Municipal Buildings

June 2, 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.

Greene County EMS

Greene County Emergency Medical Systems, Inc., was developed in mid-2000 with two paramedic units covering the mountaintop community and the Town of Cairo. By 2020, Greene EMS had won “EMS Agency of the Year” twice, and had expanded to five full-time paramedic units.

In order to improve response times to Hunter Mountain, Kaaterskill Falls, and the surrounding communities, and to provide shelter to one of the paramedic vehicles that contains temperature sensitive equipment and medications, Greene County EMS contracted with the Village of Hunter to lease approximately 1500 square feet in a former gas station that had been abandoned and had deteriorated over time. Greene County EMS engaged

Delaware Engineering to provide full design and construction-phase services for the remodeling of the space, including new electric, HVAC, plumbing, structural repairs and interior amenities, including a drive-through truck bay and living space with a full bath and living quarters, important for paramedics who work 12-hour shifts.

With a new presence on Main Street in Hunter, the paramedic unit’s response time to this portion of their service area has decreased by 10 minutes, and a formerly blighted building is close to being fully rehabilitated.  

Port Ewen Fire District

As of 2018, the Port Ewen Fire District (PEFD) in Ulster County, NY, was operating and maintaining five aging buildings on three separate sites that no longer met the District’s expanding needs. The PEFD had outgrown these structures, requiring more space for apparatus and equipment storage. Further, firehouse egress and ingress was difficult due to heavy traffic flows at its existing location. Due to limited doorway and bay sizes, all new fire-fighting apparatus had to be custom-sized, and the extra care that drivers had to use during turn-out was negatively impacting response times. Because of these factors, and the fact that maintenance of the existing structures  was very costly due to their age and condition, the PEFD determined that a new, consolidated firehouse would facilitate more efficient operations and result in reduced maintenance costs.

The PEFD engaged Delaware Engineering to analyze alternatives for a new firehouse and to determine the best long-term solution for the District. Delaware prepared a report that studied PEFD’s current facilities and analyzed future needs, developed a spatial program and conceptual firehouse footprint, investigated site alternatives for relocation and consideration, prepared cost estimates, and provided a recommendation for the preferred alternative for the most cost-effective solution. The analysis included a questionnaire with all Firehouse Committee members to determine building programming, and an assessment of the benefits to and issues arising at the three sites under consideration as well as the existing site. The cost comparison took into account land acquisition, possible demolition, and design and construction. Delaware also prepared several debt scenarios for PEFD consideration, and a preliminary schedule to guide the District through planning, SEQR, public information sessions, referendum vote, design, bidding and construction.

Glenville Hill Fire District #8

The existing structure of the Glenville Hill Fire District #8 (Town of Glenville, Schenectady County) has a tower that offers commanding views of the Mohawk Valley, but like many buildings of a similar age, the truck bays are too narrow and short to safely and efficiently accommodate modern fire-fighting apparatus. The donning area at the rear is inadequate in terms of space, and the lack of ventilation creates a challenging environment even for brief periods.

The Fire District commissioned Delaware Engineering first to assess the existing facility and to design an addition, with architectural elements blending the facility into existing site features and the surround landscape. The scope of work (the “Concept Plan Report”) included an initial needs assessment, project planning, concept development, site plan, floor plans and building elevations, cost estimating, and the solicitation of public input and support. In addition, Delaware developed a budget, and generated tables showing the potential annual costs to a typical single-family home.

Following the initial engagement, the Fire District engaged Delaware to assist with activities to advance the project, including attendance at meetings and open houses to present the proposed improvements to the public; preparation of SEQR documents necessary to issue a determination of significance; development of information session materials including cost tables and information packets; securing the services of a bond counsel who could support the preparation of a bond resolution for the project; and assisting with the referendum vote.

Fishs Eddy -- Delaware County

Delaware County desired to construct a new patrol garage facility using County forces. Delaware Engineering assisted with conceptual planning and provided the structural design of the building foundation and interior mezzanine system. Additional services were provided during construction to assist with construction related issues, including submittal review and fabrication details for the interior mezzanine. The new facility was constructed using a Butler Building pre-engineered system and features 7 dedicated vehicle bays. The interior features a steel mezzanine system which is self-supported and structurally separate from the building structure. The mezzanine system was designed around the County’s interior layout requirements. 

