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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2006

City Hall north entrance to close
11th Street entrance to close; one lane of 11th Street to close for City Hall construction

The 11th Street (north side) entrance of City Hall will close Wednesday, Sept. 6, starting at 7 a.m. for construction. City Hall is located at 414 E. 12th St. in downtown Kansas City, Mo. This closure will remain in effect until May 2007.

The south lane of 11th Street between Locust Street and Oak Street also will be closed periodically during this time for a parking area of construction vehicles, delivery of construction materials and to provide a safe perimeter for demolition.

City Hall employees and visitors are urged to use the 12th Street (south side) entrance of City Hall. Drivers are encouraged to conduct any pick-ups or drop-offs along 12th Street between Oak Street and Locust Street. Those who park in the 11th & Oak Parking Facility are advised to use the southeast stairwell and elevator of the facility.

Construction costs for the project are estimated to cost $4.5 million and are being funded by general obligation bonds and Public Improvements Advisory Committee funds. The renovations include construction of fire-rated stair towers from the second floor of City Hall to street level; a new extended entry vestibule at the north entrance; a new and improved security checkpoint; new ADA-approved revolving doors; and a new north plaza and landscaping.

City Hall was built in 1937 and it is comprised of 29 stories plus a 30th story observation deck. It is the third tallest building in the city and is one of the tallest city halls in the country. The building has many notable art deco details and ornamentation, including interior sculpted brass elevator doors depicting the four major modes of transportation (planes, boats, cars and trains) that serve Kansas City, as well as an exterior frieze of relief sculptures depicting the early settlement and growth of the Kansas City area.

BNIM Architects designed the project, Jenkins & Associates will complete the renovations and McCownGordon Construction will provide construction management services.

Individuals are urged to stay alert and aware of hazardous conditions while traveling near this construction area. Construction site conditions can change rapidly and previously clear areas may become hazardous by the ongoing movement of construction equipment or materials. While in effect, posted restrictions regarding site, street and lane closures must be followed at all times and should not be disregarded by the public.

Media inquiries about the improvements to the City Hall should be directed to Steffany Hedenkamp, communicationsspecialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 506-4630.Office, (816) 506-4630.

    
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