Columbia city staff moves into new city hall addition

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST
Jennifer Hudson, an engineering aide at the Public Works Department, unpacks a box in the engineering cubicles during the move at Columbia City Hall on Monday.

COLUMBIA — By Friday, floors two through five of the Daniel Boone City Building will be vacant.

City staff members began moving into the $22 million new addition to existing Daniel Boone City Building on Monday . Administration and engineering divisions of the Public Works Department spent the day moving from their offices into the new five-floor, 72,000-square-foot city hall addition.

Feb. 15 City Council Meeting:

  • 6:00 p.m.: Decommission of the old chamber on the fourth floor
  • Columbia Fire Department color guard will remove the flags
  • Procession to the new council chamber
  • 6:30 p.m.: Formal dedication of the new chamber
  • 7:00 p.m.: City Council meeting begins

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“I would call this a capstone building project to create a one-stop shop for citizens wanting to do business with the city of Columbia,” Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said. “With one place for business, communication between the departments will improve.”

The Protective Inspection Division will move on Wednesday, followed by the Planning Department on Thursday. The city administration, Law Department and city clerk’s office currently have boxes stacked and are ready for their move on Friday.

Offices are set up so that the IT Department can just walk over telephones and computers to be plugged in right away. Phone lines will have little to no disruption of service as it will only take five to 10 minutes to relocate.

St. Romaine anticipates all moves into the new building to be complete by the end of March. Due to snow delaying the concrete pours for the outdoor public plaza, it will not be finished until early spring.

Within two to three weeks, a temporary opening will connect the two buildings on the first floor for the public. The addition can be accessed from the outside through the marked path on the public plaza.

Once the department transition is complete, the floors two through five of the Daniel Boone City Building will be renovated.

“Floors two through five will be gutted on the interior and office space will be made to match the style, design and colors of the new addition,” St. Romaine said. “You will be able to walk in one connected building and not know which side is the addition.”

Renovations are expected to be completed by 2011.

The public can attend the first Columbia City Council meeting in the new chamber, which will include the decommission of the old chamber, on Feb. 15.

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