Town of Tompkins

Delaware Engineering provided planning, design, construction administration services for the new 7,900 square foot (52’ x 152’) highway garage to replace the facility lost to fire in January 2005.  The new 6-bay , pre-engineered Butler building includes 9 overhead doors, propane-fueled hydronic radiant floor heating system, Superintendent’s office, break/meeting room, men’s and women’s bathrooms and a mechanical room.  Engineering began in April 2005 and the Town took occupancy of the building in November 2005.  The cost for construction by two prime construction contractors (general and electrical), engineering and site surveying equaled $700,000.

Village of Walton

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. assisted the Village of Walton by providing the planning, design, and construction administration services necessary to complete an unheated addition approximately 3,300 square feet to the existing Village of Walton Highway Garage. The project was completed for a cost of less than $70,000. Delaware Engineering staff worked closely with Village personnel, who completed a portion of the work themselves, and with the selected general contractor. The addition is a well insulated and cost efficient pole barn-style structure with durable metal siding and roofing. This project provided new, unheated work space and cold storage areas necessary for this Village DPW Department. 

Town of Windham

Delaware Engineering, in collaboration with Keystone Associates, is working with the Town of Windham to design a new ambulance facility. The proposed facility will provide the community with a local emergency response center that also has the capability to host large community.

Keystone Associates is providing architectural services for the facility, while Delaware’s role is to provide structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as stormwater management, site preparation, and all aspects of construction-phase services for the project.

The proposed Windham Ambulance Center will include the construction of a 4,800 square foot Ambulance Center at the corner of County Route 12 and NY Route 23 on Town of Windham-owned land.  The site is 4.95 acres spread over three parcels.  The existing helicopter pad will be moved 295 feet to the southeast, with a driveway off of the Ambulance Center’s parking lot.  There will also be a sidewalk installed between the Ambulance Center and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The facility will have two pull-through bays forming a horseshoe-shaped driveway, and will have 13 surface parking spaces. As more than one (1) acre of ground will be disturbed, stormwater controls will be in place through the development of a Stormwater Pollution Protection Plan and the site is cleared and level.

Design of the complex is expected to start Fall 2020, with construction commencing in Spring 2021 and completing Winter 2021. The overall construction budget is estimated to be approximately $2 million.

Town of Delaware

Since 2012, Delaware Engineering has been assisting the Town of Delaware with the planning, permitting, design and construction administration of a new Town Highway Garage Complex. The Town’s existing highway garage is partially located in the floodway of the Callicoon Creek, and relocating the facility was identified as a priority in the Town’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan.

The new facility is being constructed on a 4.4-acre former gravel mine.  Since ground disturbance would necessarily exceed one (1) acre, Delaware prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and designed on-site stormwater facilities to treat the increased run-off and to prevent contamination of the nearby Creek.

The facilities to be built include a 3,000 square foot salt shed, a 10,000 square foot highway garage with an internal maintenance bay and facilities to serve 8 to 10 staff members, a cold-storage building, a water well, a septic system and associated sitework. 

To complete the project,  Delaware Engineering assisted the Town in securing a $100,000 State and Municipal (SAM) Facilities grant, a $394,000 Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) Salt Shed grant, and a $1,800,000 Climate Smart Communities grant. 

The Town of Delaware is a certified Climate Smart Community, and in addition to removing the current highway facility from the floodway, the Town is also seeking to implement additional strategies in the new facility to further the initiatives of the Climate Smart Community Pledge. 

Initial site preparation was completed in 2019, with 10,000 yards of spoil material removed from the site to accommodate the new facilities.  Construction of the salt shed is currently underway. Design plans for the garage are currently being prepared in coordination with the Town, with bidding, and construction is anticipated for later in 2020.  This project involved coordination with and/or  permitting by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Town of Guilderland

Overall Cost
$780,000

Square Footage
3840

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 Hancock

The Town of Hancock needed to replace the existing and condemned highway garage damaged during the June 2006 flood event. The new facility was designed to be a replacement in kind with a size equal to that which was damaged. The replacement facility is 7,150 square feet (130’x55’). All NYS state energy codes were far exceeded by using Butler specific sandwich wall panels and high efficiency staging propane boilers with radiant floor heating. All illumination was completed using NYSERDA approved fluorescent lighting. The facility is monitored using a state of the art fire detection and notification system.

