Quincy’s Mayor Worley cuts ribbon on new City Hall
Quincy residents have been able to make payments at the new City Hall for a while, and city government administration is mostly moved in, but April 26 was the day for the official opening of the new impressive new facility.
People gathered outside to see Mayor Paul Worley wield giant scissors and cut the ribbon on the centerpiece of the city’s offices in downtown Quincy. The new City Hall, at 104 B St. SW, is on the same ground as the former one, with the police headquarters across the alley to the south, and the Public Services Building on the north, across B Street SW.
Worley asked two officials from the builder, DGR Grant Construction Inc., to stand in with him.
“Thanks for coming out everybody,” Worley said. “We want to thank DGR Construction for doing such a great job on our nice new building. We recommend them to just about anybody.”
Worley cut the ribbon, and shouts and applause broke out. After about a year-and-a-half of demolition and construction, the doors were open for the public to walk around and see the inside.
Standing outside the building his company had just built, DGR Grant Construction Inc.’s president, Tim Doyea, said the City Hall project was not necessarily on the larger side for the company, which is based in the Tri-Cities, but it was a nice change of pace. The company does a lot of government work, a lot of heavy commercial projects, he said.
“It definitely was a fun project for us,” Doyea said.
The city and Architects West were great to work with, he said.
The start of the City Hall project was a little challenge. A live fiber optic line between the old City Hall and the Public Services Building was discovered, halting work until the line could be rerouted. Then there was the super-thick concrete that had to be removed, which was not unexpected. Some chunks from the old City Hall were 4 feet thick.
Most projects have some surprises, Doyea said.
DGR Grant Construction actually built the city’s City Hall and Public Safety Facility at the same time. The company’s superintendent on both projects, Clark Beaver, joked that the construction crews in town for the two projects got to know Idle Hour very well, referring to a popular restaurant and bar in downtown Quincy.
Doyea and Beaver said working on two projects at once in Quincy was a challenge and the scheduling got tricky, but they gave praise all around for people and companies that worked on the project.
“The support was phenomenal,” Beaver said.
Some subcontractors they named were Stetner Electric, of Quincy, Wells and Wade Mechanical, of Wenatchee, and AQC, a painting company based in East Wenatchee. The walnut woodwork in City Hall’s council chambers was done by Advanced Custom Cabinets, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Doyea characterized the rich brown walnut as a higher end finish wood, though not an exotic or imported wood, and getting it right on the curved seating part of the chambers was difficult.
Commenting on the metal vault door that was salvaged from the old City Hall and installed in the new one, Doyea said the city wanted it put in as is, though his company wanted to refinish it.
Attending the opening ceremony, City Administrator Tim Snead said the new building is “something the community can be proud of.”
Snead now shares an office with Worley in the new building, moving over from the police station, where Snead’s office had been since the police facility opened.
Another city employee who has started work in the new City Hall is Justine Schwint, a secretary receptionist. She commented that it’s nice to have more storage space and filing room, and the lobby is nice. She can now better see people as they arrive. And, she noted that the new building has a nice break room, whereas the old City Hall did not.
A couple of former longtime city employees were also attending and touring the new City Hall, Michael Konen, the first city administrator, and a former city clerk, Jean Lindberg.
Executive Assistant Stephanie Boorman, set up in her new office in City Hall, said the Public Services Building now goes back to the way it was before, occupied by the city’s building department, public works offices, engineering and safety offices. The only difference is the recreation department is not there – it is stationed in the Activity Center.
The administration staff, Boorman said, has largely done its move into the new City Hall and is fully functional, though there are still some items left to be moved from the Public Services Building.
The city staff was crowded in the Public Services Building, agreed City Engineer Ariel Belino. He half-jokingly claimed that he had lobbied to get office space in the new building. But with offices not so crowded, he added, “Now we can organize better.”
Belino played a large role in the City Hall project and with the Public Safety Facility, managing the construction and working closely with Beaver of DGR Grant Construction.
The new City Hall cost a bit more than $3.5 million.
By Dave Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org