Bids Reviewed For New Municipal Bldg

Bids Reviewed For New Municipal Bldg
Posted on 04/18/2019
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The Board of Commissioners (BOC) and staff recognized many issues concerning our present Municipal Building. Before deciding whether a new building was necessary, a professional consultant was retained to do an independent, comprehensive, study and evaluation. They concluded that the existing Municipal Building and site cannot accommodate the space needs of Hampden Township now, much less into the future, with respect to personnel and parking. In addition, required updating of power capacity, technology, security, HVAC, and other deficiencies cannot reasonably or cost effectively be accomplished. 

The decision to proceed with the architectural design phase was based upon internal evaluations and the consultant’s recommendations. The current Municipal Building was constructed in 1962, when Hampden’s population was less than a quarter of its present size at approximately 6,600 and had less staff requirements. Three renovations and expansions took place over the decades. The study showed that no realistic opportunity exists for further expansion of the current Municipal Building as the structure and parking lot already significantly exceed the maximum allowable lot coverage under current ordinances. 

The Board decided to proceed with determining, in detail, actual space requirements and a design to accommodate those needs. Based on that, a reasonable estimate of costs could be determined. Kimmel Bogrette Architecture was retained to develop a site layout and building design for a new Municipal Building. The site is located on S. Sporting Hill Road across the street from the existing Municipal Building on land owned by the Township. The new Municipal Building will provide functional office and meeting space for the following departments: Administration, Community Development, Finance/Utility Billing, Public Works administrative staff and the Police Department. It will also provide meeting space for the BOC and other boards, commissions and authorities to conduct business and hold public meetings as well as for Hampden Township’s elected Tax Collector and the Capital Region Council of Governments (under a long-term lease with the Township). 

Hampden Township is seeking competitive bids for construction costs of the new municipal building. Once the bids are received and evaluated, the BOC may award construction contracts at their May 2 meeting. The public is invited to this meeting.

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