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Posted on September 7, 2017 at 2:14 PM by David Marino
“We are less than 60 days away from actually opening.”
Soon the Buda Police Department will have a new place to call home. The new Public Safety Building is scheduled to open in late October.
“The exterior finishes are finalizing on the exterior stucco. The standing seam metal roof, metal trim, exterior doors and hardware will be going in within the next week,” Project Manager Ray Creswell said.
From the floors to the walls, the amount of progress on the building is evident.
“About 95 percent of the walls have the first layer of paint and the hard ceilings are being painted.”
As for the rest of the Municipal Building, work is moving along nicely.”
“Right now on the exterior we’re trying to finish up all the stone work. The standing seam roof won’t go up until after all masonry work is complete on the building.”
“The windows, the framing and glazing has been put in place on 95 percent of the windows. The main store front entry on the Main Street side of the building will be going in late this week.”
There is still a lot of work to be done on the pedestrian bridge and the parking lot will be finished right before the City Hall and Library building opens.
In the meantime, the countdown is on for the doors to open at the Public Safety Building.
“It really is exciting working with the police department and Chief Bo Kidd in regards to the final finishes and the security on the building itself. I’m really excited to see this part of the complex come together,” said Creswell.
You can watch the video version of this story here: Municipal Complex Update Video - Sept. 7, 2017
Posted on September 6, 2017 at 3:56 PM by David Marino
Posted on August 17, 2017 at 12:24 PM by David Marino
The Buda Fire Department is getting an early start on learning the layout of the Municipal Complex. Firefighters are touring both buildings this week.
Chase Koory is the Job Site Superintendent for JE Dunn, the City’s general contractor. At the fire inspector’s request, Koory is giving tours to all of the firefighters with the Buda Fire Department.
“Generally during construction the fire marshal or a dedicated inspector is the only individual with the fire department to visit the facility before turning it over to the owner. In this case they want to bring their entire shift out to get a lay of the land before we open for business," said Koory.
“They are mainly here to look at what they need to watch for once the building is occupied. They are looking at their means of access and egress in case of an emergency."
The new Public Safety and Municipal Buildings sit on nine-and-a-half acres and that’s a lot of ground cover…
"It's a great idea to involve as many of the government entities as you can that are involved in your project," said Koory.
The new Public Safety and Municipal Buildings sit on 9 and a half acres and that’s a lot of ground cover…
“Both buildings have wet fire sprinkler systems. Those have to be accessible and the fire department needs to know where the main valves and fire department connections are for those in both buildings.”
For Koory and his crew, safety and preparedness go hand in hand.
“It’s great to have the involvement of City staff, the police department, and fire department this early on in the game. It’s very helpful with the construction phase.”
Construction on both buildings is on schedule. The Public Safety Building is expected to open in October of this year and the new City Hall and Library will open in April of 2018.
You can watch the video version of this story here: Buda Fire Department Tours Municipal Complex