Engineering firm will undertake asbestos, structural studies at Central Station
KINGSTON >> The city has given a consulting firm the go-ahead to begin an environmental and structural study of Kingston’s century-old Central Fire Station in Midtown.
The study will begin soon with an examination of how much asbestos insulation is in the firehouse at 19 E. O’Reilly St. and where it is located, City Engineer Ralph Swenson said.
Swenson said the Latham engineering firm C.T. Male Associates will determine the “parameters” of the asbestos inside the building. Once that is done, the city will seek bids for its removal.
Swenson said this week he was uncertain how long the asbestos study would take to complete. Once the asbestos, a known carcinogen, is removed, the study will focus on the structural condition of the building, Swenson said.
Swenson has said that C.T. Male will be paid $52,850 for the studies, including a structural report that’s expected to be completed by May 2017. Additional money will be spent to pay a monitor to oversee the removal of asbestos in the building.
The city’s hiring of C.T. Male follows a report earlier this year by Peak Engineering that said steel reinforcements in the firehouse’s concrete floor, where fire trucks are parked, have probably deteriorated significantly.
“This investigation revealed a unique reinforcement layout that is not consistent with conventional practices,” the report said.
The report said a section of the slab concrete was “saw-cut and chipped out,” revealing that some steel was missing.
“During the course of the concrete chipping, it was noted that there were significant voids between aggregates due to water infiltration, and the concrete’s resistance to chipping was markedly low,” the report said. “With the reinforcing bars revealed, it could be seen that the steel had undergone significant section loss.”
The report said the deficiencies “were observed away from apparatus bays, in a location not subject to periodic wash-downs.” It added, though, that there probably has been significant loss of steel throughout the floor.
The report by Peak Engineering did not indicate what it would cost to install new steel reinforcements.
The Central Fire Station, a block and a half from Broadway, was built in 1907 and 1908.
Kingston’s Central Fire Station at 19 East O’Reilly St. in Midtown.