Municipal p 1 2-11-21

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The gable ends of the main building have a design done in black bricks. Downes Construction Company LLC photos.

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Library, above. Right: Sheetrock work cranking. Lower right: Working in the library. Downes Construction Company LLC photos.

project on
fast track
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM --- Sweeping his hand toward the Municipal Complex under construction, Tom Sheard, Downes Construction Company LLC, said: "We're doing well, making a lot of progress considering the weather."
Despite bitter cold and snow Sheard said the project is still on time and under budget.
Officials anticipate the project will be ready by late summer.
In fact, eager town officials and departments are already looking at furniture. "We're far enough along that we're talking furniture," said Town Administrator Elaine Sistare.
Almost all of the sheetrock is in, including some double walls of sheetrock. Sheard said a good bit of the mechanicals, electrical and plumbing/fire suppression are finished.
Coming up are tests for the ducts. He anticipates that the main staircase will be installed Feb. 22 and the elevator will be installed Feb. 15-16.
Upstairs the building committee and town officials on the tour last week checked out the large community room. It has retractable walls so it can be divided into two smaller rooms. Next door is a prep kitchen. Sistare said the town is working with Meals on Wheels to set up a meal program. The meals can be heated in the prep kitchen.
The library section on the first floor has all of its sheetrock done, as well as most of the mechanicals. Plans call for a wavy wooden ceiling to be installed.
Significant progress has been made, under the plastic outer wall, on the brick work. Sheard said Dexter Masonry has finished 70 percent of the main building brickwork. The only wall left to be bricked is the south wall, facing School Street. When the main building is finished, the crews will move on to the library section.


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