Construction of the Deep River Housing Authorities 18 unit addition to the existing 26 unit Kirtland Commons senior affordable housing, located at 60 Main Street, is nearing completion. The DRHA received funding for the project in 2014 through the State of Connecticut Department of Housing Champ V grant. The project scope focused on the addition of new, highly energy efficient one bedroom apartments, addition of a new elevator, and the renovation of the existing building, replacing windows with new Energy Star rated windows, increasing the amount of insulation around the building’s exterior, replacing the vinyl siding with new fiber cement siding, and a new higher efficiency building heating system converting from oil to natural gas.
The project broke ground in April 2016 with general contractor LaRosa Building Group, of Meriden, CT leading the construction. Buchanan Architects came on to the project in August of 2016, after the original project architect left the project. We assigned Project Architect Brian Cleveland to oversee the project to completion.
We immediately started to review the drawings to become familiar with the project but it quickly became evident that certain building code requirements were not integrated into the original construction documents for the building. We worked closely with Deep River Building Department to identify areas of the design that required revisions to bring the building into compliance with the building code. We reviewed and coordinated these changes with the contractor to mitigate any cost increases caused by the changes. The revisions needed to be completed quickly because the delivery of the precast concrete floor system was schedule in only a few weeks . Framing of the building would immediately follow the erection of the precast concrete system and delays would result in unnecessary costs to the DRHA.
Revisions to the drawings were completed and framing was able to start on time and the project has been moving forward at a steady pace, now only a few weeks away from substantial completion. Last week we received confirmation from New Ecology that the project will likely receive a nearly $50,000 grant for achieving a Tier 2 HERS Rating. Final commissioning of the Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) and other building systems is required to complete the HERS rating of the addition. Apartments have been finished and cleaned and are waiting on the final corridor connection of the existing building to the new before residents are allowed to move in.