Office Space of new town hall

Guilford Town Hall, A Long Time Coming

With crumbling walls and leaking roof and current space filled to the brim the new town hall and town garage are the best thing to happen to the Town of Guilford. Not only the condition of the old town hall made a new building necessary but, space to house the current town government created many problems. From the supervisor, town clerk, deputy town clerk, assessor, historian, and the town justices plus the needed business equipment, computers, copier, printers and other office equipment and the records and other paperwork, files, file cabinets required to keep the town government operating, all need space. When the current town hall was built in ----there was not the technology of today, and record keeping was not as involved therefore, the office requirements were not as great for space as now. Even the current court room that doubles as a town board meeting area has limited seating and not much room for visitors or spectators let a lone lawyers and defendants during town trial proceedings.
The new 3000 sq.ft town hall on Marble Road is up and soon the interior walls will be installed. Al Doyle, town supervisor stated that an estimated target date for completion is in May. In an interview and tour with Project manager Brian Treffeisen, I viewed a large office area to house all the government agency employees and an office especially for the town justice. There is also a large courtroom facility that will also be available for town board meetings with plenty of space to allow visitors or other presenters. There are also 3 bathrooms included in the building plans and a storage area. The building is heated with propane heat with the furnace in the attic and air conditioning can easily be added at a later date. The building is insulated with blown in fiberglass. The outside will consist of vinyl siding and trim.
Susan McIntyre is Chairperson for the building project committee. This committee was formed by the Town Board to provide oversight, direction, and guidance for the design and construction of the new buildings. During our interview she added that the building is smaller than the original plans. This was necessary in order to stay within budget. Cost of building had increased since the initial plans were presented as material prices rose in the last couple of years. Even though the floor plans were downsized “there is a super floor plan for the office space. The open floor plan creates maximum use of a smaller space and if necessary modular walls can be utilized for more privacy for individuals. The plan also allows for expansion if the need presents itself in the future without a great deal of cost. The office space is also a secure area and at times when the court room/meeting area is used the office can be closed off to the public.” The total cost of the entire project is within budget using the bond amount authorized through the approved public referendum plus the reserve funds.”
Included in the project is a 10,000 plus sq. ft. town garage. The garage contains five work bays, an office for the highway superintendent and also storage space in a mezzanine in the center section. The flooring is complete and the walls are being erected. With the completion town trucks and equipment will be more protected and easier to service in a much-improved environment.
Contractors involved in the project include Richard Wakeman-General contractor, APL (Advanced Power and Lighting) from Utica, Climate Control-heat and air of Endwell, A. Treffeisen and Sons-plumbing, site contractor Stevens Excavating – site and septic of Otego.

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