Pavilion reconstruction sailing smoothly

FAIRFIELD — It may have faced a series of road blocks along the way, but the reconstruction of Penfield Pavilion has been smooth sailing as of late.

Building Committee Chairman Jim Bradley said the project is about three weeks ahead of schedule, and still on budget with the owner’s contingency “substantially untouched.”

“In general, all is going well,” Bradley said.

The building has been shuttered since the foundation suffered damage in Superstorm Sandy in October, 2012. The $7.4 million cost is offset by a 75 percent Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement, a $1.75 million insurance settlement and $1.4 million in town money.

Plans called for the project to be finished by December, with the building ready for occupancy next January.

Bradley said the east wing of lockers is about 60 percent complete. He said what is needed to complete the new locker wing is to connect it to the west wing, but that can’t be done until the west wing is moved back into place

The original locker wing was demolished, and the west wing moved into the parking lot while a new foundation was installed. Bradley said that move is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 26.

After two years of meeting twice a month in order to get the project on track, Bradley said the committee has cut back to once a month.

“The only current agenda item is to add more landscaping, if we can hold to the current contingency amount,” Bradley said.

greilly@ctpost.com