and police entry lobby. We had some building inspections this week, which will continue into next. Cleaning crews were working on the upper floors, while some trades started to demobilize, as their work is either finished or almost finished. Schindler was on scene to continue work on the elevator; their tests will continue into next week. Work also began on the emergency access road in the back of the building.

Next week, we are hopeful Schindler will finish their elevator installation and testing so they request an inspection from the state soon. If all goes well with the elevator, we hope to move furniture in beginning in the next few weeks!

For the week ending October 30, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 46 workers. 
  • EUC graded on the north side, prepped for the emergency access road, and placed stone for a temporary east side egress pathway. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed HVAC finishes and detention area HVAC items, and started up the cabinet unit heaters. 
  • Epic Interiors taped and spackled, substantially completed the main vestibule soffit, installed access panels, worked on doors and hardware, closed up the Stair #4 ceiling, continued the detention area ceiling, and performed fireproofing support at Stair #2. 
  • Mehl Electric installed electrical finishes, wired door security, tested the Area of Refuge system, programmed and rang out the fire alarm for inspection, pretested the pre-action system, and placed the jail cell lights and detention area cameras. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile tiled and grouted the main entrance lobby. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting in the basement and the 1st floor, and prepped for Stair #2 intumescent paint and basement concrete floor sealer. 
  • Epic Millwork continued Council Room paneling and trim, as well as wood base and chair rail. 
  • All American Surfaces installed basement flooring, vinyl base, and Recreation Office carpet. 
  • AGP Plumbing installed rest room fixtures and plumbing accessories in the basement. 
  • Schindler Elevator began the elevator pretest. 
  • Industrial Flooring Corporation applied miscellaneous epoxy in the detention area. 
  • 18 Glass performed glazing for doors and missing panes. 
  • Warshauer replaced a generator part and retested the system. 
  • All Ply Roofing substantially completed the cornice, began vestibule roofing, and tied in additional north side downspouts. 
  • Central Jersey Landscaping placed mulch and ground cover plantings. 
  • Top Line poured the concrete landing for the east side exit doors. 
  • Allied dropped the detention area sprinkler heads and performed system tests. 
  • FireBarr applied spray fireproofing at Stair #2. 
  • Net Q continued terminations and server room work. 

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For week ending October 23, 2020

This week’s video is from outside the building. Landscaping has been done around the building – mulching, tree and shrub planting, and decorative lights have been installed around the parking lot. The outside is really coming together! Storm drains have been tied in on the back of the building, final concrete was poured in the sally port area of the police department, as well as near the garage and the gas meter pad in the back. 


Coming up this week, we hope to get elevator inspections, which are completed by the state inspectors. This is a wild card: these inspections are out of the Township’s control. Schindler, the elevator company, schedules the inspections, and the state sends inspectors when they are available. Meanwhile, plumbers and floor tile installers were working over the weekend. We also encountered another blip; we have a faulty transfer switch on the generator. We hope to find that new part this coming week to install that and start up the generator. The elevator can only be inspected after the generator is up and running. Meanwhile, other finishing touches are happening throughout the building – both inside and outside, such as millwork, Council chamber finishes, locker room benches and more – as we enter into the period of final inspections.  

For the week ending October 23, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 58 workers. 
  • EPIC began final cleaning on the 2nd floor. 
  • Force Concrete prepped and poured the gas meter pad, the generator bollards, and the sally port and garage slabs. 
  • EUC placed stone and graded on the north side, substantially completed the underground storm drainage behind the building, prepped for north side sidewalks, placed topsoil, and repaired the swale and the existing underground piping on the south perimeter. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct drops and finishes, checked dampers and duct detectors, and placed register and return finishes. 
  • Epic Interiors taped and spackled, hung miscellaneous drywall, installed access panels, hung doors and hardware, worked on the exterior vestibule, and began the detention area ceiling. 
  • Mehl Electric installed electrical finishes, pretested the fire alarm, performed security tie-ins and terminations, and adjusted the site lighting. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile placed the Police Department entrance lobby tile. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting in the basement and in the stair towers, and painted the railings. 
  • Epic Millwork continued Council Room paneling as well as wood base and chair rail. 
  • All American Surfaces installed basement flooring and prepped for Recreation Office carpet. 
  • AGP Plumbing installed rest room fixtures and plumbing accessories, energized the gas service, bled the gas lines, activated gas to the rooftop units, completed final water service energizing, and activated the sewage ejector, plumbing fixtures, and water heaters. 
  • Schindler Elevator substantially completed the elevator cab and prepared for testing. 
  • Industrial Flooring Corporation completed the epoxy on the walls and floors in the detention area. 
  • Storage Systems completed installation of the gun lockers, the lockers in the Police Department locker rooms, and the in Library staff area. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast waterproofed the sally port and garage areas. 
  • 18 Glass installed aluminum pilasters at the curtain wall and performed glazing at the interior, exterior, and main entrance vestibule. 
  • Griffith Shade delivered window coverings and began cutting. 
  • Warshauer performed generator startup. 
  • All Ply Roofing tied in the north side roof scuppers. 
  • Modernfold installed the folding partition in the Multipurpose Room. 
  • Central Jersey Landscaping mobilized and placed trees, shrubs, and mulch. 
  • Net Q continued data wire terminations and completed installation of the IT and ladder racks. 
  • Langan and Advanced Drilling took groundwater samples for testing from the area where the buried vehicle was discovered and removed. 
  • PSE&G set the gas meter and activated service.  

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For week ending October 16, 2020

Coming to you from the big multipurpose room on the lower level of the municipal complex, this week’s update has Mayor Devanney helping the tile guys lay flooring.

 

Floor crews were laying tile this past week, and will continue the upcoming week. The large room in the Lower Level, which will be able to be split into two with a divider, will be able to host a recreational activities and other events for the community. Construction crews also installed cabinetry in the Recreation Department, including the craft room, installed kitchenettes, millwork continues in the Council chambers, the police department lockers were installed in the locker room, the South parking lot was paved and decorative lot lighting was installed. Early next week, PSE&G will install the gas meter, which will power the heating system, and inspections for electrical, mechanical and plumbing are ongoing. PSE&G’s installation of the gas meter was slightly delayed due to the recent rainy weather. In addition, Schindler crews continue to work on assembling the elevator; we hope for an elevator inspection around mid-week next week.


