Clocks installed at new Lincoln senior housing

Posted Sept. 09, 2010, at 11:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.
Bob Wilson, job superintendant for Perry and Morrill,  tightens the hands in place on one of two electric clocks in the corner tower of the new Penquis Senior Housing building at the corner of Broadway and Main St. in Lincoln, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The clocks have battery back-up and they will automatically reset themselves to the correct time if needed.The project is being undertaken by Perry and Morrill General  Contractor of Bangor. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York
Bob Wilson, job superintendant for Perry and Morrill, tightens the hands in place on one of two electric clocks in the corner tower of the new Penquis Senior Housing building at the corner of Broadway and Main St. in Lincoln, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The clocks have battery back-up and they will automatically reset themselves to the correct time if needed.The project is being undertaken by Perry and Morrill General Contractor of Bangor. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York
Keith Stockley, (L), and Jason Laplante, (R), set one of two electric clocks into the corner tower of the new Penquis Senior Housing building at the corner of Broadway and Main St. in Lincoln, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The clocks have battery back-up and they will automatically reset themselves to the correct time if needed.The project is being undertaken by Perry and Morrill General Contractor of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York)
Keith Stockley, (L), and Jason Laplante, (R), set one of two electric clocks into the corner tower of the new Penquis Senior Housing building at the corner of Broadway and Main St. in Lincoln, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The clocks have battery back-up and they will automatically reset themselves to the correct time if needed.The project is being undertaken by Perry and Morrill General Contractor of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York)

LINCOLN, Maine — They are each 6 feet tall and weigh 565 pounds apiece, but the two new clocks installed at the Lakeview Senior Housing project are really no different from a typical kitchen wall clock, Stephen Mooers said.

Perry & Morrill Inc. carpenters Keith Stockley and Jason LaPlante installed the electrically powered clocks in the clock tower of the $3.5 million, three-story building at West Broadway and Main Street on Thursday.

Mooers, director of housing services for Penquis, the Bangor social service agency that will operate the apartment complex, hopes the new clocks will become the signature portion of the new building.

“They will look good. They will look really good,” Stockley said. “It all just adds something to the building, makes it stand out a little more. As soon as the electricians wire them up, they will be running. It could be tomorrow or next week.”

The facade around the clock faces also needs to be installed.

Built by Electric Time Co. Inc. of Mayfield, Mass., the clocks give the new building a train station feel and added $6,000 or $7,000 to the building’s cost, Mooers said. The clocks are self-correcting, will be illuminated and are built to withstand temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

They also complement the clock tower on the church at the opposite end of Main Street, he said.

The installation took about an hour, Stockley said. The workers had to drill holes for the clocks’ framing and mounting brackets on Thursday, but other than that, the installation went smoothly.

Funded almost entirely by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the 24-unit building is due to be finished in early October.

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