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New report anticipates community center completed in February

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Marie Godderis/Special to the Town Crier
The new Los Altos Community Center is beginning to take shape, with beam raising, roof framing and more structural tasks checked off the to-do list.

Construction on the Los Altos Community Center stopped for more than a month amid the shelter-in-place orders, but crews are now back at work on the civic center campus. 

According to an April report from Nova Partners – the city’s construction management contractor – remote coordination, procurement and design activities continued while the lockdown prohibited physical work. 

The project schedule was revised, and may be again if further adjustments are required. After suspension of work March 31 through May 4, the original completion target of December has been pushed back to mid-February.

Beyond the restriction on construction, crews faced two additional problems: PG&E capped off a gas line in the street that delayed the project by seven working days, and unforeseen below-grade conditions encountered during demolition prompted another seven-day delay.

“It is highly likely that the completion date will be further revised as impacts due to COVID-19 are evaluated and addressed,” Nova Partners said in the report.

Although the timeline has changed, the budget has not. Of the $38.33 million the Los Altos City Council approved for the project last July, 31% has been used for soft costs, construction hard costs and other expenses, according to charts in the report.

Last month, Nova Partners anticipated that structural steel beam raising, fire sprinkler installation and partial electrical rough-in, roof framing, trusses and metal deck installation, waterproofing vapor barrier installation and fire water piping line installation would take place, with the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety protocols in effect. At that point, exterior and interior wall finishes, library connector site work and parking lot construction and paving should have been checked off the schedule milestone list as well.

The library connector project – set to take five to six weeks but subject to change – began May 26. As of a report from the city of Los Altos issued May 20, no weekend work was expected. The project will result in the elimination of 33 parking spots near the library, including two Americans with Disabilities Act spots, during construction only. The scope of work includes asphalt, concrete, landscaping, irrigation, trenching and lighting, among other elements.

Only one-way traffic is allowed in the southbound direction of the parking lot between the Los Altos History Museum and the main library, and no through traffic is permitted in the northbound direction. A temporary fence and pedestrian pathway will be installed to ensure pedestrians’ safety. Pergola and light pole installation will follow.

For more information on the project, visit bit.ly/2AqfF7u.

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