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New City Hall Project

Construction Updates for the New City Hall Project

New City Hall front elevation

 

Construction Update: August 28, 2014

The concrete sub-contractor is continuing to excavate and pour the footings for the new building. The masons are in the process of building the foundation walls. It is anticipated that during the beginning or middle of September, Nielsen Builders will begin erecting the structural steel.

Crews have also used some reclaimed limestone from a house the city purchased and demolished as part of the Reservoir Street expansion project. The reclaimed limestone was used to infill some windows and doorways and looks identical to the Municipal Building's original 103 year old exterior. This will make for a beautiful space on the interior of the future atrium.

 

Background Information

There are several goals for the new City Hall. It will be a fully modern building, which utilizes modern systems, materials and technology. This new building will make a statement about our forward thinking and technology-based future. It is our goal to increase the green space and develop more efficient circulation and accessibility of the site. The existing Municipal Building has served as the City's main offices since 1967 with no major upgrades. While it will remain a beautiful historic building in downtown, it is in need of significant upgrades to meet current fire and building codes. 

All of the services from the existing Community Development and Municipal Buildings will be combined into the new City Hall. Once the new construction is complete, the Community Development building will be removed, while the Municipal Building will remain.

Mather Architects, of Harrisonburg, completed the architectural and engineering services for this project and Nielsen Builders, of Harrisonburg, is the general contractor. 

 

 New City Hall Main Street elevation

 

Public Parking

The construction site will temporarily shift some parking for the public. Free public parking is available at the following locations:

  • In front of City Council Chambers or the Community Development building, 409 S. Main St.
  • North of the Municipal Building, in between the Municipal Building and the former School Board Building, which is the closest parking to the Municipal Building's handicapped accessible entrance.
  • Public parking lot behind the Municipal Building, accessible from Liberty Street.
  • On street parking is also available along Main Street.

PDF[784KB] View parking map.

 

Timeline of the Project

Early 2014 Completion of plan, design, and construction documents following public input.
Spring 2014 Advertise for construction bids.
Summer 2014 Award the construction bid and begin construction.
Fall 2015 Completion of construction and transition of staff into the new facility.

 

 

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