For the week ending October 16, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 57 workers. 
  • Force Concrete rubbed down the stairwell masonry to prepare for painting. 
  • EUC performed storm drainage work and grading on the north side, and prepped for the gas meter pad. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed HVAC finishes, modified the 2nd floor rest room actuator, filled the boilers, and ran the pumps. 
  • Epic Interiors taped and spackled, hung miscellaneous drywall, placed ceiling tile, closed up hard ceilings, and hung interior and exterior doors. 
  • Mehl Electric installed electrical finishes, performed fire alarm and security work, and substantially completed the pre-action system panel work. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile placed the 2nd floor elevator lobby tile. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st floor and in the basement, plus the exterior door frames. 
  • Epic Millwork continued Council Room paneling, placed countertops in the basement rest rooms, and installed casework. 
  • All American Surfaces installed transition strips and also vinyl floor tile in the server rooms and the 2nd floor corridor. 
  • AGP Plumbing dropped in and piped sinks. 
  • Schindler Elevator continued work on the elevator rails, car, and doors. 
  • Hi Tech Steel installed the Stair #4 railings and the Stair #5 guard rails. 
  • Material Distributors placed toilet partitions in the 1st floor rest rooms. 
  • Industrial Flooring Corporation applied the base coat of epoxy to the walls and floors in the detention area. 
  • Storage Systems began installation of the lockers in the Police Department locker rooms. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast caulked the cornice strip. 
  • Allied Fire & Safety performed the sprinkler hydro test. 
  • Net Q continued data wire terminations and began installation of the IT and ladder racks. 

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For week ending October 9, 2020

Coming to you from the Administration offices in the municipal complex, Mayor Devanney joins this week’s update as flooring crews prepped the hallways for tile (listen closely and you can hear them singing!).

 

Crews were on-site Saturday completing ceiling tile installation on the first floor and working on installing ceiling tile in the basement. Tile flooring installation continues in the second floor hallways, as one of the last remaining finishes to complete on that floor after crews cleared out material and construction equipment from that floor and moved their way down. Schindler elevator crews were on site continuing elevator installation. Pre-testing of the fire alarm and other life safety measures began, water meters, gas systems and generators are being installed and tested, while millwork in the Council chambers continues, and installation of the stair railings is about to start. Cabinetry has been installed in break rooms, and the tail end of drainage work will begin this coming week. The South Parking lot was paved and decorative lighting was installed. Sorry folks, no more cars were dug up from the parking lot!

 


For the week ending October 9, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 52 workers. 
  • Force Concrete performed masonry patching and finishes, and blocked in the elevator doors. 
  • EUC prepped and placed base coat paving at the south lot, removed the existing fence and graded the north side, and spread topsoil for landscaping. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed HVAC diffusers and finishes, and performed pre-startup for the VAVs and hot water heaters 
  • Epic Interiors taped and spackled, framed ceilings and placed tile, closed hard ceilings, hung interior doors, and placed hardie board at the curtain walls. 
  • Mehl Electric installed interior and site lighting, life/safety and security fixtures, elevator wiring, electrical finishes, punched down the annunciator, and pretested the fire alarm. 
  • All Ply Roofing worked on coping, louvers, tie-ins, and substantially completed the stair tower roofs. 
  • Eighteen Glass continued installation of the main entrance vestibule doors and glass, performed miscellaneous glazing, and placed storefront gaskets. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile tiled the remainder of the rest rooms. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st floor and in the basement, including the exposed beams and ductwork in the garage, sally port, and electrical/mechanical rooms. 
  • Epic Millwork continued Council Room paneling and placed countertops at service windows. 
  • All American Surfaces continued installation of carpeting on the 1st floor and began vinyl tile on the 2nd floor and in the server rooms. 
  • AGP Plumbing continued plumbing fixtures and water fountains, and completed the water meter. 
  • Challenger Fencing continued placement of perimeter fencing behind the Park Avenue and Berkeley Avenue residences. 
  • Schindler Elevator began installation of the elevator rails and car. 
  • Able Doors installed the rollup doors at the garage and sally port 
  • Net Q continued data wire terminations. 
  • NJ American Water energized the fire and domestic water service. 
  • PSE&G upgraded the gas lines on Berkeley and Columbus Avenues. 

Check out photos from this past week in TAPinto Berkeley Heights here. 

 

For week ending October 2, 2020

The elevator is here! The elevator is here! Elevator delivery was delayed a bit because of COVID, but it arrived on site early Friday morning; Schindler (elevator company) crews were on site beginning early Friday morning to begin to assemble it. The elevator was a wild card in terms of timing as to when the building may get done. After it is assembled and installed, a state elevator inspector has to inspect it. After that passes, furniture can begin to be moved in, as long as all life safety measures have also passed inspection. 

Laborers will be on site Saturday, October 4; carpenters install ceiling tile on the first floor and in the basement, finish hanging doors on 1st & 2nd floors, begin installing hollow metal doors at stair towers and electrical rooms, work on border & ceiling tile in basement, continue with elevator installation, roof coping, basement life safety measures, and general cleanup. 


For the week ending October 2, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 52 workers.
  • Force Concrete rubbed down the stair tower masonry and patched the elevator sill concrete.
  • EUC graded and began prepping the south lot for paving, installed north side storm drainage, spread topsoil, and excavated and backfilled for the gas line.  
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed HVAC controls, diffusers, and finishes.  
  • Epic Interiors taped and spackled, placed basement ceiling grid, finished columns, closed hard ceilings, installed miscellaneous drywall fills, placed ballistic paneling at the Police Department entrance, hung wood doors on the 2nd floor, and closed hard ceilings. 
  •  Mehl Electric installed basement light fixtures, floor box bushings, security fixtures, electrical and fire alarm finishes, and prepped for the Police Department call box.  
  • All Ply Roofing worked on coping, gravel stops, and flat roof terminations at the stair towers.  
  • Eighteen Glass installed storefronts in the basement and the main entrance vestibule doors and glass.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile tiled the Lower Level rest rooms and the Police Department locker rooms.  
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st floor and in the basement, including the exposed beams and ductwork in the exercise and multipurpose rooms.  
  • Epic Millwork installed cabinetry, wood base, and began Council Room paneling.  All American Surfaces continued installation of carpeting and vinyl base on the 1st and 2nd floors.  
  • AGP Plumbing continued plumbing fixtures.  Challenger Fencing began placement of the south side perimeter fence.  
  • Allied Fire and Sprinkler installed the detector check for fire service and dropped basement sprinkler heads.  
  • Schindler Elevator mobilized, accepted delivery of the elevator, and began prep for installation.  
  • Net Q pulled additional data cabling and began terminations.  
  • ESS installed the rooftop antennas for the Police Department. 
  •  PSE&G began placement of the gas line.

Police Department antennas

For week ending Sept. 25, 2020

Mayor Angie Devanney joins us for this week’s municipal complex update, coming to you from the finished bathrooms (exciting!). The big news last week in municipal complex construction was the unearthing of a vehicle where the new South parking lot will be. No, Jimmy Hoffa was not in it, and no, we can’t tell exactly what kind of car it was. However, the good news is, testing showed that the ground water and soil was not contaminated from the car, so now paving crews are working toward staring that paving by the end of this week.


Bathrooms on the second floor are complete, almost complete on the first floor and basement. About two-thirds of ceiling tile is up throughout entire building, glass store fronts have been installed on all floors in the Recreation Department and Library; carpeting is almost complete on upper floors. PSE&G has dug a trench line around the perimeter of the property to install the gas line, while Epic (the redeveloper) had workers on site this weekend taping and spackling in the basement, and to perform general cleanup (focusing on the 2nd floor. This week, painting and millwork continues, as walls and ceilings get closed up in the basement. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing finishes continue, and crews are focusing on installing necessary life safety systems in the basement that tie into the rest of the building.



