Monday, September 26, 2011

New digs for commissioners

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

The new edifice of county government.

Tomorrow, El Paso County Commissioners will decide whether to award a contract for remodeling Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., to accommodate themselves.

Of the five bids found to be responsive to the request for proposals to revamp the hall, GH Phipps Construction of Greenwood Village submitted the low bid of $720,322. Other bids ranged up to $855,743.

The project will revamp the former Clerk and Recorder's Office into offices for the county commissioners, budget officials, county administrator, public communications and the county attorney.

Those offices now are housed in the County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., which will be remodeled for use entirely by the Sheriff's Office.

It's all part of the county's shift of offices, including the Department of Human Services, Workforce Center, Public Health Department, clerk and recorder, treasurer and assessor from their former locations in the city's core area to the former Intel building (since renamed the Citizens Service Center) at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road.

The entire project is costing taxpayers roughly $50 million, which includes major energy initiatives designed to save the county money on utility bills for years to come. The county got the money by issuing certificates of participation and other securities without consulting voters.

Details of the Centennial Hall remodel weren't readily available today, but we'll provide more information when it's released.

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