Delays plague Sherman firehouse

Winter storms have brought unanticipated delays in the expansion and renovation of the Sherman firehouse.

Twenty-five days of work were lost due to weather, according to the general contractor, Merit Associates. Additional delays occurred in the delivery of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment. The completion date is now targeted for May, said town selectman Ed Hayes. Work being done is concentrated on the inside of the building. Merit Associates has increased the size of the crews currently working to make up for some lost time. Remaining exterior work of minor trim, sidewalks and the finished layer of blacktop on the parking lot, as well as landscaping, should be completed in April.

The expansion of the firehouse from 8,000 to 17,000 square feet was started in July 2009.

A series of problems have plagued the project.

Specifications by architects Silver/Petrucelli & Associates of Hamden were not complete when the project was put out to bid.

Then, hoped-for federal grants did not come through, causing the geo-thermal heating system planned for the firehouse to be scrapped.

A traditional heating system is being installed instead.

Susan Tuz