For the week ending September 25, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 50 workers. 
  • Force Concrete prepped the elevator shaft and pit for cab placement, and cut back the garage and sally port brick for rollup door installation. 
  • EUC undercut, backfilled, placed DGA, and graded the south parking lot. A buried vehicle was discovered and removed under supervision of environmental engineer; all required tests were performed and passed. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed diffusers, access panels, and HVAC finishes. 
  • Epic Interiors substantially completed drywall in the basement, taped and spackled, framed and closed hard ceilings, placed ceiling tiles, and framed and closed columns. 
  • Mehl Electric installed decorative light fixtures in the library, set floor boxes, placed the load banks, and continued electrical finishes and fire alarm/security fixtures, wiring, and terminations. 
  • All Ply Roofing substantially completed the roof shingles and ridge caps. 
  • Eighteen Glass installed storefronts in the basement, and set the Police Department entry doors. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile continued tile in the Lower Level rest rooms and the Police Department locker rooms. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st floor and final coats on the 2nd floor. 
  • Epic Millwork installed cabinetry, wood base, and chair rail. 
  • All American Surfaces continued installation of flooring and vinyl base on the 2nd floor and began carpeting on the 1st floor. 
  • AGP Plumbing completed the hose bibs, began installing the water meter, and relocated the Multipurpose Room #019 overhead piping and trap. 
  • Material Distributors installed rest room partitions on the 2nd floor. 

For week ending Sept. 18, 2020

Coming from the Young Adult section of the library of the new municipal complex, this week’s update includes carpeting in the library complete, lighting has been installed, decorative overhead lights were installed in the children’s room and crews are doing final painting and other finishing work in this space. Outside, site work crews will be paving the South parking lot in front of the building by the end of the upcoming week. The plaza area, which consists of the front entrance area and flagpoles, is almost complete. Vanities are going in in the bathrooms, which are almost all complete. Carpenter crews are finally sheetrocking the basement; the Township wanted to be 100% sure no water was coming into the basement before allowing much drywall to be installed, so neither the sheetrock or insulation behind it would get moldy.  With the developer still waiting for permanent exterior doors to be delivered and installed – despite the Township pushing for months on end to get doors on and the building 100% enclosed - water was also coming in on occasion through the door openings. 


Meanwhile, the cabling installation is finishing in the data-heavy police wing of the building, installation of ceiling tile is nearing completion on the upper floors, painters continue working, and the roof shingles should be finished by this Tuesday.


For the week ending September 18, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 49 workers. 
  • Force Concrete formed and poured the load bank pads, began installation of cast stone at the vestibule, and cut in hose bibs. 
  • Pole Tech set the flagpoles and installed the solar lights. 
  • EUC backfilled, graded, and began proof rolling to prep for paving the south parking lot next week. EUC also installed light pole bases and removed the south perimeter fence, installed temporary protection, and prepared for new fence installation. 
  • Top Line Paving continued curbs and sidewalks on the south side, and installed the plaza pavers. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation continued installation of controls and HVAC diffusers, and programmed and started up the rooftop units. 
  • Epic Interiors placed drywall and insulation in the basement, taped and spackled, prepped for Lower Level ceiling grid, closed hard ceilings and soffits on the 1st floor, and began installation of 1st floor ceiling tile. 
  • Mehl Electric installed light fixtures, pulled electrical cabling for the floor boxes, began elevator shaft electrical, performed fire panel terminations, and placed underground conduit to the load bank pads. 
  • All Ply Roofing began placement of the ridge caps. 
  • Eighteen Glass installed storefronts and glass at the Police Department exercise room. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile mounted floor and wall tile in the Lower Level rest rooms. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st and 2nd floors. 
  • Epic Millwork installed rest room countertops, the Library Circulation Desk, and miscellaneous 2nd floor millwork. 
  • All American Surfaces continued installation of carpeting and vinyl base on the 2nd floor. 
  • AGP Plumbing tied in the domestic water service and installed the Fire Department Siamese connection. 
  • FireBarr patched fireproofing on the Lower Level. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast performed interior and exterior caulking. 
  • Net Q substantially completed teledata cabling on the 1st floor and prepared for inspection. 

The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

Domestic water tie-in
For week ending September 4, 2020 

On the municipal complex site this week, construction crews are preparing for paving of the main parking lot, putting in sidewalks and curbs. Interior doors were delivered on Friday; those will be hung after flooring is installed and furniture is moved in next month, so as to not get them banged up. Flooring will begin to be installed next week. Workers continue with ceiling and tiling; ceiling crews worked through Saturday to get that work done. All masonry is complete on the outside, crews are almost finished with the roofing, including the shingling and the ridge caps. Taping and painting continues inside. Security systems and cameras have been installed both inside and out. Window trim and mill work also continues inside.



For the week ending September 4, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 48 workers. 
  • Force Concrete substantially completed the exterior masonry veneer and removed scaffolding. Force also placed form work and rebar for Stair #5. 
  • EUC continued underground storm and sanitary work on the south side, backfilled and compacted, placed light pole bases, and began preparations for paving. 
  • Top Line Paving placed curbs and sidewalks on the south and west sides. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation continued installation of air curtains, controls, HVAC finishes, and prepared for system startup. 
  • Epic Interiors hung drywall and insulation, taped and spackled, cut in the Finance service window, installed rest room accessories, placed the backboard for the Library IT switch cabinet, began installing ceiling tile, hung cement board in the lower level public rest room, and received the initial interior wooden door delivery and began staging. 
  • Mehl Electric installed lighting, outlets, wiring, and security fixtures. 
  • All Ply Roofing installed DaVinci shingles and gutters on the north side. 
  • Eighteen Glass continued with storefront frames and glazing, and installed the curtain wall operable windows. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile mounted floor and wall tile in the rest rooms. 
  • Fine Painting continued painting on the 1st and 2nd floors. 
  • Epic Millwork resumed installing chair rails, window trim, and Library finishes. 
  • Allied Sprinkler flushed the sprinklers and continued tie-ins, testing, and prepping the system for activation. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast filled the masonry joints on the north side. 
  • Net Q began teledata cable on the 1st floor. 

The following pages contain progress photos from this week. 

 

Rest room accessories, 1st floor


For week ending August 28, 2020

Mayor Angie Devanney gives this week’s municipal complex update from the Young Adult section of the new library as building construction continues and exciting finishes are taking place. This past week, the masons were nearing completion of the veneer of the outside of the building; they will soon remove scaffolding and demobilize (meaning they will soon be finished with their work). Exterior landings at some stairways are being completed, as the carpenters are continuing to insulate, install grid and will soon close up the hard ceiling. Electricians have installed lights, switches, horn strobes, key pads, card readers, cover boxes and more. Site work continues outside to tie in sanitary lines, install underground storm systems, continue grading, and backfilling on certain parts of the building. Meanwhile, IT cabling pulls are underway; the second floor was finished Friday.




