Fort Johnstown Annex renovations may start this year

JOHNSTOWN – An Oneida County firm may start exterior improvements to the Fort Johnstown Annex building this year, but finish next year, Fulton County officials say.

The county opened bids for the project on Aug. 24 for the exterior project. The Fort Johnstown Annex – an old Colonial-era jail facility – is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is still utilized by the county’s Planning Department and Personnel Department.

The Board of Supervisors last week awarded a $215,891 low bid to Lupini Construction Inc. of Utica. The bid is for an exterior renovation at the county’s historic annex on East Montgomery Street as part of the county’s 2016 capital plan.

Work will eventually include repainting, brick work and fascia projects. Officials say an old red painting job resulted in the annex building having some problems in recent decades with moisture trapped under the paint.

“We’re going to have a pre-construction meeting in the next week or so,” county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said Monday.

Yost asked supervisors to establish a project contingency allowance of $25,000 in order to address field change orders for any “unforseen circumstances” that may arise.

Seven bids were received, ranging from Lupini’s low bid of $215,891 to a high bid of $484,000 by Ganem Contraction Corp. of Round Lake, Saratoga County.

Yost said the hope is to “get started” on construction at the annex this construction season, and finish up the project next spring.

Fulton County previously planned a $270,000 capital project for 2016 at the annex. The county also previously approved an $18,500 agreement with DM Romeyn Civil Engineering Design of Gloversville to do detailed engineering work for the county on the annex.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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