County committee presented with updated DSS project plans

DSSby Carol Thompson

What began as an asbestos abatement ceiling project for the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) has turned into a major renovation with a price tag estimated to be over $1.3 million.

Members of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee received a project update Tuesday from Kevin Terry of Ithaca-based Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers.

The project includes the abatement of ceiling tiles and minor floor finishes, modular furniture relocation and reinstallation, painting, carpeting, creation of a new file storage room, miscellaneous wall repairs and replacement of IT and telephone cabling and selected network equipment.

The abatement scope includes construction of a contamination area, removal of carpet, removal of ceiling mounted devices, removal of ceiling tiles in the 1973 constructed wing, removal of data and telephone cabling above ceilings, cleaning, air testing, physical inspection and removal of containment area.

The repair work includes new ceiling tiles, carpet, wall painting, minor floor repairs, the creation of a file storage room, new IT and wiring, power to work stations and a uniform modular furniture layout.

The contracts are expected to be bid next week with a pre-bid meeting held Nov. 12. Bids will be due Dec. 6 with contract awards expected mid-December.

The Mexico DSS staff will be moved into a temporary facility by the end of the year and construction will begin Dec. 31.

Substantial completion is expected April 19 and the project close-out is anticipated May 1.

The abatement contract is estimated to be $214,250 and the general contract is estimated at $441,540. The modular furniture and loose equipment estimated to cost $107,700 and other furniture is estimated at $20,000.

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