BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council this week approved retaining the services of Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects for the design and engineering for the remodeling of the current Boone Public Works building. The agreement approved by the Council will cost just over $37,000. Some additional expenses could be encountered under the scope of work being asked for the project. A couple of years ago, the Council was considering the construction of a new building on the southwest corner of the lot where the current building sits. For a variety of reasons, including some issues with site itself, that project has not materialized. The current building was constructed quickly after a fire in the late 80’s and is in serious need of renovation.
The current project would include remodeling to include a number of offices for department heads, a reception area for the public and staff facilities including restrooms and a break room. Public Works would like a wash bay for equipment and also up grades to the equipment in the current service area, including hoists. The west end of the building is cold storage and heating is needed. Any plans would require that work be done while the building is occupied and in use. Construction would begin later this spring or early this summer and work would be let through a public bid process. Preliminary city estimates for such a project are in excess of $650,000.
Council’s approval of the agreement with Roseland, Mackey, Harris will now allow work to proceed.