Boone County Government Center construction moving along

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 5:34 p.m. CDT; updated 6:04 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

COLUMBIA – Construction on the third floor of the Boone County Government Center and the Johnston Paint and Decorating Building is moving steadily forward, the Boone County Commission confirmed at a meeting Wednesday morning.

Architect Amanda Norris with Simon Oswald Architecture said the project is 24 percent complete.

To discuss the project, Norris met with members of the commission, including Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson; Aubrey Weger, the county representative for the construction project; and representatives from GBH Builders Inc.

Bob Davidson, facility manager for the county, said the project is “going very well.” The “contractor’s doing a fine job,” he said. He added that the new additions and renovations will be a better use of space for county departments and employees.

The county counselor will move from the Johnson Building to the new third floor of the government center building, 801 E. Walnut St. The human resources, purchasing and facilities management departments will move from the Johnson Building, 601 E. Walnut St., to the Johnston Paint Building, 613 E. Ash St., Davidson said.

Attendees at the meeting verified construction timelines and discussed the stair construction, laying tile, piping and wiring.

During discussion of cutting and constructing stairs, people asked about noise levels and potential distractions to employees on the first and second levels of the government center. Weekends, late evenings or holidays were proposed as possible times to do some of the louder work.

Pearson said if construction of stairs has to be done during normal business hours, it will be “the noise of progress.”

Construction began on June 30 and is proposed to be complete May 20, 2011. Wednesday’s meeting marked day 77 of the project’s progress.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 13 in the Commission Chambers of the Boone County Government Center.

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