By Colin Hogan
City officials awarded the bid for the floor replacement at the Fulon War Memorial Tuesday — a project they now hope can begin by the end of the month.
The 19-year-old gymnasium floor has deteriorated so much in recent years that it has begun interfering with some of the facility’s events. As one of the city’s bigger venues, the War Memorial plays host to several major events each year, including the Fulton Home Show (which was on hiatus this year), train shows, circuses and concerts. The facility also accommodates several community sports programs, such as the men’s and youth basketball leagues and volleyball matches.
Over the last few years, expanding rebar in the concrete compound beneath the floor’s surface has caused the material to spall, and a study commissioned by the city last year revealed that the floor contains a presence of mercury, as well.
On Tuesday, the Common Council awarded a bid for the work to Genessee Environmental LLC of Rochester. Genessee was one of two companies vying for the project. Their bid came in at $363,471, with a possible credit of $7,530 — nearly $30,000 less than the other bidder.
City officials said Tuesday that the bids were first reviewed by Liverpool-based engineering firm Barton & Loguidice, which recommended the council go with Genessee. Last fall, the city secured a $400,000 bond to finance the project.
Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said he still hopes the project can begin by the end of the month.
“They’ll have to come in and do some sampling, which should take about a week, and then they could start any time after that,” Woodward said. “We want to get them in there so we can get this done.”
City officials previously estimated that it would take three to four weeks to remove the rubber floor layer, another two to three weeks to remove the concrete, and about four weeks for the new concrete to cure.
By Colin Hogan