Asbestos removal at Kingston fire station 'substantially completed' – The Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Asbestos removal at Kingston’s Central Fire Station on East O’Reilly Street is largely done, the city engineer says.

Ralph Swenson said he has signed a “substantially completed” document regarding the work in the building at 19 E. O’Reilly St. in Midtown.

The project, though reported in May to have been slowed by paperwork problems, was completed in June, Swenson said.

The work was done by Syracuse-based NRC Inc., which was awarded the contract after an April 3 coin toss at City Hall, necessary because NRC and Sauquoit, N.Y-based Sullivan Contracting submitted identical bids of $42,000.

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The city received seven bids for the asbestos work in the 110-year-ancient fire stationt. They ranged from $42,000 to $174,000.

The Kingston Common Council had authorized spending up to $100,000 for the work.

Swenson has said the asbestos was largely in pipe insulation in the basement of the firehouse, which dates to 1907-08.

A report prepared for the city by Latham-based consulting firm C.T. Male Associates outlined significant repairs said to be needed at the Central Fire Station, as well as work to bring the building up to current standards.

The firm then made a document that broke the initial report into high-, medium- and low-priority needs.

The high-priority work alone would cost less than everything suggested in the initial report, but still amounts to nearly $2 million. That is more than half of C.T. Male’s total estimate of $3,796,868.

The C.T. Male reports came on the heels of one prepared by Peak Engineering that said reinforcements to the firehouse’s concrete floor, where fire trucks are parked, had deteriorated significantly.

The floor where the trucks are parked was cited in the original C.T. Male report and was deemed a “high priority” in the follow-up document. C.T. Male and city officials have estimated the floor project alone would cost about $860,000 because it would require demolition and replacement.

Work classified as being of “medium priority” would cost about $1.65 million, while “low priority” work would cost roughly $719,000.

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