Roofers fired from highway garage project
The firing of the crew that put the roof on the $1.2 million township highway garage now under construction, and the necessity of replacing their work, will not delay the opening date for the garage, officials say.
In an email to Digital First Media, Township Manager Peter Hiryak confirmed that “the roof construction over the garage bays has stopped for several weeks because the trusses are not in the right location and have to be adjusted due to incorrect bracing.”
He wrote that the roof sub-contractors — Framework Technologies out of Allentown — were hired by the project’s general contractor, Hollenbach Construction, and also fired by them.
A new crew has been hired to finish the job.
Bob Dries, the township inspector and site overseer, first spotted the problem, Hiryak wrote.
“Hollenbach Construction says the correction will take several days and the actual roof panels will be installed in a week,” Hiryak wrote.
He also said the error will not result in any additional cost to the township, “except lost time.”
That said, Hiryak said the township is “still looking at an Oct. 31 completion date for the whole project.”
“The roof was completed over the office part of the building and the sprinklers, electric, plumbing and drywall is almost finished,” Hiryak wrote Aug. 31.
The township broke ground on the project on Municipal Drive in May.
At 12,000 square feet, the new building will be three times bigger than the old building, a pole barn built in the 1930s.
The new building is ADA Compliant, adds sleeping quarters, lunch room, kitchen and shower facilities and a back-up generator so the building can also be used as the emergency operations center for the township.
The new facility has been in the planning and design stage for the past two years.
Supervisors’ Chairman Anthony Kuklinski has said the project, for which a loan was secured, will not result in any tax increase.
Officials break ground on the new public works building in May.