The new facility features 4 bays for vehicle storage and repairs. Air stations are provided with hose reels throughout the entire building, with coalescing filters and provisions for sand blasting. A 30” concrete abuse wall boarders the facility providing a strong and durable garage. Overhead vehicle exhaust systems are supplied in the dedicated work bays with room for future expansion. In addition to the main facility, a new salt storage building was constructed with a new cast-in-place concrete loading ramp.

Site design work was completed in accordance with NYSDEC requirements and Delaware prepared stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP). Extensive stormwater collection and treatment systems were designed to collect and treat all stormwater entering and leaving the site. A conventional subsurface treatment system treats waste from the new facility. All site related systems are logically placed as to allow for future expansion. Additionally, all stormwater systems and mechanicals were designed for future expansion in mind, reducing future upgrade and expansion costs.

Standard rooms were provided including a Superintendent’s office, Mechanic’s Office, break/meeting room, men’s and women’s bathrooms, heavy parts storage and mechanical room. Both the meeting room and the main entrance hall feature ski lodge style floor entrance drains, a design element unique to our experience in the design and construction of highway garage facilities. The drain element eliminates entrance mats, wet floors and ponding during the winter months.

Delaware Engineering provided conceptual planning and assisted the Town of Hancock in developing a project scope and environmental assessment package which assisted FEMA/SEMO in preparing a PW for project funding. Following FEMA/SEMO approval, a full building, site and stormwater design (e.g., NYSDEC SWPPP design) was completed.  Construction administration services were provided throughout the construction phase.  A considerable amount of time and collaboration with equipment vendors went into the building design to provide both a durable and functional building for the Town. 

Construction costs totalled approximately $1.2 million.

 

Town of Colchester

For the Town of Colchester’s new highway garage, Delaware Engineering provided conceptual planning and assisted the Town is developing an alternative project scope and environmental assessment package which demonstrated to FEMA the feasibility of building a new facility. Following FEMA/SEMO approval, a full building, site and stormwater design (e.g., NYSDEC SWPPP design) was completed.  

The Town’s existing, failing and outdated facility needed to be replaced. The new facility was designed to house all of the Town’s equipment with a footprint of 13,750 square feet (110’x125’). All NYS State Energy Codes were far exceeded by using Butler specific sandwich wall panels and high efficiency staging propane boilers with radiant floor heating. All illumination was completed using NYSERDA approved metal halide lighting. The facility is monitored using a state of the art fire detection and notification system.

The new facility features three dedicated repair bays with one 90,000lb Rotary in-ground 3-post lift, one 18,000lb Rotary 4-post drive on lift and one dead bay (i.e., unoccupied) for vehicle down storage. Air stations are provided with hose reels throughout the entire building, with coalescing filters and provisions for sand blasting. A 24” masonry abuse wall boarders the facility providing a strong and durable garage. Six additional garage bays are provided with power operated overhead doors for truck and equipment storage. Overhead vehicle exhaust systems are supplied in the dedicated work bays with room for future expansion.

Site design work was extensive in order to comply with NYSDEC requirements, including Delaware prepared Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Extensive stormwater collection and treatment systems were designed to collect and treat all stormwater entering and leaving the site. A conventional subsurface treatment system treata waste from the new facility. All site related systems are logically placed as to not interfere with the site’s current usage (e.g., gravel bank operations and material storage).

Standard rooms were provided including a Superintendent’s Office, break/meeting room, men’s and women’s bathrooms, storage closet, parts storage, mechanical room and a large 3-hr rated file storage room.

A considerable amount of time and collaboration with equipment vendors went into the building design to provide both a durable and functional building for the Town. Total project costs were approximately $2.6 million.

Town of Wawarsing

The Town of Wawarsing engaged Delaware Engineering to design and engineer a new eight-bay highway garage. The new garage will replace an existing three-bay masonry structure which is being demolished as part of this project. An existing six-bay highway garage will remain and will be rehabilitated.  The new highway garage is intended to include spaces for personnel administration, eight bays of vehicle storage and repairs/maintenance, and administrative offices.

The design of the new highway garage consists of a footprint approximately 60’ x 200’, utilizing pre-engineered steel for the superstructure, and reinforced concrete foundations. Design considerations such as eave height, man and overhead door width and height, drive-through capability, and equipment to facilitate vehicle maintenance (e.g., air stations) and repairs as well as safety (e.g., slop sink, eyewash station, etc.) were incorporated into the design. Delaware is responsible for all building elements, as well as mechanical, electric, and site civil components. The project also includes rehabilitation of the existing six-bay garage, including lighting upgrades, insulation enhancements, and replacement of the roofing and siding envelope.

