FIRE­HOUSE PROBE

En­gi­neer­ing firm will un­der­take as­bestos, struc­tural stud­ies at Cen­tral Sta­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston’s Cen­tral Fire Sta­tion at 19 East O’Reilly St. in Mid­town.

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