As new Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach puts the final touches on $27,500 worth of office renovations, El Paso County’s top brass will “work very hard” to get $1 million in renovations to Centennial Hall done under budget, according to county spokesman Dave Rose.
The county commissioners are five of 93 employees who will move to Centennial Hall later this year, as part of a massive county office reshuffling project. Much of the construction will involve reconfiguring space currently used by clerks at counters in the County Clerk & Recorder’s Office into a more administrative setting, Rose said.
The $1 million budget also includes energy efficiency improvements to the building, which is on South Cascade Avenue, and updating lighting and electronics in the hearing room. The county will move most of the sound and video equipment from its current office building at 27 E. Vermijo Ave., along with the existing dais, Rose said. The Parks Advisory Board and other county-affiliated agencies also use the commissioners’ hearing room.
In addition to the commissioners, the county attorney, budget and finance, economic development, administration and public information offices also will relocate to Centennial Hall.
The project hasn’t gone out for bid yet because the work can’t start until the Clerk and Recorder employees have moved to their new office building, the Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road. Rose said he expects commissioners will see agenda items relating to upcoming bids and contracts for the projects this month.