Washington City Council approves design for new City Hall and Police Department buildings

The schematic design for the new Washington City Hall and Police building have been approved by the Washington City Council with a tentative start construction date in August.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Kristofer Orth from Design Alliance presented and discussed the floor plan for the new building. Orth said his team had been working on the design since November and were ready to bring it forward for approval.

On the exterior of the building, Orth explained they would add brick to the base of the structure to increase durability. To remain cost-efficient, the rest of the walls will have metal wall panels to match the fire station building.

Additional parking will be added as well with the east side dedicated to staff and city council and 19 stalls on the west side of the building for public parking. A drive-up drop-box also will be added for utility payments.

Inside the building, the City Hall and Police Department will be separated by a card access door for safety and security reasons. The PD will be getting a locker room complete with showers and storage, and the city hall side will have its own bathroom.

Orth predicted the construction for the City Hall and Police Department would be completed in two five-month phases. He said once the fire station construction is completed, they will move into their new space while phase one, demolition and construction on the City Hall portion of the building, takes place. Upon completion, phase two, demo and construction of the Police Department, will begin.

Phase one of construction for the new building is tentatively set to begin Aug. 14, 2019, at an approved cost of $1,579,917.