The Haverhill Police Station during construction in 1998, as photographed by engineers.
Roofers were back at the Haverhill Police Station Monday putting on finishing touches aimed at reducing future occurrences of mold growth.
Observers noticed a large crane at the building and roofing materials nearby. Orlando Pacheco, purchasing agent and energy manager, said the last phase of the project required additional venting to achieve better airflow.
“Better air circulation will allow for any moisture to be released,” he told WHAV. The roofing project was bid a year ago before Pacheco began as purchasing agent.
Meadows Construction Co., Newburyport, was awarded the estimated $367,825 project to replace the roof at the 15-year-old building. Pacheco said he is unaware if there were any project cost overruns or savings. Haverhill Police Sergeant Scott A. Ziminski, project manager, could not be reached at press time.
The project is substantially complete, but Pacheco said the city would withhold final payment until final inspections. The building was constructed in 1999 at an initial cost of $6.6 million. Donham & Sweeney, Boston, served as architect; Palladium Construction Corp., Wakefield, was general contractor and DM Berg Consultants, Needham, performed engineering services. A subcontractor declared bankruptcy during construction, delaying the building’s opening a year and after concerns about leaking roofs and poor workmanship.