For the week ending August 28, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 48 workers.
  • Force Concrete neared substantial completed of the masonry veneer for the building and began disassembling scaffolding to prepare for demobilization. Force also poured concrete for the Stair #1 exterior steps and the dumpster pad.
  • EUC continued underground storm and sanitary work on the south side, backfilled and compacted, and prepared to begin curbing in that area.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation ran the boiler flue to the roof, continued installation of air curtains, and progressed with duct work, controls, and HVAC finishes.
  • Epic Interiors hung drywall and insulation, placed corner bead, taped and spackled, installed ceiling grid, and began closing up hard ceilings.
  • Mehl Electric placed lighting, card readers, keypads, horn strobes, pull boxes, switches, and cover plates.
  • All Ply Roofing installed DaVinci shingles on the north side of the east sector.
  • Eighteen Glass continued with storefront and curtain wall glass.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile tiled the 1st floor public rest rooms.
  • Fine Painting progressed with painting on the 1st and 2nd floors.
  • AGP Plumbing continued installation of plumbing fixtures.
  • Epic Millwork started installing counter tops, and resumed chair rails, windows stools, and trim.
  • Net Q mobilized and began pulling teledata cable on the 2nd floor.

The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

Hard ceiling, 2nd floor

For week ending August 21, 2020

As many residents left town for vacations this month, work on the municipal complex has continued as the developer works to finish the second floor in the next few weeks. Construction crews were on site Saturday August 22 working on the ceilings and continuing to tie in the gutters and roof leaders. Window installation is almost complete, as is the masonry around the building and roof, meaning the building will soon be water tight. The cabling vendor is on site pulling cable for IT and AV, working on the second floor where the library and administrative offices are located, then working their way throughout the rest of the building. Ceilings will be closed up as cabling is being pulled, as work continues on: mechanical, electrical and plumbing; the parking lot drainage and curbing; flooring; spackling and painting; tiling and ceiling; rest room fixtures; framing and glazing; and exterior stairs and load bank pads.

For the week ending August 21, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 53 workers.
  • Force Concrete substantially completed the brick veneer on the east elevation and continued brick work on the north side above Stair #5. Force also poured the walls for the Stair #1 exterior landing and placed form work and rebar for the steps.
  • EUC continued underground storm and sanitary work on the south side, and backfilled and compacted.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation piped the boiler flue, installed air curtains, and continued duct work, controls, and HVAC finishes.
  • Epic Interiors hung drywall and insulation, taped and spackled, and installed ceiling grid and fire extinguisher cabinets.
  • Mehl Electric placed wiring, lighting, outlets, door contacts, security equipment, and exit signs.
  • All Ply Roofing continued DaVinci shingles on the north side of the center sector.
  • Eighteen Glass continued with storefront frames and curtain wall panes.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile substantially completed floor tile in the 2nd floor public restrooms and began wall tile in the 1st floor public rest rooms.
  • Allied Fire & Safety continued tying in and testing sprinklers.
  • Fine Painting resumed work on the 1st floor.
  • AGP Plumbing began installation of rest room sinks and toilets.
  • Epic Millwork started installing chair rail in the 1st floor hallway.

The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

Boiler flue

For week ending August 14, 2020

For work being done on the municipal complex this past week, Mast (construction company) and its subcontracts were working on tying in the gutters and leaders on the roof, to better enable proper drainage, while underground storm lines are being tied in on the South side of the building (side facing Park Avenue). HVAC finishes were being done on the second floor, while floor tile is being installed in all the rest rooms throughout the building. East side (closest to current Town Hall building) masonry is finishing up – this is the last side of the building for masonry work to be complete. The pile of dirt currently in our municipal parking lot, which was moved from the construction site, is being spread out whenever we have a few consecutive dry days; this is significantly helping the drying process, as the moisture content continues to decreases in the pile. This will increase the chances the Township can use this dirt later as backfill on the construction site and for the new building, saving significant amounts of money (compared to the costs associated with exporting the wet dirt and importing dry dirt). Meanwhile, light poles have been delivered, and are being stored in the newly paved parking lot. Ceiling and carpet tile have been delivered; prep work is going on at Stair Landing #1. Meanwhile, on the inside, drywall, insulation, taping, spackling, ceiling grid, mechanical, electrical and lighting work continues, while the curtain wall and storefront work also continues.


For the week ending August 14, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 45 workers.
  • Force Concrete approached completion of the masonry veneer on the east elevation and continued brick work on the north side above Stair #5. Force also began form work for the Stair #1 exterior landing.
  • EUC continued underground storm work on the south side, and turned and reshaped Soil Stockpile #1 in the existing parking lot to promote drying so the material can be reused during Phase 2.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation resumed duct work and controls on the 1st floor, and began installation of HVAC finishes on the 2nd floor.
  • Epic Interiors hung drywall and insulation, taped and spackled, and installed ceiling grid.
  • Mehl Electric placed wiring, lighting, fixtures, outlets, and additional teledata and AV boxes.
  • All Ply Roofing performed work on the flashing and the flat roofing on the north side, and resumed shingle installation in the center sector.
  • Eighteen Glass continued with the curtain wall panes, and the storefronts in the Library and the Police Department.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile tiled the walls of the 2nd floor employee lavatories, and began floor tile in the 1st and 2nd floor rest rooms.
  • Able Doors mobilized and began layout activities.
  • Allied Fire & Safety tied in the sprinkler mains to the fire service.

The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

Soil Stockpile #1 spread out for drying

For week ending August 7, 2020

Even though Tropical Storm Isaiah knocked out power for some of Berkeley Heights last week, the power stayed on at the municipal complex construction site, so work on the project was able to continue uninterrupted. The new police parking lot and sally port area (secure entry for police) has been paved and curbing installed. Windows are almost complete throughout the entire building, as is the brick masonry, except for the East Side, closest to Plainfield Avenue. The jail cell area is mostly complete, doors have been delivered and are on site. On this same floor, police offices and training rooms are looking good, with window stools in, ceiling grids and electric going in, as painting and spackling continues throughout the building. Next week, the sanitary sewer and storm lines system will be tied in, with grading continuing; masonry and windows should be complete soon.


For the week ending August 7, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 48 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick veneer on the east elevation and substantially completed the block work in the detention area.
  • EUC placed underground storm lines, sanitary piping, and structures on the south side, tied in to the existing manhole, and backfilled and compacted. EUC’s subcontractor, Top Line Paving, placed curbing on Park Avenue and base coat asphalt at the Police Department parking lot, the former Columbus Avenue, the bottom portion of Berkeley Avenue, and the future DPW parking area by the west retaining wall.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation continued with duct work and controls on the 2nd floor and in the detention area, and prepped for rooftop unit startup.
  • Epic Interiors hung drywall and insulation, taped and spackled, framed soffits, and installed ceiling grid.
  • Mehl Electric placed lighting wiring and fixtures, outlets, additional teledata boxes, and panel terminations.
  • All Ply Roofing performed work on the flashing and the flat roofing on the north side.
  • Eighteen Glass continued with of the storefronts in the Library.
  • Epic Millwork installed window stools on the first and second floor.
  • Fine Painting continued work on the 1st floor in the Police Department.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile placed wall tile in the 2nd floor employee rest rooms. The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

The following pages contain progress photos from this week.

