Engineer sought for major comm. center repairs
At their Sept.19 meeting, Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted unanimously to seek a construction manager for $2.5 million in repairs needed at the community center. “Nobody that’s applying for this job should have had anything to do with what’s there now,” suggested resident Barry Roth. “I can guarantee that,” responded Commissioner Michael Hudak.
The community center, built 10 years ago at a cost of $10.3 million, needs $2.5 million in repairs, according to Entech Engineering’s Ryan Kennedy. The biggest problem he flagged is the metal roof over the facility’s natatorium, where gutters were improperly sloped, leading to pockets of standing water that seep into the building.
In July, commissioners authorized Kennedy to begin engineering on 15 high-priority projects that must be addressed immediately.
The construction manager, who will be selected by November, will serve as township advocate and “ensure the project is completed safely, professionally, on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of workmanship and craftsmanship.
Included among these repairs is an ultraviolet water-treatment system to reduce chloramines in the air at the indoor pool. Chloramines are a byproduct of the chlorine used in pools, and cause an odor noticed in nearly all indoor pools. In addition to removing this odor, Township Manager Melissa Shafer reported that ultraviolet reduces the need for chlorine, which saves money.
In other business, commissioners unanimously voted to approve minor modifications for the new McDonald’s at Bethlehem Plaza, as well as entrance into Bethlehem Plaza. They also agreed to give St. Luke’s an extension until November for landscaping and other streetscape improvements along Freemansburg Avenue.