FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2006
Careful demolition continues at City Hall north entrance
Fire safety, security, ADA compliance are project priorities
In light of the historic nature and elaborate ornamentation of City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St. in downtown Kansas City, Mo., selective demolition and careful partitioning of exterior and interior areas designated for construction continues.
One example of the care taken during the City Hall north entrance project, which began Sept. 6, is the gentle removal of the original granite wall caps. These wall caps lining the sidewalk along the 11th Street (north side) entrance of City Hall are being removed for cutting, polishing and refitting in May 2007.
"While the closure of the north entrance of City Hall is temporarily inconvenient, we are confident that the long-term fire safety, security, mechanical, electrical and ADA compliance improvements will make everything very worthwhile to all who frequent our historic building," said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen.
Completed in 1937, City Hall is most notable for its art deco details, extensive use of imported Italian gray, red and white marble to line the hallways, and oak veneer paneling in the Council Chamber on the 26th floor.
"The historic and sensitive nature of the building means this is not a project where we can come in and roughly tear everything out," said Mike Blaine, site superintendent of Jenkins & Associates, the project's general contractor. "We understand how to work in this kind of delicate environment, one that I might add, continues operationally in its service to the public every day."
The renovations include these fire safety, security and ADA compliance improvements:
Fire safety -- To facilitate safe passage from smoke and fire for those exiting the building in case of fire emergency, the project includes the construction of fire-rated, enclosed stair towers from the second floor to street level, meeting National Fire Protection Association code requirements. In addition, sprinkler systems will be built into the new and existing vestibules and elevator lobby.
Security -- Due to increased security requirements, the project includes the construction of a new extended entry vestibule at the north entrance, which will house a new and improved security-control checkpoint that does not encroach on the existing elevator lobby.
ADA compliance -- To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, large-diameter revolving doors in the new north side vestibule entrance will be installed.
Additional exterior work involves the construction of a new north plaza and associated landscaping, to include new concrete curbs; gutters; areaways and sidewalks; new granite pavers and granite site walls; new limestone site walls; new top soil at planting beds and sodded lawn areas; plant materials; and irrigation systems.
Further interior work includes plaster, marble and stone repair and replacement; new terrazzo flooring in the existing vestibule; new air handlers including required ductwork, removal of an existing chiller; installation of a new generator and fuel tank in the existing chiller room and adjacent storage room on the basement level; and additional lighting.
Construction costs for the project are estimated at $4.5 million. This project is being funded by general obligation bonds and Public Improvements Advisory Committee funds. BNIM Architects designed the project, Jenkins & Associates is completing the renovations and McCownGordon Construction is providing construction management services.
Until project completion in May 2007, the 11th Street (north side) entrance of City Hall will be closed. In addition, the sidewalk and the south lane of 11th Street between Locust Street and Oak Street also will be closed periodically during this time to provide a parking area for construction vehicles, delivery area for construction materials and 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.
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.
For more information about this project, visit the Capital Improvements Management Office's Web site (www.kcmo.org/cimo).