The city recently opened a new 25,440-square-foot city hall adjacent to the Police Department on Gorman Street, creating a centralized city campus.

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Update March 30: City Hall Construction

Updated: 05/05/2017

The new city hall is really beginning to take shape with almost all of the exterior finishes, such as brick and metal paneling, installed.  Windows are being installed slowly due to the potential for them to be broken during construction.

Interior Lobby under constructionFrom a quick view of the exterior yesterday, you can get a pretty good understanding of what the building is going to look like. It seems especially impressive to note how nicely the new structure flows in connection to the existing police department building. The brick coloring and window wells appear fairly seamless. 

Inside, nearly all of the heating and cooling system, electrical cabling, communications cabling and fire suppression is complete.  Drywall was installed on almost all walls and some ceilings are now being installed.  Progress in the next few weeks should continue with drywall mudding, tiling and other finishes. 

At this point we are on track for an official opening around July 10.  City staff are likely going to be transitioning between the existing city hall and the new building between July 5 and through the weekend of July 8-9. Stay tuned for details on a grand opening celebration!

  1. Updated: 05/05/2017

Designs and Floor Plans

In April 2016, the City Council approved the following design plans and specifications:

Financing

In March 2016, the City Council approved a financing plan that would require no tax increase to fund the proposed new city hall building. The plan includes a mix of internal transfers and an interfund loan to cover the estimated $8.5 million cost. The city would not have to bond for the construction project, minimizing the financial impact to taxpayers while creating a better customer-service experience.

Construction Management

The City Council hired CPMI for $295,928 as construction manager for the project. CPMI oversaw pre-construction and construction of the city hall building.

Background

The city has been in its downtown building, a former bank, since spring 1993. While the building is in decent condition, its space limitations, security concerns and distance from other city offices can create hassles for residents, contractors, business owners and staff.

In July 2014, the council hired BKV Group to conduct a Feasibility Study [PDF] of the city’s space needs now and into the future, as well as cost estimates of remodeling or adding on to the existing city hall versus constructing a new building. In July 2015, the council directed BKV Group to begin developing architectural plans and construction documents for a new city hall.

Existing city hall building

City staff are looking at options for the current downtown city hall building.