Included in Delaware’s scope of work is a review of the method of finance for the project, including the use of set-aside funds of the Town, bonded debt, and any other sources of financing and grants that may be accessible to the Town.

Design and engineering are completed with construction anticipated to start in the spring of 2021. The overall project costs are estimated to be approximately $7 million.

West Fulton Fire Department

The West Fulton Fire Department building serves as the primary emergency shelter in the Town of Fulton and is the only Red Cross-certified shelter in the area. The inadequacies of the existing facility were made painfully apparent during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Although the building was certified for 60 people, it needed to provide temporary shelter for over 100 residents at the same time as fire department personnel provided first-responder services. These dual functions occurred in a very limited space which threatened both the efficiency of the emergency response and the safety of the survivors. When serving this many people, the facility did not meet current Red Cross emergency shelter standards, including 40 square feet of floor area per person for sleeping, a food service and dining area separate from the designated sleeping area, and an appropriately sized generator.

The Town of Fulton and the West Fulton Fire Department engaged Delaware Engineering to upgrade the current facility, expand its capacity, and increase its resiliency. These improvements will ensure that the facility can effectively provide two concurrent services: operation as an emergency shelter, and provision of efficient emergency response services and supply distribution during major storm and other adverse events.

Delaware provided all necessary architectural design and structural engineering for the following project components (and others):

  • A 2,000 square foot building addition to accommodate 100 people to meet Red Cross and FEMA standards;
  • Upgrades to the heating and emergency lighting systems;
  • Upgrades to the septic system and leach field;
  • Permanent, redundant automatic backup power generation;
  • Expanded parking lot designed for better parking, circulation, staging of equipment and distribution of supplies;
  • Installation of two new bathrooms and a new shower, both ADA compliant
  • Fully renovated kitchen space ex-pansion to facilitate food operations;
  • New laundry facility & storage space.

The completed building improvements both strengthen local emergency response capabilities and build a more resilient community by providing space for equipment and shelter. The construction budget exceeded $1 million with construction anticipated to be completed by August 2020.

Town of Deposit

Delaware Engineering assisted the Town of Deposit in the planning, permitting, design, and construction administration for a new Town Highway Garage.  The Town needed a new garage to replace an aging, outdated existing garage structure, and to increase the amount of available storage space. The new garage was built next to the Town’s existing salt storage shed.  The 6,600 square foot (60’ x 110’) pre-engineered Butler highway garage building houses 6 truck bays and includes 3 overhead doors, hydronic radiant floor heating system (augmented by two overhead unit heaters), a new ultra-high efficiency modulating and condensing boiler, a vehicle exhaust system, and a mechanical room. The building was designed for maximum efficiency, and minimum construction and operational costs.  Total project cost was $770,000.

Town of Andes

Delaware Engineering provided conceptual planning and assisted the Town in obtaining funding assistance through USDA’s Community Facilities projects. Engineering services included a complete building design including; building planning and construction, sitework design and layout, retaining wall design and construction and stormwater design and subsurface treatment. All stormwater and subsurface treatment system design work was completed through the review and approval of the NYSDEC and NYCDEP. Construction administration services were provided, work required the close collaboration and regular meetings with NYSDEC, NYCDEP, USDA and NYSERDA.

 The project was completed to replace the existing failed and out dated facility. The new facility was designed to house all of the Town’s equipment with a footprint of 11,500 square feet (210’x55’). All NYS state energy codes were far exceeded by using Butler Building specific sandwich wall panels and a high efficiency fuel oil boiler with radiant floor heating. Collaboration with Cornell Cooperative extension an integrated alternative biomass fuel heating system was installed. The system utilizes a self-feed outside biomass pellet boiler to heat the new facility. During the winter months the Town has been able to heat the 11,550 sqft building on biomass only, requiring zero input from the fuel oil system.  All illumination was completed using NYSERDA approved metal halide lighting. The facility is monitored using a state of the art fire detection/security and notification system.

The new facility features 8 truck bays with 2 being complete drive through bays. Air stations throughout with hose reels and coalescing filters with provisions for outdoor sand blasting. Overhead vehicle exhaust systems were supplied in the dedicated work bays with room for future expansion.

