About 10,500 square feet of the basement will be remodeled into a conference center, according to the agenda item. It will consist of large and small conference rooms, a kitchen and break area, restrooms and a large classroom that can be divided into smaller classrooms.
The project also includes the upsizing of the on-site generator to allow full emergency backup power for all of City Hall.
The basement is being remodeled so staff can better suit the current needs of the city, according to officials. The project’s goal is to incorporate improved safety and security for staff and visitors, improved internal and external meeting spaces, and improved storage space.
The council approved an agreement with Ramel Co. LLC for $74,900. The company has performed construction management services on both Thrive and Fred Herring Recreation Center. Funds are available in the city’s basement remodel capital project.
Construction is expected to be completed by February 2024. The remaining basement space will serve as storage until the need arises to finish that space as well.