City Hall construction in Snoqualmie still on pace
January 11, 2009
By Michael Rowe
The late December snowstorms did not cause any significant delays to Snoqualmie’s City Hall building project, according to Public Information Officer Joan Pliego.
Pliego reported that there were a few days in which no work was performed on the City Hall due to the weather and the poor road conditions. Construction workers also did not work on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The construction contract stipulated that Bird Construction of Issaquah, the building contractor, should be prepared for typical weather in the area, as defined by weather patterns over the last twenty years. The December snowstorms were not typical weather for the area, but the bad weather did not lead to a major interruption in construction work. Work on the new City Hall slowed because of the snow, but city departments are scheduled to move in to the new building in April.
Construction workers are performing interior improvements, and installation of the building’s exterior shell is expected to start over the next few weeks.
Construction on the $4.9 million project began in June, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony on June 23, 2008.
The new City Hall will not only provide office space for city government, it will be a central location for the public to access city services and information, according to a June press release on the building. The new City Hall will allow city workers located in five separate buildings to work under one roof. City leaders hope that this will increase the efficiency of the local government.
The building will house the City Council chambers and is designed to offer a public space for civic gatherings.
City leaders also hope that the building will help to revitalize downtown Snoqualmie. The new location will allow the city to sell three of its downtown buildings, which will be prime locations for new retail and businesses in the downtown area.
Another important aspect of the building is that it integrates many environmentally sustainable building techniques. The emphasis on green building goes along with the city’s push for stronger environmental stewardship.
Additional information on the Snoqualmie City Hall project as well sketches of the building are available at the city’s website, www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us.
Reach reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-392-6434 Ext. 248.