Project: Westfield City Hall Renovations
Location: Westfield, MA
Square Footage: 40,000
When Mayor Knapik of Westfield wanted to bring their City Hall into today’s standards, he embarked down a path to bring the National Historic Register building back to its original glory.
Formally, the State Normal School was built in the 1870’s. Westfield acquired it in 1950 and had done no work on it since. Mayor Knapik for the 3rd time called on P3 to manage this project and provide the City Council and residents the rational for the $13,000,000 project.
Westfield City Hall’s roof had failed to the point of not being a same structure. While embarking on a 27 Million dollar multi-phase Energy Management Program, P3 was tasked with providing new Mechanical, Electrical Service and Lighting for the 40,000 square foot structure. P3 coupled a three-way project, Energy, Truss Repair and Full Handicap Accessibility project with three different General Contractors and has successfully reached its 6 month occupancy goal.
Long covered architectural details were discovered during design development. They have been reused in the final design. The original woodwork was saved and replicated where damage prevented reuse. Use of today’s materials in bathrooms look and feel like an antiquity but are all ADA compliant.
This project required the staff of P3 to move an entire city hall function in a weekend to three temporary locations and then back into City Hall. Due to P3‘s diligent supervision this was a seamless transition. P3 then attacked the program with vigor all the while producing information to the residents and councilors in multiple meetings. This approach was used by P3 on the MSBA’s only approved joint EMS/MSBA Green Repair High School. This model of tight scheduling is not new to P3 and we have supervised many school projects in the summer months while schools are vacant.
City Hall is a great example of a successful historic renovation and opened its newly renovated doors to the public in early December 2013.