Downspout tie-in with cleanout

For week ending July 31, 2020

The weather has been cooperating lately, which is great for construction on the municipal complex! Bathrooms have been tiled and are being completed, and on the 2nd floor, which houses the Council chambers, administration offices, clerk and finance offices and more, service areas have been framed out, while spackling and painting continues. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in resident/public-facing windows in the clerk, finance and building department offices, as well as at some library stations, as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19 and for both employee and visitor safety. Electric outlet installation and painting continues in the Police Department section, while cabinetry in the lunch/break rooms continues. The dais in the Council Chambers has been framed out, while painting continues throughout the rest of the building. On the outside, the masonry and roofing continues as those trades complete the waterproofing of the building.

For the week ending July 31, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 50 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued the brick veneer at the north side of the east sector and on the east elevation. Force also continued block work in the detention area. 
  • EUC placed underground storm and sanitary piping, backfilled and compacted, prepped the Police Department parking lot for paving, removed asphalt from a section of Berkeley Avenue, placed fill, and prepped this area and the DPW parking area for paving as well. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed controls and installed duct work on the 2nd floor. 
  • Epic Interiors continued hanging drywall, taped and spackled, and installed ceiling grid. 
  • Mehl Electric placed lighting wiring and fixtures, outlets, and AV rough-ins. 
  • All Ply Roofing performed work on the flashing, shingles, and flat roofing on the north side.
  • Eighteen Glass continued glazing and installation of the storefronts in the Library. 
  • Epic Millwork installed cabinetry in the break room areas in the Police Department and the Library. 
  • Fine Painting resumed work on the 1st floor in the Police Department and on the 2nd floor in the Township Administration area.


The following pages are progress photos from this week. 

Vanity supports, 2nd floor rest room

For week ending July 24, 2020

Developer Epic’s roofers and masons were on site over the weekend, working to finish the exterior masonry and the roof, as they work to tie the roof into the masonry and make the building watertight. The underground storm system is going in now in Sector 3, as grading is also being worked on in that sector to ensure all water runs away from the building. Windows continue to be installed, as work on the following continues into this week: mechanical/electrical/plumbing/lighting, drywall/insulation/taping/spackling, curtain wall (large window bays in Police Department, Library and near front entrance), ceiling grid, tiling, doors, storefront partitions, and the Police Department detention area masonry and fixtures. 

For the week ending July 24, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place: 

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 54 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued the brick veneer at the north elevation and cast stone on the east side. Force also resumed block work in the detention area at the cells. 
  • EUC placed underground storm and sanitary piping and structures, installed backflow preventers at the trench drains, backfilled and compacted, completed relocating Stockpile #1 for later reuse, installed drainage inlets on the west side, and removed an abandoned utility pole on site. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed controls and duct work on the 2nd floor. 
  • Epic Interiors continued with drywall and insulation, taping and spackling, soffit framing, framed the Council Room dais, and began the ceiling grid. 
  • Mehl Electric placed lighting wiring and fixtures, outlets, and AV rough-ins. 
  • All Ply Roofing installed shingles on the south side of the east and center sectors. 
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile continued installation of rest room wall tile. 
  • Eighteen Glass continued placing glass panes in the curtain wall. 
  • Top Line Paving mobilized and began forming and pouring concrete for curbs on the west and north sides. 
  • Epic Millwork accepted the first delivery of cabinetry and began installation in the library staff area. 
  • JCP&L removed abandoned overhead electrical wiring and street lighting on site. 
  • Comcast pulled their cabling from Park Avenue to the main electrical room. 

Ceiling grid, 2nd floor

For week ending July 17, 2020

The police and library wing of the building (West sector) has made very noticeable progress inside in recent weeks. The curtain wall – or wall of windows – is being installed in the police and library areas, giving it great light. Drywall and insulation is going in, while taping and spackling continues in the police offices and training rooms. The library – above the police station – is being painted, while bathrooms throughout the building are being tiled. Windows installation continues, and the masons continue to work their way around the building to finish the masonry and brick veneer. The roofer follows the masons as the masonry is finished in each section. The roof liters will be tied in to the storm drains in Sector 3 (West side, closest to DPW soon), and the ground will be graded on that side of the building, as well.

Meanwhile, wet dirt is now being moved from the construction site to the current parking lot at Town Hall, so it can be dried out and later used as backfill. The area at the corner of Park and Plainfield avenues is fenced off during this process.

(Corresponding video here, which was shot Friday, July 16, focuses on the police wing of the new building, and the multi-purpose room) 


For the week ending July 17, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 54 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick veneer at the north elevation and resumed cast stone on the east side.
  • EUC placed underground storm piping, backfilled and compacted, began tie-ins for the roof leaders, and started relocating soil to the existing parking lot for it to aerate and dry for reuse.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work on the 2nd floor.
  • Epic Interiors continued with drywall and insulation, taping and spackling, corner bead, ceiling framing, and installed the track for the folding partition in the Multipurpose Room.
  • Mehl Electric placed light fixtures, outlets, and switches, and worked on the electrical room panels.
  • All Ply Roofing installed shingles on the south side of the east sector.
  • Layout Inc. updated the site survey.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile installed wall tile in the 2nd floor public rest rooms.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast began caulking exterior joints.
  • Eighteen Glass continued installation of the storefront partitions in the Library and began placing glass panes in the center sector curtain wall.
  • All Ply Roofing dropped sprinkler heads into the ceiling framing.
  • AGP Plumbing installed the fire service riser in Mechanical Room 003.

Ceiling framing, Stair #4

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For week ending July 10, 2020

The rain keeps coming, but work continues on the inside of the building when the weather puts a bit of a damper on just how much can be done on the outside in any given day. But when the weather is nice, workers are outside in full force, finishing up the masonry, roof, and other exterior items.

The masonry, veneer, roof flashing, shingles and window installation should be complete in the entire building within a month or so, weather permitting. That will make the entire building weather-tight, so that interior work can move full-speed ahead. Currently, the West sector (closest to the DPW yard) is mostly complete on the outside; this area will house the library on the upper floors. Sheetrocking and paint is being done in this sector, along with framing and electrical lighting in the ceiling. The plan is to move from West to East, as the workers finishing the outside tighten up the building from the outside, in. Meanwhile, milling of the current Town Hall parking lot has started; wet dirt from the muni complex construction site will be moved here beginning next week, so that it can dry out over the next few months, to later be used as backfill for the new building. This is why the parking lot is fenced in. Thank you for your patience during this heavy construction period. 


