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Look Ahead – Week of June 28 to July 4, 2020

Overall Project Status

The project is holding steady at 99+-percent complete. As noted over the past two-months, the impacts of COVID-19 led to a revised Substantial Completion date that now stands at July 9, 2020.

This past week showed a fifth straight week of no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on the site.

Punch list work is substantial complete. All efforts are now focused on project closeout that includes the closeout of numerous (>25 permits) with the Department of Permitting Services.

COVID-19 Precautions

The COVID precautions employed by Clark Construction, (builder), Stonebridge Carras, (Developer), and O’Connell & Lawrence, Inc., has paid significant dividends as the project has gone five-consecutive weeks without a positive COVID test result.

Lot 13

Lot 13 is being rebuilt to restore the parking availability that was taken by the worksite. A new thoroughfare between Triangle Lane and Grandview is being created, new ADA compliant sidewalks are being built, new paving installed, meters will be removed, and a new revenue collection system will be installed.

This effort will double the surface-lot parking capacity over what existed during the past 37-months of construction.

Please expect intermittent closures of the Lot 13 as DOT undertakes this construction. All work related to this effort is expected to be completed by July 9, 2020.

Office Building Status

Construction is complete and the project is in the closeout phase, except as noted below.

  • Elevator cars #7 and #8 (garage service elevators) will be inspected this week by the Maryland Elevator Inspector.
  • Systems furniture (workstations) installation is complete.
  • Training room furniture will arrive and be installed this week.

Move in will begin with 37-employees with the MNCPPC IT force beginning July 20 and completing by the end of July.

The balance of the moves for MNCPPC and Montgomery County departments is expected to start in late-July and continue through August.

Moving boxes are being distributed.

The building tenants include:

  • Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)
  • Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (MCDPS)
  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP)
  • Mid-County Regional Services Center - Wheaton Urban District
  • Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF)
  • Montgomery County Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Montgomery County Department of Recreation (REC)
Building IT System
  • Installation of a Passive Optical Network (PON) is 90-percent complete and tracking to complete in mid-July.
  • The eighth-floor Data Center is fully commissioned and being outfitted with IT racks.
  • DTS will begin installation of electronics in the 8th floor data room this week.
Security System
  • Installation of the building Security System is 95-percent complete.
  • Installation of the garage security system will start this upcoming week.
Town Square
  • The Town Square is complete except for installation of the Security System.
  • The Town Square will be open to public use upon installation, activation, and testing of the Security System. This is envisioned by late-July.