Skip to content

Renovations planned for water filtration plant

March 17, 2015

by Tiffany Pearson

The city is moving forward on plans to renovate the water filtration plant in Feura Bush. The Board of Contract & Supply on Tuesday, approved a proposal to seek bids for the $900,000 project.

Feura Bush Filtration Plant/Bill Duell

Feura Bush Filtration Plant/Bill Duell

The renovation project calls for replacement of the exterior walls with new bricks, repairs of the building’s membrane roof – a form of a plastic roof cement used to prevent leakage – and rebuild the stairs with new concrete, said Christopher Quirk, chief fiscal officer of the Albany Department of Water and Water Supply.

Engineers will evaluate and award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder, said William Simcoe, the deputy commissioner at Albany Water & Water Supply.

Some 24 lab workers, maintenance staff and operators work at the site which provides fresh water to residents of Albany, Bethlehem and Guilderland. The water from the Alcove Reservoir is treated with chlorine to disinfect for safety.   The reservoir has a capacity of 13.5 billion gallons.

The last masonry work on the buildings including work on the walls, stairs and roof, was completed in 1990.

“The building has deteriorated over a long period of time,” said Quirk. Employees have been advised to avoid the stairs at the main entrance of the building, he said, “it’s too dangerous.”

Christopher Quirk, chief fiscal officer of Albany Water & Water Supply/Tiffany Pearson

Christopher Quirk, chief fiscal officer of Albany Water & Water Supply/Tiffany Pearson

It is getting to the point where parts of the building need to be repaired, according to Bill Duell, the assistant chief operator at the filtration plant.

“The building’s roof was last repaired, and that was three to four years ago,” Duell said.

“The project is long overdue,” Quirk said. “I think it’s great that the project was approved, he said, “we can get it rolling and make the filtration plant a place where people can come and look, see and enjoy.”

Monetary conditions, conduct and performance on previous contracts and the ability to execute the contract properly are factors that determine which contractor is awarded the bid.

Construction will begin once the contract is awarded. The project is expected to take six months to complete.

Bids will be received on April 21 and the contract will be awarded on May 5. -30-

Advertisements

From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: