FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
December 18, 2012
County Executive MaryEllen Odell to Cut Ribbon on Reconstructed Parking Deck
Visitors to Putnam’s County Office Building in Carmel, especially members of the press coming to cover events, will have an easier time parking once the ribbon is cut re-opening the upper portion of the layered parking deck located behind the 40 Gleneida Avenue building.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will do the honors on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10:00 a.m. and the media is cordially invited to inspect the approximately 70 new visitor and employee parking spaces.
The project included the demolition and replacement of 600 cubic yards of reinforced concrete for the 22,400 square-foot slab using a high performance mix design. It was initiated once it was found that the reinforcing steel and decking for the original structure showed signs of severe corrosion.
Commissioner of Highways Fred Pena said the biggest obstacle in the approximately $600,000 project was preparing the edges of the original concrete slab to blend with and meet those of the newly constructed portion. Pena will accompany the County Executive as she cuts the ribbon.
“The existing concrete slab was saw cut one foot from the inside face of the parapet walls,” said Pena, “and demolition was performed using robotic jack hammers.”
Auditing Dept. clerk Eileen Barrett’s 3rd floor office overlooks the construction site. “No one is going to miss the sound of those jack hammers,” she said as she pointed out the new rooftop parking spaces from her office window.
Decking and shear studs were removed and replaced as needed and a new epoxy coated rebar was spliced prior to concrete placement. The new concrete was then cured using a heating system and insulating blankets for protection against cold weather. Finally, a penetrating sealer was applied for additional protection.
Existing lights in the lower parking area were removed and replace with energy efficient L.E.D. fixtures.
General contractor for the project is McNamee Construction Corp. Electrical contractor is HVS Electrical Construction Services. Maser Consulting provided engineering design and construction inspection.