As move-in nears, city already digging its new digs
Plans to open the new Glenwood Springs City Hall at 101 W. 8th St. on Aug. 5 are right on schedule, said Pat Seydel, project representative for the city.
A temporary certificate of occupancy was granted for the $6 million building, allowing city workers to begin the big move across Grand Avenue. Landscapers, audio-visual installers, furniture movers and carpenters are also busy putting the finishing touches on the building.
Designed by OZ Architecture of Dillon and built by Etkin-Skanska Construction Co. of Littleton, the three-story brick building echoes the architectural themes of the nearby Garfield County Courthouse.
“Office furniture systems are being installed,” Seydel said. “Everything else is painted and built – it’s basically done now.”
The majority of furniture in the new City Hall will be new, he said, as much of the furniture at the old building on Eighth and Cooper is past its prime.
Also, the new parking lot at the old municipal operations center is set to be finished by late July.
“We’re still moving along. I don’t see anything stopping us from opening it on Aug. 5,” Seydel said.
At least one piece of equipment will make the journey to the new City Hall – City Council’s voting display board.
“It’ll look good with the wood,” Seydel said.
The system controlling the board, however, will be replaced.
“They’re going to bring some of the old into the new,” he said.
Before that happens, the old City Hall will host two more City Council meetings, on July 18 and Aug. 1.
City manager Mike Copp said City Hall will be closed Friday, Aug. 2, to allow time for employees to make final moves and because the city’s computers will be down that day while they’re moved.
“We’ll be up and running by Monday (Aug. 5),” he said.
City staffers are excited about the move, Copp said.
“I’m surprised with as many people we’ve had crammed into this place that we haven’t had more problems,” Copp said of the crowded old building.
Copp also said the annual city picnic, where City Council members grill up hot dogs and burgers for residents, will be held in the new civic plaza instead of Sayre Park. Tours of the new City Hall will be given at the cookout.
“We’re looking at doing that in mid-August,” he said.
Definitive plans for the cookout will be announced at the July 18 City Council meeting.
“People here are excited every time they look at the new space,” Copp said. “It’s good. We’ll have a little municipal complex and the county, the city, everybody will be there.”
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