Municipal Buildings

February 18, 2020

About Us

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms. Our deep respect for our clients, community, and colleagues sets us apart.

Our clients are predominantly municipal entities with selected industry in our portfolio as well. We understand that municipal leaders come to government from all walks of life and bring unique perspectives, knowledge and experience that are to be respected and engaged in the process of governing. The functions of government are complex and it is our role to provide facts and guidance to municipal decision-makers to ensure that the best interests of the public are achieved. With respect to industry, we are keenly aware that infrastructure and regulatory compliance are non-core functions that in some cases distract from operating a successful, profitable business. Our role is to handle non-core infrastructure and regulatory functions so that business leaders can focus on core functions.

Our community is as broad as the locations in which we work. From our offices in Albany and Oneonta, our geography spans from New York’s Capital District throughout the upper and lower Hudson River Valley through the Adirondack and North County Region to the Metropolitan Suburban Region north of New York City through the Catskill Region to the State’s Southern Tier. Wherever we are engaged with municipalities or industry, we are engaged with community. We respect the unique character and nature of each community in developing customized solutions to water, wastewater, stormwater, municipal buildings, special projects and economic development challenges. Because we take the time to get to know each community personally, we treat each person and each project with a commitment and passion as though it is our own home town.

Our colleagues are the engine that drives our business. Our professional and technical staff of more than 60 engineers, scientists, planners and technicians are each responsible for the well-being of our clients, our communities, and each other. By encouraging personal connection and responsibility between our staff and their project work, clients benefit from the sincere dedication of our staff to a project’s success. Since the founding of the company in New York’s Delaware River Watershed in 1987, our colleagues continue to be driven by an intense desire to improve the world through everyday successes.

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms in our achievements in supporting communities and industry through access to grants and low cost financing and our community service contributions which we see as a small way to pay our accomplishments forward.

We welcome opportunities to explore new relationships with clients, communities, and colleagues.

Services: Municipal Buildings

From stately or charming historic structures to concrete block or metal buildings, municipal buildings house important functions of local government and represent the unique character of each community.  Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. approaches municipal building planning, permitting, design, bid assistance and construction supervision guided by the specific objectives and sense of place distinctive to each municipality.  Renovations of historic structures for adaptive reuse as town, city or village hall to justice courts to housing fire or highway apparatus demonstrate the creative and flexible approach Delaware Engineering employs.  Delaware Engineering is equally skilled in the development of green field municipal buildings financed by flood-recovery funding.  In every case, tax payer impact is calculated by Delaware Engineering from the outset of project planning and used to guide decision making to ensure the municipal building project meets the functional and economic needs of the community.

Town of Ashland

Project Cost:
$1.9 million

in December 2009, the Town of Ashland’s municipal building was destroyed by fire.  Delaware Engineering assisted the Town in the planning, permitting, funding, design and construction supervision of a new Municipal Building to replace the old structure. The 12,100 sq. ft. first floor houses the Town Municipal Offices, including a community room/court room, emergency services, and the Ashland Fire Department and fire equipment. The building also includes a 5,400 sq. ft. heated basement under the municipal portion, and a second floor storage/flex space for future expansion.

The new structure is a pre-engineered, steel rigid frame metal building, categorized as Type IV Construction, Essential Structure for Emergency Operations. Under a Temporary Occupancy Certification, the building served as an emergency shelter for local residents affected by Hurricane Irene In August 2011. Construction was substantially complete in 2013; the Town installed interior finishes prior to final completion in 2015.

Town of Windham

Project Cost:
$2 million

Building Size:
10,000 SF

The Town of Windham needed to replace an undersized and aging 5,500 SF highway garage with a new facility on the same site.  The Town hired Delaware to provide planning, permitting, funding assistance and construction inspection services for a new garage almost double the size of the original.

Project scheduling was critical to ongoing operations, as the old structure had to be demolished prior to construction of the new garage. The project was bid in May of 2014 and the new garage was substantially complete for its intended use by November 30, 2014.

The new garage provides six deep bays for truck storage and repair, with an additional 20 feet of working area the full length of the building. Administrative areas include offices, a break room/conference room/kitchenette, bathrooms, work areas and parts storage. All areas are fully insulated with three separate zones of radiant floor heat. The building is designed as a Type IV Essential Structure for Emergency Operations.

Photos by Francis X. Driscoll

Village of Walton

Project Cost:

Delaware Engineering provided planning, design, and construction administration services for a new 2,700 SF facility for the Village Police Department.  Delaware worked with Village personnel to evaluate multiple building sites, and consulted with Police Department staff to determine facility needs and incorporate them into the overall design. The project plans were submitted to and approved by the NYS Commission of Corrections and NYS Office of Court Administration.

The Village elected to construct the building using precast concrete wall panels for the foundation and exterior walls, and a conventional wood truss and shingle roof.  Construction was broken into phases for two reasons:  (1) to allow for work to proceed as finances became available, and (2) to allow the Village to perform portions of the project, including site work and building interior finishes, under force account with their own staff, thus reducing overall project costs. 

City of Norwich

Project Cost:
$3.3 million

The City hired Delaware to renovate the 100-year-old brick landmark, and to add a 7,000 square foot “apparatus bay” for the Fire Department’s ever-expanding fleet.  This project brought all of the City’s volunteer and career firefighters and support staff together in one central location for the first time in their history.  Delaware provided all of the planning, space utilization reviews, all civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, site plan design, interior and exterior finishes and emergency system and communications system design. 

The completion of this $3.3 million renovation and expansion project was heralded by an impressive and emotional dedication ceremony, complete with a bag pipe parade and ceremonial “wetting down” of the building.

Town of Guilderland

Overall Cost

Square Footage

After an unfortunate fire destroyed their existing pool house the Town of Guilderland Parks and Recreation Department required a new pool house at their Tawasentha Park location.  The new structure includes a men’s and women’s bathroom and shower facilities, two family bathrooms, a concession area,  a kiosk within the entryway, office space for park staff, and a fire suppression system throughout the building.  The building incorporates a stone veneer and timber frame elements that the Town will pattern future Parks department buildings after.  The site was improved to provide ADA compliant access to the pool house facility. 

Town of Blenheim

Overall Cost
$3.0 Million

Square Footage
11,970 sf

The town of Blenheim identified the need to relocate their municipal facilities to higher ground after Hurricane Irene devastated the Schoharie valley.  Through a funding opportunity with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) the town has secured three million dollars in grant monies to fund the relocation.  The new site will house two new structures.  One will act as Town Hall and firehouse, the second will house the town highway department.  These facilities will allow for all essential municipal services to continue operation in the event of another flood disaster.