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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX 27 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Architect RGB did the planning of the North Providence Public Safety Complex and Ahlborg Construction carried it out as the general contractor on the job. The Breeze asked representatives from both companies to offer thoughts on getting the job done well, both on time and within budget. David DeQuattro, RGB Architects of Providence When RGB first started the project, they had a very tight budget, said DeQuattro. Every spending item had to go to the U.S. Department of Justice and couldn't exceed the plan by even a dime. That lack of wiggle room is why RGB decided, along with town officials, to separate the preliminary site work, or pad ready component. A discovery of serious ledge during that early work would have blown the budget, he said, but Johnston-based J.R. Vinagro was able to easily was able to easily break away material that was more like shale. "We got it right, or maybe lucky," said DeQuattro. The end result of doing the site work separately and not finding ledge, he said, was savings to the town of some $2 million. It made it easier for a con- tractor to put up a building, shortening Architect, contractor reflect on monumental job By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor the project window from 18 months to 13 months and bringing in a different selection of bidders. Final bids were only about $20,000 apart. DeQuattro said RGB is very happy with the final outcome, saying the out- side blends together two public safety divisions and the inside functions well to accommodate both employees and town residents. There is also blending inside, with shared weight rooms and dispatch centers. The exterior plaza and interior court- room/community room provide the key public components of a facility designed to let residents know this is a place to go beyond when you're com- mitting a crime. Ultimately, said DeQuattro, RGB wanted to design a structure "that was monumental as a municipal building" for the next 80 to 100 years, something the town hadn't had seen Town Hall was built. This is a real police station rather than the converted restaurant officers previously operated out of. There's functionality throughout this building, from a glass coating in the front that allows the rain to naturally wash the windows to a rain screen panel out back to protect the building from the elements and reduce the need for maintenance. Back inside, the community room can open independently of police and fire, and there are secure doors throughout. The dispatch center is designed to eventually accommodate dispatch from other communities if so desired. Glenn Ahlborg, Ahlborg Construction Corp. of Warwick Ahlborg said the company is very proud to have served the town as the general contractor in charge of con- struction on the new safety complex. "It seems like yesterday when we competitively bid for the construction and interviewed with town officials in April of 2018," he said. "Upon final- izing a construction contract, we broke ground in June of 2018 and substan- tially completed the construction just 13 months later in July of this year." This "huge achievement" was a team effort, he said, "and along with our key staff, our subcontractors, RGB Architects, Mayor Lombardi and his staff, Col. David Tikoian, Fire Chief John Silva and Communications Director Ralph Nahigian all played an important and meaningful role during the construction and decision-making process." Added Ahlborg, "We wish the resi- dents of North Providence along with the men and women who will serve in this new fantastic facility much success for generations to come," he said. BREEZE PHOTO BY BOB EMERSON ZACHARY COSTA, left, and PEDRO SARAIVA, of Ahlborg Construction, prepare a section of sidewalk in the rear of the new safety complex for the last concrete pour of the project last week. 420 Mendon Road, Cumberland (401) 333-5855 YOUR BEST DECISION AFTER A COLLISION Fast Knowledgeable Friendly Auto Body & Repair Auto Maintenance Congratulations on Your New Safety Facility

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