Site design work was extensive in order to comply with both NYCDEP and NYSDEC requirements. A large 12-foot tall gravity retaining wall retains the large embankment at the rear of the new building, this enables the Town to still utilize the site as both an active gravel bank and material storage area. Extensive drainage plans were constructed to collect and treat all stormwater entering and leaving the site. A pumped subsurface treatment system resides above the retaining wall, effluent is pumped using an Orenco pump system and treated utilizing a conventional subsurface sewage treatment system.  

Standard rooms were provided including a Superintendent’s office, break/meeting room, men’s and women’s bathrooms, parts storage, mechanical room and a 2-hr rated file storage room.

A considerable amount of time and collaboration with equipment vendors went into the building design to provide both a durable and functional building for the Town. 

Town of Fulton

The Town Municipal Complex serves as the heart of most rural communities, providing vital services to residents and property owners. In many locales, it is also the most critical public infrastructure asset. This was the case in the Town of Fulton, where the municipal complex housed the Town’s administrative offices, highway department garage, equipment sheds, salt storage facility, and materials storage areas. Although it was not designed to accommodate this function, it also served as the Town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) .

During Hurricane Irene, the inadequacies of the current facility to serve as the Town’s EOC were painfully apparent. Scores of Town staff, emergency responders and disaster relief workers crammed into the administrative office to coordinate a massive response to the disaster. The limited space could not efficiently accommodate the necessary people, dispatch equipment and emergency supplies. In addition, approximately 100 people shared the single bathroom (with one sink, no shower, and little privacy) located immediately adjacent to the office.

It was necessary to update the Town Hall complex so that it could efficiently serve as the Town’s EOC and to improve the Town’s ability to perform standard municipality duties. The project involved reconstruction of the existing facility, as well as construction of a new highway garage. The renovated Town Hall contains a multipurpose space that can function as a Town meeting facility and the EOC, redundant power generation, space for responder and highway department personnel and equipment, space to stockpile and distribute supplies, adequate vehicle parking, and an equipment staging area. In addition, the re-design includes space for municipal meetings including court services, supervisor, assessor, clerk, and record storage spaces. The new highway garage consists of a wood-framed structure with six bays and a storage mezzanine level. In addition, the program of the new structure includes an office for the Superintendent, a breakroom, two bathrooms, and a dedicated shower room.

An important requirement of this project is to maintain all town functionality and continuation of critical operations throughout the construction phase of the project. Therefore, the design included specific elements to allow for the construction of the new highway garage first, with the renovations to the Town Hall to follow. This allows for Town Hall functions to temporarily relocate and operate at the newly constructed Highway Garage to avoid disruptions.

During the course of the project, Delaware consulted with the Town and County to define the project, reviewed all available data, and assisted with identifying and acquiring an appropriate site for the project. Design documentation for the project was completed and included cost estimates to secure funding. Delaware is currently providing construction inspection and construction administration services.

The overall project construction budget is approximately $4.5 million dollars and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

 

 

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:
$350,000.00

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 Blenheim

Overall Cost
$3.0 Million

Square Footage
11,970 sf

The Town of Blenheim identified the need to relocate its municipal facilities to higher ground after Hurricane Irene devastated the Schoharie Valley.  The existing location for the Town Hall/Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Fire Department and post office was in a flood plain, and the facilities were made inaccessible to emergency responders and residents during the flood. Because the existing facilities were flooded and inoperable during the hurricane, it became clear that they were neither adequate nor safe in the event of another major flood. 

Through a funding opportunity with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), the Town secured $4 million in grant monies to fund the multifaceted, complete relocation of the Blenheim Town Hall.  The Town worked with Delaware Engineering to determine a secure and accessible site, and to perform all necessary architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering to bring the project through design into bid and construction. The new site will house two new structures totaling 12,000 SF in size.  One will act as Town Hall and firehouse, the second will house the town highway department.  The multipurpose space is designed to function as an emergency operations center that can host Town meetings and other vital functions. And the new facility will create new capacity to care for residents by providing safe and accessible shelter during a disaster.

These facilities will allow for all essential municipal services to continue operation in the event of another flood disaster. The project will benefit the community by improving the functionality and resiliency of government and emergency response activities, and will increase available shelter space to citizens and vulnerable populations. 

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.