Police, city staff to move in January

by: Photo by Holly M. Gill - A crew from Kevin Spencer Masonry, of Bend, installs the pavers that run through the lobby and out the front door of the new Madras City Hall-Police Station. The facility is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The new Madras City Hall-Police Station is on pace for completion by the end of the year, with city and police staff planning to move into the facility in January 2013.
   "It's going to be a beautiful building," said project superintendent Kenny Rice, of CS Construction of Bend.
   According to Rice, most of the work has moved indoors, where workers are putting down carpet tiles and other flooring, completing electrical installation, and applying finishes to walls and surfaces.
   "It's been a fun project; everything's gone basically according to plan," he said Monday. "That's always a good sign."
   Started in February, the $5.4 million project includes a 14,800-square-foot building, designed by Steele Associates Architects. A lobby divides the 7,060-square-foot city hall offices and council chamber on the west side of the building from the 5,910-square-foot police station on the east side.
   Outside the building, crews have finished installing all pavers, which simulate the look of three rivers coming together -- reminiscent of the confluence of the Metolius, Crooked and Deschutes rivers in Jefferson County at The Cove.
   Installation of pavers around the Thomas Tucker memorial is complete and accessible to the public. The nearby veterans memorial, directly in front of the building on E Street, will be reinstalled in the next two weeks, said Rice. Landscaping should also be done at that time, and crews are currently adding outdoor lighting to the plaza in front and parking lot in back.
   Also in the back, a covered parking area will offer protection for police vehicles on the southeast side of the building. Police officers will have their own entrance and exit on Fourth Street.
   City Administrator Gus Burril said that city officials have been regularly meeting with the contractor to check on the progress of the project.
   "It's coming together per plan and we're excited for it," he said. "It will be a great addition to the community. The police department is going to be properly equipped to do their business."
   Although the project will be substantially complete by the end of the month, the city is allowing time for the contractor to finish the usual "punch list" before moving in. Furniture delivery is scheduled for Jan. 14.
   "Right now we've scheduled Jan. 18 to start the move," said Burril. "The first day that we open doors for business will be Jan. 22."
   The current city hall and police station will be demolished, but the city first needs to go through a request for proposal process.
   "I think it will probably be within 90 days of our moveout," said Burril, noting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted the city $350,000 to raze the buildings, which are located in the Willow Creek floodway, and considered seismically unsafe.
   "We cannot have a permanent structure located on the lot, because it's in the floodway and flood plain," he said, adding that it will likely be used for a parking lot.
   The city anticipates a grand opening in late January or early February. "We're progressing on schedule and pleased with the contractor's progress," said Burril. "We look forward to a grand opening soon."
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