M'ville Stormwater Utility site could be finished in December

2013-10-07T17:07:00Z 2013-10-07T23:25:12Z M'ville Stormwater Utility site could be finished in DecemberChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
October 07, 2013 5:07 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville Stormwater Utility officials appear eager to occupy the department's resource center that's under construction.

Utility officials visit the site at 7404 Broadway "almost every day" to check on the progress, said Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility.

The project, which will cost about $850,000, started in July.

Lake said weather has been cooperative, and the 6,800-square-foot structure is on schedule to be finished in early December.

He said stormwater officials continue planning for the transition from the utility's temporary office to the new building.

"We're moving forward," Lake said, "It's nice to visually see the building aspect of it."

Besides providing a location for stormwater operations and storage  of the utility's equipment, the center will be used to host public educational programs and workshops.

The Pangere Corp., the contractor for the project, has placed brick and stone on the exterior of the structure, which also will include a metal roof and siding.

Joe Fish, a compliance officer with the Stormwater Utility, said the siding work could start soon.

Lake said frames for offices and other rooms in the building have been created. Workers are currently installing drywall for the rooms and completing electrical and plumbing work.

Prior to the construction, a drainage pond was created on the property. Fish said the pond will be enhanced by the town after the building is finished.

Lake said the Stormwater Utility partnered with Merrillville's Public Works Department, which is adjacent to the stormwater resource center property.

Public Works is using a portion of the land at 7404 Broadway to extend its storage areas.

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