GlobalFoundries inspections to expand beyond Malta Building Department

"You only get a small window of time to do your job and allow Global to be successful in building their plant," he continued.

"If you don't set precedence now, you don't want to be reading in the paper or seeing on the news why life safety became an issue," said Gene Paolini, former building inspector in Roseville, Calif., via conference call.

Matthew Jones, local attorney representing GlobalFoundries, said he appreciated efforts to bring all parties to the table.

"My sense is that the Building and Planning Department is overloaded. No one anticipated this would dominate the Building Department as much as it has, and what no one is disagreeing with is that they need more staff Both sides have an interest in doing it efficiently as well as safely," he said.

Jones did caution against throwing all elements of the IBM Fishkill plans out the window without thoroughly examining the situation first.

"It is a shift in philosophy, and we just want to pay attention to that going forward," he said.

Rick Whitney, of GlobalFoundries' construction manager M+W Zander, said that it's clear changes need to be made going forward.

"The volume of information is tremendous," he said. "[East Fishkill has] a different model, and we believed that model would work here."

The project is continuing to move along an aggressive timeline. Permits for construction of the foundation have already been issued, and permits for some temporary structures are about to go out. In the extremely competitive and fast-moving chip manufacturing industry, speed is of the essence, and it's often up to host communities to provide the checks needed to ensure safe practices will be in place.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure is especially appropriate for a high-tech facility," Tozzi said.


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