Company expects completed police station by spring

Company expects completed police station by spring

Regan Aghdam, of Sugrue and Associates, said after picking up the job halfway through its construction, the Scituate Police Station will be complete by the spring. He said delays on structural issues from previous work done on the building pushed back the completion date from the end of 2019 to this spring. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – Three months into corrective work on the Scituate Police Station, Project Manager Regan Aghdam of Sugrue and Associates says the bulk of the job is done, and he now expects an early spring completion date.

During a walk-through of the 7,500-square-foot building last Wednesday, Jan. 15, Aghdam told The Valley Breeze & Observer that it is not a common or simple proposition to enter a project halfway through construction, and workers needed to evaluate the structure to ensure it is up to code as a commercial building and for ADA compliance.

“That was the main bulk of it, the corrective work, getting any existing issues straightened out,” Aghdam said.

Aghdam reiterated that work was done incorrectly inside and outside the station.

Out front, workers re-graded the parking lot, replaced existing sidewalks to be ADA compliant, lowered the awning, and replaced the vinyl siding with wooden clapboard.

Four-cylinder posts block the front entrance from cars ramming through the front doors. That addition is a gift to the town from Sugrue, Aghdam said.

“We’re really trying to do our best to work with the town and to keep costs low,” Aghdam said.

Inside, the double-door entry system was removed to lower costs, as well as creating a smaller ballistic window to interact with dispatch. All the building windows were replaced at a “considerable price difference,” said Aghdam, or around $46,000 more for stronger windows that are resistant to hurricane winds.

Contractors widened several hallways and doorways to be ADA compliant as well, Aghdam said, adding, “Everything is accessible to the handicapped.”

Sugrue added extra insulation in walls where plumbing lines run, adding additional protection for the winter, when lines may freeze and cause damage.

Rumors around town that the previous work failed to include a vapor barrier on the floor were true, said Aghdam, and Sugrue is repairing floor cracks throughout the building.

Aghdam explained that cracks formed while the concrete slab settled and dried. He said the station is above the water table, so there should not be any issues with flooding.

In the attic, the ceiling trusses were reinforced to withstand higher winds.

The cellblock area was modified to one bunk per cell and is still waiting on an engineer to design HVAC systems, lights and cameras. Aghdam said reducing the bed count was intentional to stay under building occupancy numbers requiring sprinkler systems.

“It’s a weird technicality,” he said.

In the rear of the building, workers cleared out space for the new 140-foot communication tower going up next month.

Aghdam said the water and septic system, which ties into the Scituate Senior Center next door, is nearly completed as well. He said the station is waiting for one or two more tanks.

“That will really get all the heavy lifting done and out of the way,” he said.

What’s left will be finishing work, he said, leaving the station in “really good shape.”

Aghdam said he does not anticipate many, if any, more delays in construction.

Town Council President James Brady said he is “hopefully optimistic” that Sugrue completes construction by spring.

After the previous Scituate Police Station, at 116 Main St. in Hope, was condemned in November 2017, the town approved a $1.7 million bond to build the new station at 1301 Chopmist Hill Road in January 2018. Former Council President John Mahoney promised that the station would be completed by November that year, and led the Police Station Building Committee as the general contractor.

Construction ceased in November 2018 when Mahoney and three other independents on the council were not re-elected to their positions.

The new Republican Town Council set up a new committee, which soon sent out a request for proposals to finish construction. Sugrue, a Scituate-based company, was selected from five bidders to complete the facility.

Mahoney has defended the work on the station by subcontractors hired by him and the building committee, saying criticism of the work has been politically motivated. While he’s said repeatedly that claims of deficiencies are inaccurate and fabricated, he’s also conceded some truth to them while claiming that they’ve been used to make him look bad.

Private firm Municipal Code Consulting, in a report last March, listed deficiencies in a building that was about 40 percent complete when Mahoney and the other “Independent Men” were voted out of office.

Though Sugrue was not the lowest bidder at $1.2 million to complete the work, PSBC member Al Durand said he felt the company was the most qualified for the job. Using what was left from the initial police station bond, the town needed another $860,000 to pay the tab. Last October, the town again approved spending to complete the station.


The 860 thousand dollar overbudget con job.
Mahoney, the man who single handily almost bankrupt
Scituate will never be forgotten.