By Nancy Covert
DuPont’s new civic center is “on schedule,” according to City Manager Bill McDonald. Progress on the City’s new 34,000 sq. ft. facility, off Center Drive, can be viewed daily. The administration building measures 10,100 sq. ft, with its “clock tower motif”, while the public safety facility measures 24,607 sq. ft.
All buildings are expected to be finished ahead of schedule by next March, McDonald added.
Panattoni of Seattle is general contractor for the project that encompasses a little over seven acres. The $17 million price tag does not include the price of land, McDonald said. The total site encompasses about 14 acres, with the present development occupying about half of that acreage. Pads are in place for two more buildings, McDonald said, adding that the city’s master plan includes room for a new museum and a library.
The space is there for “when we need to grow.”
The new Civic Center will contain planning and city administration offices, while police, fire, and emergency services will occupy the other building. The city’s public works crew will remain in old DuPont.
There’s a big party in the works for next March, McDonald added, and tours of the facilities will be available “probably before we start moving.”