For the week ending July 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project site, the following took place:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 49 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations.
  • EUC placed underground storm piping, backfilled and compacted, removed sidewalk and curbing along Park Avenue, and prepped the existing parking lot for soil stockpile relocation.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work and controls.
  • Epic Interiors continued with drywall and insulation, taping and spackling, and corner bead, and began installing ballistic panels in the Police Department.
  • Mehl Electric performed cabling, terminations, light fixtures, and AV boxes.
  • All Ply Roofing resumed placement of roof shingles on the south side of the west sector, and worked on roof drains.
  • Layout Inc. updated the survey on the west side.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile continued tiling the first-floor lavatories and began tile at the second-floor public rest rooms.
  • The Fine Group started painting in the Library, west sector.
  • Eighteen Glass began installation of the storefront partitions in the Library, center sector.

Corner bead in west sector, 1st floor

For week ending July 3, 2020

The following took place this last week on the construction site:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 41 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted at the water lines after testing, excavated for underground electrical conduit for site lighting, began placement of light pole bases, and milled the existing parking lot.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation placed duct work, pipe insulation, and controls.
  • Epic Interiors continued installing insulation and drywall, and began taping and spackling.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, cabling, and terminations.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles on the north side of the west sector, and applied ice and water shield to the north side of the center and west sectors.
  • Layout Inc. rechecked the survey at the NJ Transit property line and for the site lighting.
  • Artisans Showcase of Tile began tiling the first floor lavatories.
  • JCP&L activated permanent power.

West sector roof shingle installation, north side

For week ending June 26, 2020

The exterior facade of the building is now making quick progress. Masonry on the outside of the building is almost complete on the South and West sides of the building, the shingles are on the roof in the West sector, and are continuing toward the East. Roofers were on site Saturday, June 27th to continue work on the roof. Windows are installed in about 50 percent of the building in total, excluding the two main “curtain walls” of windows on the South side of the building. The developer (EPIC), project manager (Mast), architect (arcari & iovio), and Township continue to meet at least weekly to resolve any open items and keep progress moving.

Meanwhile, the current Town Hall and Police parking lot is now closed to the public. Fencing has been set up so that piles of wet dirt currently on the municipal complex site may be moved to the parking lot to dry out over the next few months, then later be used as backfill for the new building. Because few residents are commuting to the city due to COVID and it’s now summer, there is plenty of parking in the commuter lot on the opposite side of the train tracks.

(Corresponding video here, which was shot Friday, June 26, focuses near the West sector and main entrance)


The following took place this last week on the construction site:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 59 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations.
  • EUC completed installing the water lines to the building, and performed backfill, compaction, and grading on the west side in preparation for curbs and light poles bases.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation placed duct work, piping, valves, and controls.
  • Epic Interiors continued framing and window installation, and began installation of insulation, drywall, and cement board.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, cabling, and terminations, and installed cable trays and light fixtures.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles on the north and south side of the west sector.
  • Eighteen Glass stared installation of the frames for the glass curtain wall on the south side.
  • Challenger Fence placed temporary fencing around the main municipal parking lot to prepare for it becoming a holding area to spread and dry soils for Phase 2.
  • JCP&L set the electric meter, and Verizon pulled fiber optic cable to the lower level electrical room.

Exterior wall insulation, 2nd floor

For week ending June 19, 2020

Progress on the municipal complex is coming along nicely as the developer (EPIC) and its principal, project manager (Mast) and its principal, architect (arcari & iovino), and Township continue to meet as a group at least weekly to resolve any outstanding issues and to keep construction moving. These meetings have been integral in working to nail down a completion date, given the delays that began in 2018 when asbestos was found that needed to be remediated.

(Corresponding video here, which was shot Friday, June 19 and focuses on the West sector)


EPIC is moving from West to East in their work – meaning the portion of the building closest to the DPW, toward the current Town Hall - roof shingles and window installation work is ongoing. Brick and cast stone work is substantially complete. Drywall and insulation work is about to begin in this sector as the roof gets watertight and windows are installed. Fireproofing is substantially complete. Rough mechanical, electrical and plumbing in this sector is nearing completion. Water service tie-in is being worked on with New Jersey American Water.

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 52 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, and washed down the installed brick.
  • EUC began running the 2” salt dome water line, the 4” domestic water, and the 6” fire service line from the underground main to the building.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed hydronic piping to VAV’s, duct work, controls, and fittings.
  • Epic Interiors began window installation in the west sector, framed ceilings and soffits, set exterior door frames, and prepped for drywall and insulation.
  • Mehl Electric core drilled and ran conduit for police antennas, installed stairwell lighting, ran circuits and panel terminations, and prepped for equipment startup.
  • All Ply Roofing placed roof shingles and snow guards on the south side of the center and west sectors.
  • FireBarr completed patching the fireproofing passed inspection, and demobilized.
  • Eighteen Glass received delivery of the curtain wall frames and began assembly.

Snow guards, center sector (south side)


For week ending June 12, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, placed the masonry caps on the west side, and began washing down the installed brick to prepare for windows. 
  • EUC relocated unsuitable soils and debris, and performed site cleanup.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed hydronic piping, VAV’s, duct work, RTU skirts, and condensation drain lines.   
  • Epic Interiors laid out and began installation of soffits and framing on the 2nd floor and at the Council Meeting Room.
  • AGP Plumbing continued setting showers in the Police Locker Rooms.
  • All Ply Roofing placed flashing, performed roofing at the north side bump outs, and received the first shingle delivery and began installation.
  • FireBarr cleaned up, temporarily demobilized, and prepared for initial fireproofing inspection.                  
Electric Water Heater, 2nd Floor                                    

    

For week ending June 5, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 51 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued the brick and cast stone veneer at the north and south elevations, and poured concrete at the main entrance pad, Stair #3 treads and landings, and the 2nd floor vault roofs.
  • Mehl Electric performed rough-ins, security and fire alarm wiring, and placed AV boxes.
  • EUC substantially completed the west side retaining wall.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s and duct work on the 2nd floor, and resumed work on HVAC controls.
  • Epic Interiors placed temporary doors at the electrical rooms at the direction of the Subcode Official, framed columns for electrical work, continued framing soffits and ceilings, and placed exterior door frames.
  • Hi Tech Steel installed gates at Stairs #1 and #3.
  • AGP Plumbing set showers in the Police Locker Rooms, installed water heaters, and ran condensate lines.
  • All Ply Roofing continued placement of cap sheets, resumed installation of ice and water shield on the north side sloped roofs, and began gable and ridge flashing.
  • FireBarr sprayed fireproofing on the steel beams and columns on the Lower Level and 1st floor.

West side retaining wall substantially complete

For week ending May 22, 2020                                                

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 44 workers.
  • Force Concrete substantially completed the masonry veneer on the west elevation and continued placement of brick and cast stone along the south side.
  • Mehl Electric installed boxes and conduit for the audio-visual systems. 

  • EUC began installation of the retaining wall at the west end of the site, and installed underground storm
    piping for the roof drain system.

  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work, pipe insulation, cabinet unit heaters, and the pressured expansion tank.
  • Epic Interiors continued framing on the second floor.
  • Hi Tech Steel substantially completed installation of the steel for Stair #3.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast substantially completed the fluid applied air/vapor barrier.

  • AGP Plumbing installed fire caulking, gas piping, and the tankless water heaters.

