The Construction Services Division has filled a niche in the organization for the general contracting of projects from, $10,000 to $2,000,000, which are performed in-house. They implement a variety of city projects with teamwork from various Public Works Divisions, utilizing its equipment to accomplish tasks in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. They use our low bid, on-call contractors to perform projects or a combination of city crews and on-call contractors. The Construction Services Division works on a variety of projects including road rehabilitation, bridge construction, building renovations, drainage, and construction management of large city projects.
The Construction Services Division team consists of three positions; the Superintendent, Construction Manager, and Assistant Construction Manager. We pride ourselves on completing our projects on time and within budget. Each of the Division's staff has over thirty years of experience in the construction industry, trades, and public works projects.
Highway/right-of-way permits and bond requirements are also issued through the Construction Services Division. Approximately 247 Highway/R.O.W. permits were issued this fiscal year with over $14,000 in permit fees and over $151,000 in highway bonds collected. The permitting process requires coordination, teamwork and has many facets; certificates of occupancy inspections, infrastructure inspections for roads, sidewalks, driveways, and public utilities inclusive of underground gas, electrical, and water services.
Our Accomplishments FY 2020 to 2021
Construction Services Division's responsibilities include administrating, managing and inspecting multiple programs including building construction, bridge restoration and repair, facilities repair, infrastructure repair, replacement and/or restoration and providing vital services to the public at large. We work closely with the Engineering Division in the development and execution of many different projects daily.
- The Ellen Levy Animal Control Facility has been successfully completed. This project was administrated and managed in-house by the Construction Services Division and is fully operational. This project was completed on schedule and within budget. We would like to express our gratitude to the Levy family for their generous donation to this project.
- Construction Services, using our on-call sports facility consultant J.J.A. Sports, LLC, developed the design of the replacement of three artificial fields; Kaplanis Field, Perry Field and Danbury High School Field. These three Capital Projects are funded through the SNAPP2020 Bond.
- Construction Services developed the plans and specifications of Phase I and Phase II for the Hearthstone Castle Hazardous Materials Abatement. Phase I has been completed and Phase II is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2021.
- Construction Services, working with the City Engineer and City Planning Department, has developed plans, specifications and bid documents for Phase I of the Downtown Danbury T.O.D. Streetscape Renaissance Project. The construction was administered and managed by this Division on schedule and within budget. We are continuing to assist with the development and final plans of the Phase II Main Street portion of this project.
- Balmforth Avenue Sidewalk and Intersection of Balmforth and Osborne Traffic Improvements: Construction Services, working with the City Engineer and Engineering Department, developed the plans and bid documents for this CDBG-funded project, which has been administrated and managed by Construction Services.
- Construction Services is working with the Engineering Division, City Engineer and Architect in design meetings for the Ellsworth Avenue School Addition. Construction Services is administrating and managing this project.
The Construction Services Division facilitates and manages all of the city rights-of-way work including maintenance, upgrade, and expansion of Eversource Energy public utilities of underground gas and electrical services. Extensive work performed in the city rights-of-way and across city streets by the utility companies requires specialized inspection. Constant oversight dialog with all contractors is required to protect the municipality's infrastructure. This work is performed in-house by staff personnel in coordination with the public utility and permitted contractors.
In the future, the Division looks forward to being a successful part of the Director's continuing initiative of performing more in-house work and to further the development of our ability to complete in-house management of infrastructure and Capital Improvement Projects. In-house management of projects translates into the savings of tax dollars. Construction Services looks forward to the continued growth of this Division and is proud to serve as part of the Public Works Department.