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For week ending May 15, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 47 workers. 
  • Force Concrete continued placing brick veneer at the west and south elevations, and cast stone at the south elevation.
  • Mehl Electric began exit lighting, core drilled for library floor boxes, and continued rough-ins, hanging cable trays, and installing lighting circuits. 
  • EUC prepped for the dumpster pad, received a delivery of modular block for the retaining wall, and installed piping under Berkeley Avenue for storm lines and tying in the salt dome water service. A temporary road was provided for DPW access. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s, risers, duct work, pipe insulation, and cabinet unit heaters. 
  • Epic Interiors framed soffits and ceilings, and framed and closed shafts. 
  • All Ply Roofing continued installation of cap sheets and curbing for penetrations. 
  • Kenvil placed and welded steel beams for high density filing system support. 
  • Hi Tech Steel continued installation of Stair #3. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast detailed window openings. 
  • Layout Inc. rechecked elevations along the north side.
                                                

For the week ending May 8, 2020:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 46 workers.

  • Force Concrete continued placing brick veneer at the west elevation, began cast stone installation on the south side of the center sector, and placed an additional scaffold to start brick work at the south side of the west sector.

  • Mehl Electric began installing cable trays and continued security system wiring, branch circuit terminations core drilling layout, and rough-ins.                        

  • AGP Plumbing set the gas regulators and performed gas line terminations at the rooftop units.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted at the detention basin to bring the area up to subgrade, boxed out and excavated the DPW parking area by the retaining wall, and placed DGA fill. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAV’s, risers, duct work, pipe insulation, and cabinet unit heaters.
  • Epic Interiors placed roof blocking, continued insulation under the sloped roofs, aligned the cornice with the brick layout, closed duct chases, and framed soffits, ceilings, and shafts.                        
  • All Ply Roofing performed roofing over Stair Towers #1 and #3, and installed cap sheets on the flat roofs.
  • Kenvil loaded steel beams into the lower level for high density filing system support.
  • Hi Tech Steel began installation of Stair #3.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued application of the air/vapor barrier, and detailed the window and door openings on the north and south sides.

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For week ending May 1, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 39 workers. 
  • Force Concrete topped out the CMU above the garage and sally port entrances, continued cast stone and flashing on the south elevation, resumed CMU at the jail cells, rubbed down the masonry walls at Stair #3, and completed the cast stone on the west elevation and began the brick veneer. 
  • Mehl Electric continued fire alarm wiring, ran security wiring to the doors, installed branch circuits and terminations, placed code compliant shaft cabling, performed rough-ins in the Police Department area, and did layout for coring. 
  • AGP Plumbing placed piping to the roof drain scuppers. 
  • EUC continued underground structure and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin, and also excavated, placed, and began backfill for Manhole #21. 
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, placed Boiler Room controls, and installed VAV’s, the air separator, and the west sector roof fan. 
  • Epic Interiors continued installation of rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, began setting exterior door frames, and framed at Stair #2, the Police Department, and the Construction Department. 
  • All Ply Roofing continued with flat roof installation in the center and west sectors. 
  • Kenvil returned to the site to begin installing roof angles and decking above the vaults                                 

For the week ending April 24, 2020                    

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 40 workers.

  • JCP&L was on site to install the transformer on the pad.

  • Force Concrete substantially completed the CMU block on Stair #3 and the east elevation, resumed placing block in the jail cells, and continued setting cast stone and flashing on the south and west sides of the west sector at ground level.

  • Mehl Electric ran Boiler Room power feeds, worked with the masons to place electrical boxes in the block, and installed lighting control cabling and circuits, fire alarm wiring, branch circuits at the panels, and conduit in the garage.
  • AGP Plumbing installed roof drains and storm piping along the south side.
  • EUC continued excavation, pipe and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, ran risers, placed Boiler Room control pump piping, and installed VAV’s and pipe insulation. 
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued window detailing and application of the air/vapor barrier.
  • Epic Interiors installed rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, placed roof and window blocking, resumed framing in the Police Department area, and built a platform for the elevator installer.
  • All Ply Roofing continued with flat roof installation in the east sector and began the flat roof installation in the center sector.


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For week ending April 17, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 39 workers.
  • NJ American Water was on site to flush the new main extension coming off of Berkeley Avenue.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block on the east elevation, and began placement of the cast
    stone on the west end.
  • Mehl Electric terminated feeders, performed megger cable tests, installed lighting and boiler room circuits, placed electrical boxes in the east side masonry block, pulled metal clad cable, and ran control, fire alarm, and generator wiring.
  • AGP Plumbing set up for roof drain installation and accepted delivery of all plumbing fixtures.    
  • EUC continued excavation, pipe and stone placement, backfill, and compaction for the detention basin.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work, coordinated with the roofer on curbs, ran boiler room piping, placed cabinet unit heaters, and installed VAV lines, hydronic piping, and the garage and sally port exhaust fans.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast continued window detailing and application of the air/vapor barrier.                   
  • Epic Interiors installed rigid insulation board under the sloped roof decking, closed unneeded access opening on the south elevation, and placed window blocking.
  • Allied Fire & Safety ran the Stair #1 fire riser. 
  • Layout Inc. returned to the site to confirm various measurements. 
  • All Ply Roofing delivered materials for the East and Center sector flat roofs and began application in the East sector.

For the week ending April 10, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 33 workers.
  • JCP&L was on site to begin running electrical feeds off the utility pole.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block on the east elevation and Stair #3, and began layout for the cast stone on the west side.
  • Mehl Electric pulled and terminated feeder cables to the two main lower level electrical rooms, placed pull strings from the transformer pad to the utility pole on Park Avenue, and installed branch circuit boxes, junction boxes, cabinet unit heater conduit, feeders for rooftop units, Stair #1 lighting wiring, the meter pan at the transformer pad, and electrical boxes in the east side masonry block. 
  • AGP Plumbing checked materials and performed prep work.
  • EUC continued digging for the detention basin, stockpiled excavated material, and installed underground concrete structures and manifold piping along the north side.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work on the first floor and installed hydronic piping, air conditioning lines, VAV’s and insulation, and began work on the cabinet unit heaters and Stair #5 air curtain.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast applied the air/vapor barrier to sections of the north, south, and west exteriors.
  • Epic Interiors installed temporary protection at the window openings for application of the air/vapor barrier and corrected the plywood backing for the security walls on the first floor.                         

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For the week ending April 3, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 30 workers.

  • Force Concrete poured concrete for the Stair #1 treads and landings, completed grouting the block for the center sector, and began installing CMU on the east wall and Stair #3.

  • Mehl Electric pulled feeder cables from the transformer pad to the panels in the electrical rooms, and installed electrical boxes in the east side masonry.

  • AGP Plumbing insulated piping throughout the building.

  • EUC continued digging for the detention basin and stockpiling excavated material.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation hung duct work on the first and second floors, installed line sets for the mini split units, and placed AC piping and refrigerant lines.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast applied the air/vapor barrier to the south side of the west and center sectors.

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For week ending January 24, 2020

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 37 workers.
  • Force Concrete set up temporary heaters to continue work in the second-floor vault area during subfreezing conditions, staged CMU block for the vaults, and installed the knee wall at the center sector mechanical roof.
  • Mehl Electric continued rough-ins and wire pulls throughout the building.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed VAVs, duct work on the First and Second Floors, and hydronic piping on the First Floor and Lower Level.
  • Epic Interiors placed temporary protection for the heaters in the second-floor vault area, installed roof sheathing on the north side, and continued with interior metal framing, soffits, blocking, and the south side cornice.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast resumed preparation on the north side for the application of the air/vapor barrier.

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For week ending December 27, 2019

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 38 workers.
  • Force Concrete continued installation of CMU block at the Evidence, Sally Port, and Garage areas in the Police Department.
  • Mehl Electric progressed with rough-ins, branch circuits, and above ceiling wiring.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation continued installation of duct work and hydronic piping on the Lower Level and First Floor.
  • AGP Plumbing performed layout and rough-ins for the 1st Floor and 2nd Floor gang bathrooms.
  • Epic Interiors continued with hanging exterior sheathing in east sector on the north elevation, installing nailers and roof sheathing on the south side, and placing interior metal framing on the 2nd Floor.
  • Waterproofing Systems Northeast completed the final section of exterior foundation damp proofing and rigid insulation in the center sector on the south side.

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Mast Presentation to Council December 17, 2019

Progress in Photos through 12/17/19

Drone Overhead Video - progress as of December, 2019


For week ending December 6, 2019

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 41 workers.
  • Force Concrete resumed installation of CMU block at the sally port, detention area, Elevator Machine Room, Stair #3, and the demising wall between the east and center sectors on the Lower Level. Block work was completed at the Boiler Room and begun for the elevator shaft.
  •  Mehl Electric continued work on panels and boxes on the Lower Level, electrical rough-ins in the basement and the First Floor, and wire pulls and risers throughout.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation installed duct work throughout the Lower Level and began placing hydronic piping on the First Floor.
  • AGP Plumbing continued installation of risers, sanitary piping, and vents on the Lower Level and the First Floor.
  • Epic Interiors placed metal framing on the Lower Level, and continued installation of interior metal framing on the First Floor and exterior sheathing in all sectors on the north and south elevations.
  • Allied Fire & Safety installed pipe hangers on the First Floor, and sprinkler pipe and seismic clips on the Lower Level.
  • Hi Tech Steel returned to the site and began installation metal pan stairs for Stair #1.

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For the week ending November 1, 2019:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 33 workers.
  • Kenvil United Corp. substantially completed steel backup in the east sector, including bolting, decking, and welding ahead of the slab on deck pours scheduled for Monday of next week.
  • EUC backfilled and compacted along the north side of the building foundation and performed site cleanup.
  • Force Concrete stripped forms from the Stair #5 landing, performed slab prep for the east sector slab on deck pours, and installed masonry block in the basement (Police Archives, Mechanical Room 003, and Room 017), on the west side exterior wall, and on the 1st floor interior wall dividing the west and center sectors.
  • Mehl Electric continued installing boxes and conduits in the masonry, energized temporary power and lighting in the east sector, and ran cabling between the basement mechanical and electrical rooms.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed layout and takeoffs, received and staged material and equipment deliveries, and resumed installing duct hangers.
  • AGP Plumbing performed layout, core drilled and installed sanitary lines for the 1st and 2nd floor rest rooms and began installing risers up from the basement.
  • Epic Interiors did layout, performed takeoffs, and continued interior and exterior metal framing and headers in the west and center sectors on the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and basement.
  • Hi-Tech Steel began installation of Stair #2 in the basement of the center sector.  

For the week ending October 25, 2019:

  • EPIC and their subcontractors had an average daily manpower count of 36 workers.
  • Kenvil United Corp. continued steel backup in the east sector, including bolting and deck welding.
  • EUC excavated, placed stone bedding, and installed Manhole #4 and the connected storm piping on the western edge of the site near the DPW yard, and then backfilled and compacted. EUC also performed site and soil stockpile maintenance.
  • Force Concrete completed the form work and rebar, and then poured 78 yards of concrete for the Stair #5 landing on the north side of the building and mezzanine roof decking in the center sector. Force also installed decking pour stops in the eastern sector to prepare for the slabs on deck and continued with CMU block work along Line A on the west side of the building, Stair #1 in the west sector, and beginning at Line G/H in the center sector.
  • Mehl Electric continued installing temporary power and lighting throughout the building, including the east sector. Mehl also performed layout in the basement and installed electrical boxes and conduit in the masonry.
  • Industrial Cooling Corporation performed layout in the basement and on the 1st floor, continued installing hangars in the basement, and received their trailer delivery on site.
  • AGP Plumbing core drilled for sanitary lines and installed domestic and sanitary piping in the basement.
  • Epic Interiors placed exterior metal framing on the north and south sides of the west sector, removed the foundation shores in the center sector and began interior framing in that area, and performed 1st and 2nd floor layout in the center sector.

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Town Hall Municipal Parking Lot to Be Closed for Summer (June 16, 2020)

Large piles of dirt that came out of the ground too wet to reuse as-is will be moved from the municipal complex construction site to this parking area, so that it can be dried out and used as backfill for the new building a few months from now. The Township is able to save a significant amount of money by engaging in this process, and not paying to have the wet dirt exported, then have dry dirt imported. Given that during the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are still encouraged to work from home if they can, combined with the fact that summer is now upon us, plenty of commuter parking remains in the train station lot near Charkoal Grill and the old YMCA. 

TAPinto Berkeley Heights Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Angie Devanney; COVID-19 Update (VIDEO)

In this week’s edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about moving forward with the municipal complex and the need to generate revenue to pay for it -- the redevelopment projects, part of our affordable housing settlement, were pledged to pay for the debt of the municipal complex.


Council Pulls Two Resolutions Related to Municipal Complex, as Members Seek Accountability

At this point Mayor Angie Devanney, who was attending the meeting by Skype, called out EPIC. “We are incredibly frustrated by this process” and what has happened. “Epic has repeatedly filed for extensions without consultation or input from the township.” She said because of these issues, the council will pull the contract resolutions in anticipation of the analysis from MAST. (Tapinto Berkeley Heights, August, 2019)

Statement from Mayor Devanney: Accountability Sought on Municipal Complex

Repeatedly, we have intervened in the project using our State agency contacts, Governor’s Office contacts and relationships with our utility companies to help expediate approvals for the projects when other professionals have failed.

We are in contact with the project managers almost daily. Our bi-weekly municipal complex meetings end with one statement that we issue to the dozen or so professionals in the room: “What can we do to help make up time?” How can we help to contact NJ Transit (which was accomplished) to expediate approvals, utility companies (which was accomplished) to expedite approvals, or to work with the professional team in the room to provide information and documents.” (Mayor’s Corner, August 2019)

Mayor’s Corner Municipal Complex Updates


Previously Published Municipal Complex Documents